Prof. Xile Hu from the EPFL Lausanne has won the 2020 International Catalysis Award from the International Association of Catalysis Societies.

Every four years, IACS award the International Catalysis Award, “to recognize and encourage individual contributions by a young person in the field of catalysis.” Examples of such contributions include significantly improving a catalytic process or making an important contribution to the understanding of catalytic phenomena.

Xile Hu is the founder and director of the Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Catalysis, where his research focuses on developing catalysts made of earth-abundant elements for chemical transformations related to synthesis, energy, and sustainability. Professor Hu is specifically awarded “for the creative and high-impact work in combining material development, electrochemistry and concepts of homogeneous catalysis for the production of solar fuels».


Céline Wittwer, SCS