Professor Hansjörg Grützmacher

Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

ETH Zürich, HCI H 131
CH 8093 Zürich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 632 28 55

Date of Birth: March 24, 1959, Nationality: German

1987 – 1992: Habilitation at the University of Heidelberg (topic: Low coordinated tin and phosphorus compounds).
1986 -1987: Chargé de recherche at the C.N.R.S. Toulouse, Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (with Dir. Dr. G. Bertrand).
1978 – 1986: Studies, Master, and PhD in chemistry in Göttingen, Germany (with Prof.Dr. H.W. Roesky).

Professional Career:
2001 – present: Full-professor at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences of the ETH Zürich.
1995 – 2001: Extra-ordinary professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the ETH Zürich.
1992 – 1995: Professor of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Freiburg.

Visiting professorships:
2002- 2006: Professeur chargé de cours at the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris-Palaiseau.
2004, 2005: Visiting professor at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane.
2010: Visiting professor at the ICCOM-CNR, Florence, Italy.
2012-2017: Visiting professor at the Sun Yat-Sen University, China.

Research interests:
(i) phosphorus radicals (potentially interesting as “super”-spin-labels); (ii) structures and reactivity of low coordinated phosphorus compounds and metal phosphides; (iii) main group element based photo-initiators; iv) transition metal olefin and amine/amido complexes; v) redox chemistry of organometallics; (iv) catalytic hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions promoted by transition metal complexes.

Major Publications:
1. A first stable aminyl radical metal complex, T. Büttner, J. Geier, G. Frison, J. Harmer, C. Calle, A. Schweiger, H. Grützmacher, Science, 2005, 307, 235 – 238.
2. A Biologically Inspired Organometallic Fuel Cell (OMFC) that Converts Renewable Alcohols into Energy and Chemicals, S. P. Annen, V. Bambagioni, M. Bevilacqua, J. Filippi, A. Marchionni, W. Oberhauser, H. Schönberg, F. Vizza, C. Bianchini, H. Grützmacher, Angew. Chem. 2010, 7387–7391; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 2010, 7229–7233.
3. Phosphination of Carbon Monoxide: A Simple Synthesis of Sodium Phosphaethynolate (NaOCP), Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 8420-8423.
4. A Homogeneous Transition Metal Complex for the Clean Hydrogen Production from Methanol / Water Mixtures, R. E. Rodríguez-Lugo, M. Trincado, M. Vogt, F. Tewes, G. Santiso-Quinones, H. Grützmacher, Nature Chemistry, 2013, 5, 342-347
5. Homogeneously Catalysed Conversion of Aqueous Formaldehyde to H2 and Carbonate, M. Trincado, V. Sinha, R. Rodriguez-Lugo, B. Pribanic, B. de Bruin, H. Grützmacher, Nat. Commun., 2017, NCOMMS-16-22952C.
6. Star-shaped Polymers via Simple Wavelength-Selective Free Radical Photopolymerization, A. Eibel, D. E. Fast, J. Sattelkow, M. Zalibera, J. Wang, A. Huber, G. Müller, D. Neshchadin, K. Dietliker, H. Plank, H. Grützmacher, G. Gescheidt, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 14306-14309.

Selected Awards and Honors:
1993: Carl Duisberg Medal of the German Chemical Society
2006: Kohler Lecturer at the University of California, Riverside
2007: Sandmeyer Award of the Swiss Chemical Society
2009: Xerox lecture at the University of British Columbia
2011: Egon Wiberg lecture at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich
2012: R. J. P. Williams lecture, Oxford
2013: Hofmann Distinguished Lecture, Imperial College London
2014: Curator of the Angewandte Chemie
2017: Wilhelm Klemm Award of the German Chemical Society