Dr. Davide Ferri

Short description
Group leader
Paul Scherrer Institute PSI
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI

Professional experience

  • 2022 - Member of Board of PhD Programme in Chemical and Materials Sciences, University of Torino, Italy
  • 2018 - Group leader, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  • 2015 - Alternate Sponsored Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland - WA, United States
  • 2012 - Senior scientist, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  • 2007 - Group leader heterogeneous catalysis, Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
  • 2004 - Scientist, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2002 - Sales & Application manager, Bruker Optics GmbH, Switzerland


  • 2002 - PhD in Technical Chemistry, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1997 - Laurea in Chimica Industriale, University of Milan, Italy


  • 2024 - Guest editor, special issue of Chimia, Operando spectroscopy in Switzerland.
  • 2024 - Guest editor, special issue of Catalysis Today, Operando VII.
  • 2023 - Co-organizer of Operando VII, the 7th International Congress on Operando Spectroscopy, Grindelwald, Switzerland.
  • 2022 - Tag der offenen Tür at PSI, responsible for ENE division.
  • 2020 - Guest editor, special issue of Catalysts, In situ and operando vibrational spectroscopy in catalysis
  • 2019 - Partial-PGMs Summer School, Characterization of catalysts under transient conditions, Albarella, Italy.
  • 2019 - Guest Editor, special issue of Catalysts, Catalysis by Metals on Perovskite-Type Oxides
  • 2018 - SCS Seminar 2018/1 - Catalysis across scales, Spectroscopy of catalysts - which one shall I choose?, Interlaken, Switzerland.
  • 2016 - The 13th International School and Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Science (ISSRNS’2016), Enhancing the sensitivity of X-ray based techniques by pulse experiments, Ustron, Poland.
  • 2015 - Tag der offenen Tür at PSI, responsible for ENE division.
  • 2015 - Co-chair of Microsymposium 'Operando studies of catalytic systems', XXIII SILS Meeting, Trento, Italy.
  • 2014 - Organizer of Session Catalysis Science and Engineering at Fall Meeting of Swiss Chemical Society, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2013 - Co-organizer of Symposium X 'Advances in the characterization of functional materials under relevant process conditions', Spring Meeting of E-MRS, Strasbourg, France
  • 2013 - Organizer of Spring Meeting of Swiss Chemical Society, Opportunities and Challenges in Catalysis, PSI, Switzerland
  • 2011 - Organizer of 1st Swiss Heterogeneous Catalysis Meeting, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Heterogeneous catalysis; environmental catalysis; solid-gas and solid-liquid reactions; in situ/operando spectroscopy; vibrational spectroscopy; ATR-IR; material synthesis; perovskite-type oxides; modulated excitation methodology; transient methods


  • Paul, R., Shit, S.C., Fovanna, T., Ferri, D., Rao, B.S., Gunasooriya, G.T.K.K., Dao, D.Q., Van Le, Q., Shown, I., Sherburne, M.P., Trinh, Q.T., Mondal, J., Realizing catalytic acetophenone hydrodeoxygenation with palladium-equipped porous organic polymers, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 12 (2020) 50550-50565.
  • Baranowski, C., Fovanna, T., Maneka, R., Signorile, M., McCaig, J., Bahmanpour, A., Ferri, D., Kröcher, O., Water inhibition of oxymethylene dimethyl ether synthesis over zeolite H-Beta: a combined kinetic and in situ ATR-IR study, ACS Catal., 10 (2020) 8106.
  • Alxneit, I., Garbujo, A., Carollo, G., Ferri, D., Glisenti, A., CuO/La0.5Sr0.5CoO3: precursor of efficient NO reduction catalyst under three-way catalysis studied by operando high energy X-ray diffraction, PCCP, 22 (2020) 18798.
  • Carollo, G., Garbujo, A., Bedon, A., Ferri, D., Natile, M.M., Glisenti, A., Cu/CGO cermet based electrodes for symmetric and reversible Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Int. J. Hydr. En., 45 (2020) 13652.
  • Clark, A.H., Steiger, P., Bornmann, B., Hitz, S., Frahm, R., Ferri, D., Nachtegaal, M., Fluorescence‐detected quick‐scanning X‐ray absorption spectroscopy, J. Synchr. Rad., 27 (2020) 681.
  • Marchionni, V., Nachtegaal, M., Ferri, D., Influence of CO on dry CH4 oxidation on Pd/Al2O3 by operando spectroscopy: A multitechnique modulated excitation study, ACS Catal., 10 (2020) 4791.
  • Fovanna, T., Campisi, S., Villa, A., Kambolis, A., Peng, G., Rentsch, D., Kröcher, O., Nachtegaal, M., Ferri, D., Ruthenium on phosphorous-modified alumina as effective and stable catalyst for catalytic transfer hydrogenation of furfural, RSC Adv., 10 (2020) 11507.
  • Clark, A.H., Nuguid, R.J.G., Steiger, P., Marberger, A., Petrov, A.W., Ferri, D., Nachtegaal, M., Kröcher, O., Selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 on Cu-SSZ-13: Deciphering the low and high-temperature rate-limiting steps by transient XAS experiments, ChemCatChem, 12(2020) 1429.
  • Checchia, S., Mulligan C.J., Emerich, H., Alxneit, I., Krumeich, F., Di Michiel, M., Thompson, P.B.J., Hii, K.K., Ferri, D., Newton, M.A., Pd-LaFeO3 Catalysts in Aqueous Ethanol: Pd Reduction, Leaching, and Structural Transformations in the Presence of a Base, ACS Catal., 10 (2020) 3933.
  • Steiger, P., Kröcher, O., Ferri, D., Increased nickel exsolution from LaFeNiO3 perovskite-derived CO2 methanation catalysts through strontium doping, Appl. Catal. A., 164 (2020) 568.
  • Newton, M.A., Ferri, D., Mulligan C.J., Alxneit, I., Emerich, H., Thompson, P., Hii, K.K.M., In situ study of metal leaching from Pd/Al2O3 induced by K2CO3, Catal. Sci. Technol., 10 (2020) 466.
  • Greenaway, A.G., Marberger, A., Thetford, A., Lezcano-Gonzalez, I., Agote-Aran, M., Nachtegaal, M., Ferri, D., Kröcher, O., Catlow, C.R.A., Beale, A.M., Detection of key transient Cu intermediates in SSZ-13 during NH3-SCR deNOx by modulation excitation IR spectroscopy, Chem. Sci., 11 (2020) 447.


