​​Research Overview

My laboratory focuses on the design, synthesis and application of new molecules for solving important problems in chemistry, biology, medicine and environmental sciences. Combining coordination chemistry and organic synthesis with supramolecular chemistry, microbiology and surface sciences, we strive for offering new concepts and tools for imaging analytes in exigent biological media and for fighting bacterial infections and human cancer.

November 2018
Smartphone detection of cyanide is now possible as reported by the Karlen group (ETHZ) and us in the Analyst. Thanks to this successfull colloboration.

October 2018
Finally, our group reported on the synthesis of a Ni(II)-containing B12 derivative in Angew. Chem. Thanks to Rene, Lucas and Chris.

July 2018
Congratulations to Marjorie for her paper in Dalton Transactions in the special edition `New Talent: Europe, 2018`

April 2018
Our new short review on peptide B12 is published
in JPP.

February 2018
Welcome to our new bachelor students, Nina and Miro.

December 2017
Congratulations to Leila
for the paper in Bioelectrochemistry together with Reinhard Kissner from ETH.

November 2017
My recommendations on the management of Cyanide are online: https://www.wateronline.com/doc/a-practical-framework-to-improve-the-management-of-cyanide-in-industrial-wastewaters-0001

August 2017
Congrats, Lucas for your
succesfull PhD presentation and defence.

July 2017
Welcome to our new bachelor student, Sergey.

Christopher has been awarded with a fellowship of the Forschungskredit-Congrats!

Congratulations to Lucas and Rene for the paper in ChemComm together with the Zobi and Chlopicki groups.

Felix has been elected as the new head of the Graduate School of Chemical and Molecular Sciences Zurich

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PD Dr. Felix H. Zelder

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University of Zürich
Institute of Chemistry
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zürich

[email protected]
+41 44 635 46 24

Office:  34 G 44
Lab:  34 G 92

Our biomimetic chemistry program centers on modeling protein-cofactor catalyzed reactions for obtaining a better understanding of fundamental biological processes and for creating new catalytic and sensory devices.