Dr. Marco Ranocchiari

Ranocchiari_Marco

Syncat Group Leader

Paul Scherrer Institut
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI
Schweiz

Research Bio

As the group leader of the Syncat group, I am actively working on the synthesis of single-site heterogeneous catalysts based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) defined at the molecular level. Their application in selective catalytic transformation such as asymmetric hydrogenation, olefin metathesis, olefin hydroformylation, and stereoselective organocatalysis is being explored. A full use of various characterization techniques - such as infra-red, UV-Visible, X-ray photoelectron emission, X-ray Absorption, and NMR spectroscopies as well as X-ray diffraction techniques and electron microscopy to understand structure-performance relations – is employed. Several studies aimed at proving that MOFs are unique heterogeneous molecular catalysts are conducted showing that one can tune active sites and the environment around them at the atomic level to get unique selectivity in catalytic reactions. I am also heavily involved in the low-temperature gas-phase direct oxidation of methane to methanol mediated by copper zeolites and published several publications on the topic.

Curriculum Vitae

2019 - current Lecturer of the course "Industrial Chemistry" at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2017 - current Co-founder and scientific advisor of novoMOF
2016 - current Group Leader at Energy and Environment Division - Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
2012 - 2018 Lecturer of the course "Catalysis" at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2013 - 2015 Scientist in Department for Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
2010 - 2013 Postdoc in the van Bokhoven Group, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
2005 - 2009 Ph.D., ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2000 - 2005 B.Sc. and M.Sc., Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • Ferreira Sanchez D, Ihli J, Zhang D, Rohrbach T, Zimmerman P, Lee J, et al.
    Spatio‐chemical heterogeneity of defect‐engineered metal‐organic framework crystals revealed by full‐field tomographic X‐ray absorption spectroscopy
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2021; 60(18): 10032-10039. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202013422
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  • Liu Q, Meissel H, Sadykov I, Jones S, Van Dijk N, Rzepka P, et al.
    On the stability of Pt‐based catalysts in HBr/Br2 solution
    Helvetica Chimica Acta. 2021; 104: e2100082 (10 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1002/hlca.202100082
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  • Palagin D, Sushkevich VL, Knorpp AJ, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Mapping vibrational spectra to the structures of copper species in zeolites based on calculated stretching frequencies of adsorbed nitrogen and carbon monoxides
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2021; 125(22): 12094-12106. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c01649
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  • Bauer G, Ongari D, Tiana D, Gäumann P, Rohrbach T, Pareras G, et al.
    Metal-organic frameworks as kinetic modulators for branched selectivity in hydroformylation
    Nature Communications. 2020; 11(1): 1059 (8 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-14828-6
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  • Taddei M, Van Bokhoven JA, Ranocchiari M
    Influence of water in the synthesis of the zirconium-based metal-organic framework UiO-66: isolation and reactivity of [ZrCl(OH)2(DMF)2]Cl
    Inorganic Chemistry. 2020; 59(11): 7860-7868. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c00991
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  • Mostrou S, Nagl A, Ranocchiari M, Föttinger K, van Bokhoven JA
    The catalytic and radical mechanism for ethanol oxidation to acetic acid
    Chemical Communications. 2019; 55(79): 11833-11836. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9CC05813C
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  • Ravi M, Sushkevich VL, Knorpp AJ, Newton MA, Palagin D, Pinar AB, et al.
    Misconceptions and challenges in methane-to-methanol over transition-metal-exchanged zeolites
    Nature Catalysis. 2019; 2(6): 485-494. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41929-019-0273-z
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  • Tomkins P, Mansouri A, Sushkevich VL, van der Wal LI, Bozbag SE, Krumeich F, et al.
    Increasing the activity of copper exchanged mordenite in the direct isothermal conversion of methane to methanol by Pt and Pd doping
    Chemical Science. 2019; 10(1): 167-171. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8SC02795A
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  • Bozbag SE, Sot P, Nachtegaal M, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA, Mesters C
    Direct stepwise oxidation of methane to methanol over Cu-SiO2
    ACS Catalysis. 2018; 8(7): 5721-5731. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.8b01021
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  • Bauer G, Ongari D, Xu X, Tiana D, Smit B, Ranocchiari M
    Metal-Organic Frameworks Invert Molecular Reactivity: Lewis Acidic Phosphonium Zwitterions Catalyze the Aldol-Tishchenko Reaction
    Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2017; 139(50): 18166-18169. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b10928
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  • Palagin D, Knorpp AJ, Pinar AB, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Assessing the relative stability of copper oxide clusters as active sites of a CuMOR zeolite for methane to methanol conversion: size matters?
    Nanoscale. 2017; 9(3): 1144-1153. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6nr07723d
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  • Park MB, Ahn SH, Mansouri A, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Comparative study of diverse copper zeolites for the conversion of methane into methanol