  • Ferri, D., Pergolesi, D., Fabbri, E., Energy conversion processes with perovskite-type materials, Chimia, 73 (2019) 913.
  • Nuguid, R.J.G., Ferri, D., Kröcher, O., Design of a reactor cell for modulated excitation Raman and diffuse-reflectance studies of selective catalytic reduction Catalysts, Em. Control Sci. Technol., 5 (2019) 307.
  • Nuguid, R.J.G., Ferri, D., Nachtegaal, M., Kröcher, O., Modulated excitation Raman spectroscopy of V2O5/TiO2: Mechanistic insights into the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3, ACS Catal., 9 (2019) 6814.
  • Steiger, P., Burnat, D., Kröcher, O., Heel, A., Ferri, D., Segregation of Nickel/Iron bimetallic particles from Lanthanum doped Strontium titanates to improve sulfur stability of solid oxide fuel cell anodes, Catalysts, 9 (2019) 332.
  • Petrov, A.W., Ferri, D., Kröcher, O., van Bokhoven, J.A., Design of stable palladium-based zeolite catalysts for complete methane oxidation by post-synthesis zeolite modification, ACS Catal., 9 (2019) 2303.
  • Marberger, A., Elsener, M., Nuguid, R.J.G., Ferri, D., Kröcher, O., Thermal activation and aging of a V2O5/WO3-TiO2 catalyst for the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3, Appl. Catal. A, 573 (2019) 64.
  • Steiger, P., Burnat, D., Madi, H., Mai, A., Holzer, L., Van Herle, J., Kröcher, O., Heel, A., Ferri, D., Sulfur poisoning recovery on a SOFC anode material through reversible segregation of nickel, Chem. Mater., 31 (2019) 748.
  • Sridhar, M., Brose, S., Siewert, D., Ferri, D., van Bokhoven, J.A, Kröcher, O., Mechanistic implications of lanthanum-modification on gold-catalyzed formic acid decomposition under SCR-relevant conditions, Appl. Catal. B, 244 (2019) 709.
  • Steiger, P., Alxneit, I., Ferri, D., Nickel incorporation in perovskite-type metal oxides – implications on reducibility, Acta Mater., 164 (2019) 568.
  • Marberger, A., Ferri, D., Rentsch, D., Krumeich, F., Elsener, M., Kröcher, O., Effect of SiO2 on co-impregnated V2O5/WO3/TiO2 catalysts for the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3, Catal. Today, 320 (2019) 123.


  • Pieber, S.M., Kambolis, A., Ferri, D., Bhattu, D., Bruns, E.A., Elsener, M., Kröcher, O., Prevot, A.S.H., Baltensperger, U., Mitigation of secondary organic aerosol formation of log wood burning emissions by catalytic removal of aromatic hydrocarbons, Environ. Sci. Technol., 52 (2018) 13381.
  • Steiger, P., Nachtegaal, M., Kröcher, O., Ferri, D., Reversible segregation of Ni in LaFe0.8Ni0.2O3±d during coke removal, ChemCatChem, 10 (2018) 4456.
  • Petrov, A.V., Ferri, D., Krumeich, F., Nachtegaal, M., van Bokhoven, J.A., Kröcher, O., Stable complete methane oxidation over palladium based zeolite catalysts, Nat. Commun., 9 (2018) Article number: 2545.
  • Pereniguez, R., Ferri, D., Structure reversibility of LaCo1-xCuxO3 followed by in situ X-ray diffraction and absorption spectroscopy, ChemPhysChem, 19 (2018) 1876.
  • Chiarello, G.L., Ferri, D., Selli, E., In situ attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy study of the photocatalytic steam reforming of methanol on Pt/TiO2, Appl. Surf. Sci., 450 (2018) 146.
  • Marberger, A., Petrov, A.W., Steiger, P., Elsener, M., Kröcher, O., Nachtegaal, M., Ferri, D., Time-resolved copper speciation during selective catalytic reduction of NO on Cu-SSZ-13, Nature Catal., 1 (2018) 221.
  • Ferri, D., Elsener, M., Kröcher, O., Methane oxidation over a honeycomb Pd-only three-way catalyst under static and periodic operation, Appl. Catal. B, 220 (2018) 67.


