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Copéret Group
Controlled chemistry of surfaces: catalysis and functional materials

Grützmacher Group
Main group elements and catalysis

Günther Group
Inorganic analytical chemistry
Ablation methods

Kovalenko Group
Nanostructures and their surfaces
Energy conversion and storage

Lippert Group
Functional oxide films
Materials for laser applications

Mezzetti Group
Homogeneous catalysis

Novák Group
Lithium ion batteries

Togni Group
Homogeneous catalysis


Welcome to Inorganic Chemistry


Short Overview



  • Analytical Chemistry

  • Homogeneous Catalysis

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis

  • Main Group Chemistry

  • Batteries

  • Inorganic Thin layers

  • Luminescent Materials

  • Nanomaterials

  • Energy technology

  • Surface modification

  • Fast reactions


  • Christophe Copéret

  • Hansjörg Grützmacher

  • Detlef Günther

  • Maksym Kovalenko (also EMPA)

  • Thomas Lippert (PSI)

  • Antonio Mezzetti

  • Petr Novák (PSI)

  • Antonio Togni





Prof. Dr.
Christophe Copéret

In the 19th century there were no distinct subdisciplines in chemistry. At the beginning of the 20th century the separation into organic and inorganic chemistry began to emerge. Even the chemists of the old days had already a preference for either carbon-based materials or more mineral substances. Frederick Pearson Treadwell was a notable professor at ETH who developed the analysis of inorganic compounds and mixtures. Alfred Werner was a student of ETH, who initiated the separation of inorganic chemistry by founding coordination chemistry, when he became professor at the University of Zurich. Coordination chemistry was a major topic at ETH in later times, culminating in the quantitative research of Gerold Schwarzenbach. After this accomplishment, the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry focussed on organometallic and solid state chemistry, which foster the development of efficient catalysts and new materials.

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