    ChemCatChem. 2017; 9(19): 3705-3713. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201700768
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  • Ravi M, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    The direct catalytic oxidation of methane to methanol - a critical assessment
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2017; 56(52): 16464-16483. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201702550
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  • Sushkevich VL, Palagin D, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Response to Comment on “Selective anaerobic oxidation of methane enables direct synthesis of methanol”
    Science. 2017; 358(6360): eaan6083. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aan6083
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  • Sushkevich VL, Palagin D, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Selective anaerobic oxidation of methane enables direct synthesis of methanol
    Science. 2017; 356(6337): 523-527. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aam9035
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  • Taddei M, Casati N, Steitz DA, Dümbgen KC, van Bokhoven JA, Ranocchiari M
    In situ high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction study of UiO-66 under synthesis conditions in a continuous-flow microwave reactor
    CrystEngComm. 2017; 19(23): 3206-3214. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ce00867h
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  • Taddei M, Tiana D, Casati N, van Bokhoven JA, Smit B, Ranocchiari M
    Mixed-linker UiO-66: structure-property relationships revealed by a combination of high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction and density functional theory calculations
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2017; 19(2): 1551-1559. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6cp07801j
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  • Tomkins P, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Direct conversion of methane to methanol under mild conditions over Cu-zeolites and beyond
    Accounts of Chemical Research. 2017; 50(2): 418-425. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.6b00534
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  • Vilhanová B, van Bokhoven JA, Ranocchiari M
    Gold particles supported on amino-functionalized silica catalyze transfer hydrogenation of N-heterocyclic compounds
    Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis. 2017; 359(4): 677-686. https://doi.org/10.1002/adsc.201601147
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  • Vilhanová B, Václavík J, Artiglia L, Ranocchiari M, Togni A, van Bokhoven JA
    Subnanometer gold clusters on amino-functionalized silica: an efficient catalyst for the synthesis of 1,3-diynes by oxidative alkyne coupling
    ACS Catalysis. 2017; 7(5): 3414-3418. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.7b00691
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  • Beloqui Redondo A, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Synthesis of sub-nanometer gold particles on modified silica
    Dalton Transactions. 2016; 45(7): 2983-2988. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5dt04957a
    DORA PSI
  • Bozbag SE, Alayon EMC, Pecháček J, Nachtegaal M, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Methane to methanol over copper mordenite: yield improvement through multiple cycles and different synthesis techniques
    Catalysis Science and Technology. 2016; 6(13): 5011-5022. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6cy00041j
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  • Meyer K, Bashir S, Llorca J, Idriss H, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Photocatalyzed hydrogen evolution from water by a composite catalyst of NH2-MIL-125(Ti) and surface nickel(II) species
    Chemistry: A European Journal. 2016; 22(39): 13894-13899. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201601988
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  • Taddei M, Dümbgen KC, van Bokhoven JA, Ranocchiari M
    Aging of the reaction mixture as a tool to modulate the crystallite size of UiO-66 into the low nanometer range
    Chemical Communications. 2016; 52(38): 6411-6414. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6cc02517j
    DORA PSI
  • Taddei M, Steitz DA, van Bokhoven JA, Ranocchiari M
    Continuous-flow microwave synthesis of metal-organic frameworks: a highly efficient method for large-scale production
    Chemistry: A European Journal. 2016; 22(10): 3245-3249. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201505139
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  • Todaro M, Buscarino G, Sciortino L, Alessi A, Messina F, Taddei M, et al.
    Decomposition process of carboxylate MOF HKUST-1 unveiled at the atomic scale level
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2016; 120(23): 12879-12889. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b03237
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  • Tomkins P, Mansouri A, Bozbag SE, Krumeich F, Park MB, Alayon EMC, et al.
    Isothermal cyclic conversion of methane into methanol over copper-exchanged zeolite at low temperature
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2016; 55(18): 5467-5471. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201511065
    DORA PSI
  • Vilhanová B, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Enantioselective hydrogenation of olefins enhanced by metal-organic framework additives
    ChemCatChem. 2016; 8(2): 308-312. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201500907
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  • Alayon EMC, Nachtegaal M, Bodi A, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Bis(µ-oxo) versus mono(µ-oxo)dicopper cores in a zeolite for converting methane to methanol: an in situ XAS and DFT investigation
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2015; 17(12): 7681-7693. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4cp03226h