  • Ferri, D., Gaur, A., Grunwaldt, J.D., Genesis of a Co–salicylaldimine complex on silica followed in situ by FTIR and XAS, ChemPhysChem, 18 (2017) 2835.
  • Marberger, A., Ferri, D., Elsener, M., Sagar, A., Artner, C., Schermanz, K., Kröcher, O., Relationship between structures and activities of supported metal vanadates for the selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3, Appl. Catal. B, 218 (2017) 731.
  • Marchionni, V., Ferri, D., Kröcher, O., Wokaun, A., Increasing the sensitivity to short-lived species in a modulated excitation experiment, Anal. Chem., 89 (2017) 5801.
  • Steiger, P., Delmelle, R., Foppiano, D., Holzer, L., Heel, A., Nachtegaal, M., Kröcher, O., Ferri, D., Stable Ni particles through structural reversibility in La-Fe-Ni perovskite type metal oxide catalysts, ChemSusChem, 10 (2017) 2505.
  • Sridhar, M., Ferri, D., van Bokhoven, J.A., Kröcher, O., Water-assisted oxygen activation during gold-catalyzed formic acid decomposition under SCR-relevant conditions, J. Catal., 349 (2017) 197.
  • Petrov, A., Ferri, D., Tarik, M., Kröcher, O., van Bokhoven, J.A., Deactivation Aspects of Methane Oxidation Catalysts Based on Palladium and ZSM-5, Topics Catal., 60 (2017) 123.
  • Marchionni, V., Kambolis, A., Nachtegaal. M., Kröcher, O., Ferri, D., High energy X-ray diffraction and IR spectroscopy of Pt/Al2O3 during CO oxidation in a novel catalytic reactor cell, Catal. Struct. React., 3 (2017) 71.
  • Pereniguez, R., Caballero, A., Ferri, D., Preferential oxidation of CO on a La-Co-Ru perovskite-type oxide catalyst, Catal. Commun., 92 (2017) 75.


  • Newton, M.A., Ferri, D., Smolentsev, G., Marchionni, V., Nachtegaal, M., Kinetic studies of the Pt carbonate-mediated, room-temperature oxidation of carbon monoxide by oxygen over Pt/Al2O3 using combined, time-resolved XAFS, DRIFTS, and mass spectrometry, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 138 (2016) 13930.
  • Marchionni, V., Szlachetko, J., Nachtegaal, M., Kambolis, A., Kröcher, O., Ferri, O., An operando emission spectroscopy study of Pt/Al2O3 and Pt/CeO2/Al2O3, PCCP, 18 (2016) 29268.
  • Marberger, A., Ferri, D., Elsener, M., Kröcher, O., The significance of Lewis acid sites for the selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide on vanadium-based catalysts, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed., 55 (2016) 11989.
  • Burnat, D., Kontic, R., Holzer, L., Steiger, P., Ferri, D., Heel, A., Smart material concept: reversible microstructural self-regeneration for catalytic applications, J. Mater. Chem. A, 4 (2016) 11939.
  • Martin, O., Mondelli, C., Cervellino, A., Ferri, D., Douilly, C., Curulla-Ferré, D., Pérez-Ramirez, J., Operando synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and modulated-excitation infrared spectroscopy elucidate the CO2 promotion on a commercial methanol synthesis catalyst, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed.,55 (2016) 11031.
  • Campisi, S., Ferri, D., Villa, A., Wang, W., Wang, D., Kröcher, O., Prati, L., Selectivity Control in Palladium Catalyzed Alcohol Oxidation Through Selective Blocking of Active Sites, J. Phys. Chem. C, 120 (2016) 14027.
  • Marchionni, V., Nachtegaal, M., Petrov, A., Kröcher, O., Ferri, D., Operando XAS study of the influence of CO and NO on methane oxidation by Pd/Al2O3, J. Phys.: Conf. Series, 712 (2016) 012051.
  • Ferri, D., Heel, A., Burnat, D., Aerosol spray synthesis of powder perovskite-type oxides, in Perovskites and Related Mixed Oxides: Concepts and Applications, Eds. Granger P., Parvulescu V.I., Kaliaguine S., Prellier W., 1st Edition, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2016, p. 69.


  • Newton, M.A., Ferri, D., Smolentsev, G., Marchionni, V., Nachtegaal, M., Room-temperature carbon monoxide oxidation by oxygen over Pt/Al2O3 mediated by reactive platinum carbonates, Nat. Commun., 6 (2015) Art. Nr. 8675.
  • Marberger, A., Elsener, A., Ferri, D., Kröcher O., VOx surface coverage optimization of V2O5/WO3-TiO2 SCR catalysts by variation of the V loading and by aging, Catalysts, 5 (2015) 1704.
  • Lu, Y., Keav, S., Maegli, A.E., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Pd loading and structure of flame-made Pd/YFeO3±d, Top. Catal., 58 (2015) 910.
  • Kambolis, A., Ferri, D., Lu, Y., Yannopoulos, S.N., Pokrant, S., Rentsch, D., Kröcher, O., Structural modification of Ni/γ-Al2O3 with Boron for enhanced carbon resistance during CO methanation, ChemCatChem, 7 (2015) 3261.
  • Michalow-Mauke, K.A, Lu, Y., Kowalski, K., Graule, T., Nachtegaal, M., Kröcher, O., Ferri, D., Flame-made WO3/CeOx-TiO2 catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NOx by NH3, ACS Catal., 5 (2015) 5657.
  • Villa, A., Ferri, D., Campisi, S., Chan-Thaw, C.E., Lu, Y., Kröcher, O., Prati, L., Operando attenuated total reflectance FTIR spectroscopy: Studies on the different selectivity observed in benzyl alcohol oxidation, ChemCatChem, 7 (2015) 2534.
  • Borgschulte, A., Callini, E., Stadie, N., Arroyo, Y., Rossell, M., Erni, R., Geerlings, J.J.C., Züttel, A., Ferri, D., Manipulating the reaction path of the CO2 hydrogenation reaction in molecular sieves, Catal. Sci. Technol., 5 (2015) 4613.
  • Sridhar, M., Ferri, D., Elsener, M., van Bokhoven, J.A., Kröcher, O., Promotion of ammonium formate and formic acid decomposition over Au/TiO2 by support basicity under SCR-relevant conditions, ACS Catal., 5 (2015) 4772.
  • Marberger, A., Elsener, M., Ferri, D., Sagar, A., Schermanz, K., Kröcher, O., Generation of NH3-SCR active catalysts from decomposition of supported FeVO4, ACS Catal., 5 (2015) 41810.
  • Michalow-Mauke, K., Lu, Y., Ferri, D., Graule, T., Kowalski, K., Elsener, M., Kröcher, O., WO3/CeO2/TiO2 catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NOx by NH3: Effect of the synthesis method, Chimia, 69 (2015) 220.
  • Chiarello, G.L., Ferri, D., Modulated excitation extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, PCCP, 17 (2015) 10579.
  • Zarfl, J., Ferri, D., Schildhauer, T.J., Wambach, J., Wokaun, A., DRIFTS study of a commercial Ni/gamma-Al2O3 CO methanation catalyst, Appl. Catal. A, 495 (2015) 104.


  • Newton, M.A., Di Michiel, M., Ferri, D., Fernandez-Garcia, M., Beale, A.M., Jacques, S.D.M., Chupas, P.J., Chapman, K.W., Catalytic adventures in space and time using high energy X-rays, Catal. Surv. Asia, 18 (2014) 134. See also the ESRF Highlights 2014 (pp. 117-118) and the Swiss Science Concentrates section of Chimia 68(1-2) (2014).
  • Mondragon Rodriguez, G.C, Gönüllü, Y., Ferri, D., Eyssler, A., Otal, E., Saruhan, B., Phase transitions of BaTi0.9Rh0.2O3±δ perovskite-type oxides under reducing environments, Mater. Res. Bull., 61 (2014) 130.
  • Chiarello, G.L., Nachtegaal, M., Quaroni, L., Marchionni, V., Ferri, D., Adding diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy capability to extended x-ray-absorption fine structure in a new cell to study solid catalysts in combination with a modulation approach, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 85 (2014) 074102.
  • Ferri, D., Newton, M.A., Di Michiel, M., Chiarello, G.L., Yoon, S., Lu, Y., Andrieux, J., Revealing the dynamic structure of complex solid catalysts using modulated excitation X-ray diffraction, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed., 53 (2014) 8890.
  • Keav, S., Matam, S.K., Ferri, D., Weidenkaff, A., Structured perovskite-based catalysts and their application as three-way catalytic converters—A review, Catalysts, 4 (2014) 226.
  • Lu, Y., Keav, S., Marchionni, V., Chiarello, G.L., Pappacena, A., Di Michiel, M., Newton, M.A., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Ageing induced improvement of methane oxidation activity of Pd/YFeO3, Catal. Sci. Technol., 4 (2014) 2687.
  • Ota, A., Kröhner, J., Weinberg, G., Kasatkin, I., Kunkes, E.L., Ferri, D., Girgsdies, F., Hamilton, N., Armbrüster, M., Schlögl, R., Behrens, M., Dynamic surface processes of nanostructured Pd2Ga catalysts derived from hydrotalcite-like precursors, ACS Catal., 4 (2014) 2048.
  • Marchionni, V., Newton, M.A., Kambolis, A., Matam, S.K., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., A modulated excitation ED-EXAFS/DRIFTS study of hydrothermal ageing of Rh/Al2O3, Catal. Today, 229 (2014) 80.
  • Lu, Y., Michalow, K., Santhosh Kumar, M., Winkler, A., Maegli, A.E., Yoon, S., Heel, A., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Methane abatement under stoichiometric conditions on perovskite-supported Palladium catalysts prepared by flame spray synthesis, Appl. Catal. B, 144(2014) 631.
  • Keav, S., Lu, Y., Matam, S.K., Maegli, A.E., Heel, A., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Cr-induced deactivation of a commercial honeycomb noble metal-based CO oxidation catalyst, Appl. Catal. A, 469 (2014) 259.