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  • Beloqui Redondo A, Morel FL, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Functionalized Ruthenium-Phosphine Metal-Organic Framework for Continuous Vapor-Phase Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid
    ACS Catalysis. 2015; 5(12): 7099-7103. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.5b01987
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  • Meyer K, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Metal organic frameworks for photo-catalytic water splitting
    Energy and Environmental Science. 2015; 8(7): 1923-1937. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5ee00161g
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  • Morel FL, Pin S, Huthwelker T, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Phosphine and phosphine oxide groups in metal-organic frameworks detected by P K-edge XAS
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2015; 17(5): 3326-3331. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4cp05151c
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  • Schütrumpf A, Kirpi E, Bulut A, Morel FL, Ranocchiari M, Lork E, et al.
    Tetrahedral tetraphosphonic acids. New building blocks in supramolecular chemistry
    Crystal Growth and Design. 2015; 15(10): 4925-4931. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.5b00811
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  • Taddei M, Dau PV, Cohen SM, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA, Costantino F, et al.
    Efficient microwave assisted synthesis of metal-organic framework UiO-66: optimization and scale up
    Dalton Transactions. 2015; 44(31): 14019-14026. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5dt01838b
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  • Morel FL, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Synthesis and characterization of phosphine-functionalized metal-organic frameworks based on MOF-5 and MIL-101 topologies
    Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 2014; 53(22): 9120-9127. https://doi.org/10.1021/ie403549v
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  • Xu X, Rummelt SM, Morel FL, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Selective catalytic behavior of a phosphine-tagged metal-organic framework organocatalyst
    Chemistry: A European Journal. 2014; 20(47): 15467-15472. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201404498
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  • Xu X, van Bokhoven JA, Ranocchiari M
    Tuning regioisomer reactivity in catalysis using bifunctional metal-organic frameworks with mixed linkers
    ChemCatChem. 2014; 6(7): 1887-1891. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201402164
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  • Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Synthesis and reactivity of Zn-biphenyl metal-organic frameworks, introducing a diphenylphosphino functional group
    Chimia. 2013; 67(6): 397-402. https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2013.397
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  • Sá J, Szlachetko J, Kleymenov E, Lothschütz C, Nachtegaal M, Ranocchiari M, et al.
    Fine tuning of gold electronic structure by IRMOF post-synthetic modification
    RSC Advances. 2013; 3(30): 12043-12048. https://doi.org/10.1039/c3ra40970h
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  • Tuci G, Rossin A, Xu X, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA, Luconi L, et al.
    "Click" on MOFs: a versatile tool for the multimodal derivatization of N3-decorated metal organic frameworks
    Chemistry of Materials. 2013; 25(11): 2297-2308. https://doi.org/10.1021/cm400899a
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  • Václavík J, Servalli M, Lothschütz C, Szlachetko J, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    AuI catalysis on a coordination polymer: a solid porous ligand with free phosphine sites
    ChemCatChem. 2013; 5(3): 692-696. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201200844
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  • Alayon EM, Nachtegaal M, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Catalytic conversion of methane to methanol over Cu-mordenite
    Chemical Communications. 2012; 48(3): 404-406. https://doi.org/10.1039/c1cc15840f
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  • Alayon EMC, Nachtegaal M, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Catalytic conversion of methane to methanol using Cu-zeolites
    Chimia. 2012; 66(9): 668-674. https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2012.668
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  • Ranocchiari M, Lothschütz C, Grolimund D, van Bokhoven JA
    Single-atom active sites on metal-organic frameworks
    In: Vol. 468. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. Royal Society; 2012:1985-1999. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2012.0078
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  • Rummelt SM, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Synthesis of water-soluble phosphine oxides by Pd/C-catalyzed P-C coupling in water
    Organic Letters. 2012; 14(8): 2188-2190. https://doi.org/10.1021/ol300582y
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  • Servalli M, Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Fast and high yield post-synthetic modification of metal-organic frameworks by vapor diffusion
    Chemical Communications. 2012; 48(13): 1904-1906. https://doi.org/10.1039/c2cc17461h
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  • Ranocchiari M, van Bokhoven JA
    Catalysis by metal-organic frameworks: Fundamentals and opportunities
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2011; 13(14): 6388-6396. https://doi.org/10.1039/c0cp02394a
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  • Schotes C, Ranocchiari M, Mezzetti A
    Aqua and diethyl ether PNNP complexes of ruthenium(II): Structure and solution behavior
    Organometallics. 2011; 30(13): 3596-3602. https://doi.org/10.1021/om200289x
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