  • Szlachetko, J., Ferri, D., Marchionni, V., Kambolis, A., Safonova, O.V., Milne, C.J., Kröcher, O., Nachtegaal, M., Sá, J., Subsecond and in situ chemical speciation of Pt/Al2O3 during oxidation−reduction cycles monitored by high-energy resolution off-resonant X‑ray sspectroscopy, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135 (2013) 19071.
  • Lu, Y., Santhosh Kumar, M., Chiarello, G.L., Dimopoulos, P., Bach, C., Weilenmann, M., Spiteri, A., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Operando XANES study of simulated transient cycles on Pd-only three-way catalyst, Catal. Commun., 39 (2013) 55
  • Borgschulte, A., Gallandat, N., Probst, B., Suter, R., Callini, E., Ferri, D., Arroyo, Y., Erni, R., Geerlings, H., Züttel, A., Sorption enhanced CO2 methanation, PCCP, 15 (2013) 9620.
  • Ferri, D., Newton, M.A., Di Michiel, M., Yoon, S., Chiarello, G.L., Marchionni, V., Santhosh Kumar, M., Weideklaff, A., Wen, F., Gieshoff, J., Synchrotron hard X-ray methods coupled to phase sensitive analysis to characterize aging of solid catalysts with enhanced sensitivity, PCCP, 15 (2013) 8629.
  • Santhosh Kumar, M., Winkler, A., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Observations on the aging environment dependent NO oxidation activity of model Pd/Al2O3 diesel oxidation catalyst, Top. Catal., 56 (2013) 329.
  • Santhosh Kumar, M., Chiarello, G.L., Lu, Y., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Evidence of PdO/Pd at work during methane oxidation on a three-way catalyst by operando XANES, Top. Catal., 56 (2013) 239.
  • Michalow-Mauke, K., Otal, E.H., Burnat, D., Fortunato, G., Emerich, H., Ferri, D., Heel, A., Graule, T., Flame-made visible light active TiO2:Cr photocatalyst: Correlation of structural, optical and photocatalytic properties, Catal. Today, 209 (2013) 47.
  • Lu, Y., Eyssler, A., Otal, E.H., Santhosh Kumar, M., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Influence of synthesis method on the structure of Pd-substituted perovskite catalysts for methane oxidation, Catal. Today, 208 (2013) 42.
  • Santhosh Kumar, M., Newton, M.A., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Time resolved operando spectroscopic study of the origin of phosphorus induced chemical aging of model three-way catalysts Pd/Al2O3, Catal. Today, 205 (2013) 3.
  • Salehi, M., Clemens, F., Otal, E.H., Ferri, D., Graule, T., Grobety, B., Binder removal in the presence of a reactive ceramic material: Debinding mechanisms in the thermoplastic processing of a Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-d-polystyrene-stearic acid mixture, ChemSusChem, 6 (2013) 336.
  • Villa, A., Veith, G.M., Ferri, D., Perry, K., Campisi, S., Weidenkaff, A., Prati, L., NiO as a peculiar support for metal nanoparticles in polyols oxidations, Catal. Sci. Technol., 3 (2013) 394.
  • Santhosh Kumar, M., Kondratenko, E., Aguirre, M.H., Hug, P., Rentsch, D., Winkler, A., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., The impact of aging environment on the evolution of Al2O3 supported Pt nanoparticles and their NO oxidation activity, Appl. Catal. B, 129 (2013) 214.


  • Eyssler, A., Lu, Y., Santhosh Kumar, M., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Perovskite supported Palladium for methane oxidation – Structure-activity relationships, Chimia, 66 (2012) 675.
  • Ota, A., Kunkes, E., Kasatkin, I., Groppo, E., Ferri, D., Poceiro, B., Navarro Yerga, R.M., Behrens, M., Comparative study of hydrotalcite-derived supported Pd2Ga and PdZn intermetallic nanoparticles as methanol synthesis and methanol steam reforming catalysts, J. Catal., 293 (2012) 27.
  • Haghofer, A., Ferri, D., Föttinger, K., Rupprechter, G., Who is doing the job? Unraveling the role of Ga2O3 in methanol steam reforming on Pd2Ga/Ga2O3, ACS Catal., 2 (2012) 2305.
  • Eyssler, A., Winkler, A., Safonova, O., Nachtegaal, M., Santhosh Kumar, Matam, Hug, P., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., On the state of Pd in perovskite-type oxidation catalysts of composition A(B,Pd)O3±d (A= La, Y; B= Mn, Fe, Co), Chem. Mater., 24 (2012) 1864.
  • Kato, S., Borgschulte, A., Ferri, D., Bielmann, M., Crivello, J.-C., Wiedenmann, D., Parlinska-Wojtan, M., Rossbach, P., Lu, Y., Remhof, A., Züttel, A., CO2 hydrogenation on a metal hydride surface, PCCP, 14 (2012) 5518.
  • Santhosh Kumar, M., Otal, E.H., Aguirre, M.H., Winkler, A., Ulrich, A., Rentsch, D., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Thermal and chemical aging of model three-way catalyst Pd/Al2O3 and its impact on the conversion of CNG vehicle exhaust, Catal. Today, 184 (2012) 237.


  • Mondelli, C., Ferri, D., Grunwaldt, J.D., Ravasio, N., Baiker, A., Redox properties of supported copper catalysts studied in liquid and gas phase by in situ ATR-IR and XAS, Catalysis Today, 178 (2011) 124.
  • Villa, A., Chen-Thaw, C.E., Veith, G., More, K.L., Ferri, D., Prati L., Au on nanosized NiO: A cooperative effect between Au and nanosized NiO in the base-free alcohol oxidation, ChemCatChem, 3 (2011) 1612.
  • Chiarello, G.L., Ferri, D., Selli, E., Effect of the CH3OH/H2O ratio on the mechanism of the gas-phase photocatalytic reforming of methanol on noble metal-modified TiO2, Journal of Catalysis, 280 (2011) 168.
  • Eyssler, A., Winkler, A., Mandaliev, P., Hug, P., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Influence of thermally induced structural changes of 2 wt% Pd/LaFeO3 on methane combustion activity, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 106 (2011) 494.
  • Ferri, D., Newton, M.A., Nachtegaal, M., Modulation excitation X-ray absorption spectroscopy to probe surface species on heterogeneous catalysts, Topics in Catalysis, 54 (2011) 1070.
  • Santhosh Kumar, M., Korsak, O., Hug, P., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Lab scale fixed-bed reactor for operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy for structure activity studies of supported metal oxide catalysts, Topics in Catalysis, 54 (2011) 1213.
  • Eyssler, A., Kleymenov, E., Kupferschmid, A., Nachtegaal, M., Santhosh Kumar, M., Hug, P., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Improvement of catalytic activity of LaFe0.95Pd0.05O3 for methane oxidation under transient conditions, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115 (2011) 1231.
  • Kydd, R., Ferri, D., Hug, P., Scott, J., Teoh, W.Y., Amal, R., Temperature-induced evolution of reaction sites and mechanisms during preferential oxidation of CO, Journal of Catalysis, 277 (2011) 64.


  • Winkler, A., Ferri, D., Hauert, R., Influence of aging effects on the conversion efficiency of automotive exhaust gas catalysts, Catalysis Today 155 (2010) 140.
  • Logvinovich, D., Ebbinghaus, S.G., Reller, A., Marozau, I., Ferri, D., Weidenkaff, A., Synthesis, crystal structure and optical properties of LaNbON2, Zeitschrift Anorganische. Allgemeine Chemie 636 (2010) 905.
  • Santhosh Kumar, M., Aguirre, M., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Revisiting the problem of active sites for methane combustion on Pd/Al2O3 by operando XANES in a lab-scale fixed bed reactor, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 114 (2010) 9439.
  • Ferri, D., Santhosh Kumar, M., Wirz, R., Eyssler, A., Korsak, O., Hug, P., Weidenkaff, A., Newton, M.A., First steps in combining modulation excitation spectroscopy with synchronous dispersive EXAFS/DRIFTS/mass spectrometry for in situ time resolved study of heterogeneous catalysts, PCCP 12 (2010) 5634.
  • Mondelli, C., Grunwaldt, J.D., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Role of Bi promotion and solvent in Platinum-catalyzed alcohol oxidation probed by in situ X-ray absorption and ATR-IR spectroscopy, PCCP 12 (2010) 5307.
  • Eyssler, A., Mandaliev, P., Winkler, A., Hug, P., Safonova, O., Figi, R., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., The effect of the state of Pd on methane combustion in Pd-doped LaFeO3, J. Phys. Chem. C 114 (2010) 4584.
  • Wei, X., Hug, P., Figi, R., Trottmann, M., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Catalytic application of nano-structured perovskite-type oxides fabricated by ultrasonic spray combustion, Appl. Catal. B: Environmental, 94 (2010) 27.
  • Santhosh Kumar, M., Eyssler, A., Hug, P., van Vegten, N., Baiker, A., Weidenkaff, A., Ferri, D., Physico-chemical characterization of model three way catalysts for the combustion of methane: A study on the structure activity relationships, Appl. Catal. B: Environmental, 94 (2010) 77.
  • Winkler, A., Ferri, D., Dimopoulos Eggenschwiler, P., Aguirre, M.H., Analyseverfahren zur Alterung von Dieseloxidationskatalysatoren, MTZ-Motortechnische Zeitschrift, Ausgabe Juni (2010) 428.


  • Winkler, A., Ferri, D., Aguirre, M., The influence of chemical and thermal aging on the catalytic activity of a monolithic diesel oxidation catalyst, Appl. Catal. B: Environmental, 93 (2009) 177.
  • Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Advances in infrared spectroscopy of catalytic solid liquid interfaces: The case of selective alcohol oxidation, Top. Catal. 52 (2009) 1323.
  • Hany, R., Brinkmann, M., Ferri, D., Hartmann, R., Pletscher, E., Rentsch, D., Zinn, M., Crystallization of an Aromatic Biopolyester, Macromolecules 42 (2009) 6322.
  • Kydd, R., Teoh, W.Y., Scott, J., Ferri, D., Amal, R., Probing surface properties and reaction intermediate during heterogeneous catalytic oxidation of acetaldehyde, ChemCatChem 1 (2009) 286.
  • Panella, B., Vargas, A., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Chemical availability and reactivity of functional groups grafted to magnetic nanoparticles monitored in-situ by ATR-IR spectroscopy, Chem. Mater. 21 (2009) 4316.


  • Mondelli, C., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Ruthenium at work in Ru-hydroxyapatite during the aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol: An in situ ATR-IR spectroscopy study, J. Catal. 258 (2008) 170.
  • Wirz, R., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Enantioselective interactions at the solid-liquid interface of an HPLC column under working conditions, Anal. Chem. 80 (2008) 3572.
  • Schmidt, E., Ferri, D., Vargas, A., Baiker, A., Chiral modification of Rh and Pt surfaces: Effect of rotational flexibility of cinchona-type modifiers on their adsorption behavior, J. Phys. Chem. C 112 (2008) 3866.
  • Akurati, K.K., Vital, A., Dellemann, J.-P., Michalow, K., Graule, T., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Flame-made WO3/TiO2 nanoparticles: Relation between surface acidity, structure and photocatalytic activity, Appl. Catal. B 79 (2008) 53.


  • Chiarello, G.L., Ferri, D., Grunwaldt, J.-D., Forni, L., Baiker, A., Flame-synthesized LaCoO3-supported Pd. 2. Catalytic behavior in the reduction of NO by H2 under lean conditions, J. Catal. 252 (2007) 137.
  • Chiarello, G.L., Grunwaldt, J.-D., Ferri, D., Krumeich, F., Oliva, C., Forni, L., Baiker, A., Flame-synthesized LaCoO3-supported Pd. 1. Structure, thermal stability and reducibility, J. Catal. 252 (2007) 127.
  • Bonalumi, N., Vargas, A., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Chirally modified platinum generated by adsorption of cinchonidine ether derivatives: Towards uncovering the chiral sites, Chem. Eur. J. 13 (2007) 9236.
  • Mondelli, C., Ferri, D., Grunwaldt, J.-D., Krumeich, F., Mangold, S., Psaro, R., Baiker, A., Combined liquid-phase ATR-IR and XAS study of the Bi-promotion in the aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol over Pd/Al2O3, J. Catal. 252 (2007) 77
  • Opre, Z., Ferri, D., Krumeich, F., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Insight into the nature of active redox sites in Ru-containing hydroxyapatite by DRIFT spectroscopy, J. Catal. 251 (2007) 48.
  • Hoxha, F., Königsmann, L., Vargas, A., Ferri, D., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Role of guiding groups in cinchona-modified platinum for controlling the sense of enantiodifferentiation in the hydrogenation of ketones, 2007 J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129 (2007) 10582.
  • van Vegten, N., Ferri, D., Maciejewski, M., Krumeich, F., Baiker, A., Structural properties of flame-made Rh/Al2O3 and catalytic behavior in chemoselective hydrogenation, J. Catal. 249 (2007) 269.
  • Schmidt, E., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Surface processes occurring on Rh/Alumina during chiral modification by cinchonidine: An ATR-IR spectroscopy study, Langmuir 23 (2007) 8087.
  • Bonalumi, N., Vargas, A., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Catalytic chiral metal surfaces generated by adsorption of O-phenyl derivatives of cinchonidine, J. Phys. Chem. C 111 (2007) 9349.
  • Vargas, A., Ferri, D., Bonalumi, N., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Controlling the sense of enantioselection on surfaces by conformational changes of adsorbed modifiers, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. 46 (2007) 3905.
  • Ferri, D., Mondelli, C., Krumeich, F., Baiker, A., Structure sensitivity of palladium-catalyzed liquid-phase alcohol oxidation. A combined in situ ATR-IR and selective site blocking study, Chimia 61 (2007) 175.
  • Meier, D.M., Ferri, D., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Molecular insight into the dynamics of chiral modification of Pt/alumina, J. Catal. 248 (2007) 68.
  • Wirz, R., Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., Probing chiral recognition in liquid chromatography by absolute configuration modulation ATR-IR spectroscopy, Spectroscopy Europe 19 (2007) 8.
  • Behzadi, B., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Ernst, K.-H., Adsorption mode of the chiral modifier cinchonidine on Au(111), Appl. Surf. Sci. 253 (2007) 3480.
  • Ferri, D., Behzadi, B., Kappenberger, P., Hauert, R., Ernst, K.-H., Baiker, A., Probing the interface in vapor-deposited bimetallic Pd-Au and Pt-Au films by CO adsorption from the liquid phase, Langmuir 23 (2007) 1203.


  • Meier, D.M., Mallat, T., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Competition of chiral modifiers on platinum: A transient catalytic and in situ ATR-IR study in continuous reactors, J. Catal., 244 (2006) 260.
  • Ferri, D., Mondelli, C., Krumeich, F., Baiker, A., Discrimination of active palladium sites in catalytic liquid-phase oxidation of benzyl alcohol, J. Phys. Chem. B, 110 (2006) 22982.
  • Behzadi, B., Vargas, A., Ferri, D., Ernst, K.-H., Baiker, A., Cinchonidine adsorption on gold and gold-containing bimetallic platinum metal surfaces:An attenuated total reflection infrared and density functional theory study, J. Phys. Chem. B, 110 (2006) 17082.
  • Opre, Z., Ferri, D., Krumeich, F., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Aerobic oxidation of alcohols by organically modified ruthenium hydroxyapatite, J. Catal., 241 (2006) 287.
  • Bonalumi, N., Vargas, A., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Theoretical and spectroscopic study of the effect of ring substitution on the adsorption of anisole on platinum, J. Phys. Chem. B, 110 (2006) 9956.
  • Wirz, R., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., ATR-IR spectroscopy of pendant NH2 groups on silica involved in the knoevenagel condensation, Langmuir, 22 (2006) 3698.
  • Diezi, S., Ferri, D., Vargas, A., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., The origin of chemo- and enantioselectivity in the hydrogenation of diketones on platinum, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 (2006) 4048.
  • Vargas, A., Bonalumi, N., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Solvent-induced conformational changes of O-phenyl-cinchonidine: A theoretical and VCD spectroscopy study, J. Phys. Chem. A, 110 (2006) 1118.
  • Maris, M., Ferri, D., Königsmann, L., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Why are α-hydroxycarboxylic acids poor chiral modifiers for Pt in the hydrogenation of ketones?, J. Catal., 237 (2006) 230.
  • Burgener, M., Tyszewski, T., Ferri, D., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Palladium-catalyzed oxidation of geraniol in dense carbon dioxide, Appl. Catal. A, 299 (2006) 66.
  • Ferri, D., Diezi, S., MacIejewski, M., Baiker, A., Alumina-catalysed degradation of ethyl pyruvate during enantioselective hydrogenation over Pt/alumina and its inhibition by acetic acid, Appl. Catal. A, 297 (2006) 165.


  • Vargas, A., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., DFT and ATR-IR insight into the conformational flexibility of cinchonidine adsorbed on platinum: Proton exchange with metal, J. Catal., 236 (2005) 1.
  • Burgener, M., Ferri, D., Grunwaldt, J.-D., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Supercritical carbon dioxide: An inert solvent for catalytic hydrogenation?, J. Phys. Chem. B, 109 (2005) 16794.
  • Keresszegi, C., Ferri, D., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., On the role of CO formation during the aerobic oxidation of alcohols on Pd/Al2O3: An in situ attenuated total reflection infrared study, J. Catal., 234 (2005) 64.
  • Bonalumi, N., Vargas, A., Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Competition at chiral metal surfaces: Fundamental aspects of the inversion of enantioselectivity in hydrogenations on platinum, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127 (2005) 8467.
  • Opre, Z., Grunwaldt, J.-D., MacIejewski, M., Ferri, D., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Promoted Ru-hydroxyapatite: Designed structure for the fast and highly selective oxidation of alcohols with oxygen, J. Catal., 230 (2005) 406.
  • Keresszegi, C., Ferri, D., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Unraveling the surface reactions during liquid-phase oxidation of benzyl alcohol on Pd/Al2O3: An in situ ATR-IR study, J. Phys. Chem. B, 109 (2005) 958.


  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., The fate of ethyl pyruvate during adsorption on platinum chirally modified by cinchonidine studied by ATR-IR spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. B, 108 (2004) 14384.
  • Käuper, P., Ferri, D., From production to product: Part 2, FT-IR spectroscopy as a tool for quality control in the preparation of alkaline solutions of bagasse lignin, Ind. Crops Products, 20 (2004) 159.


  • Ferri, D., Frauchiger, S., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., Interactions of a vinyl ether with acid-modified silica-based catalyst studied by ATR-IR spectroscopy, J. Catal., 219 (2003) 425.
  • Murphy, E.F., Ferri, D., Baiker, A., Van Doorslaer, S., Schweiger, A., Novel routes to Cu(salicylaldimine) covalently bound to silica: Combined pulse EPR and in situ attenuated total reflection-IR studies of the immobilization, Inor. Chem., 42 (2003) 2559.


  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., In situ ATR-IR study of the adsorption of cinchonidine on Pd/Al2O3: Differences and similarities with adsorption on Pt/Al2O3, J. Catal., 210 (2002) 160.
  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., Probing catalytic solid-liquid interfaces by attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy: Adsorption of carboxylic acids on alumina and titania, Helv. Chim. Acta, 85 (2002) 3639.
  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., FTIR study of chiral modifier-reactant interactions. The cinchonidine-alkenoic acid system, J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, (2002) 437.
  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., Probing boundary sites on a Pt/Al2O3 model catalyst by CO2 hydrogenation and in situ ATR-IR spectroscopy of catalytic solid-liquid interfaces, PCCP, 4 (2002) 2667.


  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., An in situ attenuated total reflection infrared study of a chiral catalytic solid-liquid interface: Cinchonidine adsorption on Pt, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 123 (2001) 12074.
  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., Chiral modification of platinum catalysts by cinchonidine adsorption studied by in situ ATR-IR spectroscopy, Chem. Commun., (2001) 1172.
  • Ferri, D., Biirgi, T., Baiker, A., Pt and Pt/Al2O3 thin films for investigation of catalytic solid-liquid interfaces by ATR-IR spectroscopy: CO adsorption, H2-induced reconstruction and surface-enhanced absorption, J. Phys. Chem. B, 105 (2001) 3187.


  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Borszeky, K., Mallat, T., Baiker, A., Enhanced enantioselectivity in ethyl pyruvate hydrogenation due to competing enantioselective aldol reaction catalyzed by cinchonidine, J. Catal., 193 (2000) 139.
  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., Conformational isomerism of α-ketoesters. A FTIR and ab initio study, J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2 (2000) 221.


  • Ferri, D., Bürgi, T., Baiker, A., Molecular interaction between cinchonidine and acetic acid studied by NMR, FTIR and ab initio methods, J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, (1999) 1305.


  • Ferri, D., Forni, L., Dekkers, M.A.P., Nieuwenhuys, B.E., NO reduction by H2 over perovskite-like mixed oxides, Appl. Catal. B, 16 (1998) 339.
  • Ferri, D., Forni, L., Methane combustion on some perovskite-like mixed oxides, Appl. Catal. B, 16 (1998) 119.