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Ulrich Neuenschwander
Postdoctoral Associate



Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building 66-525
Cambridge, MA  02139-4307

Phone: (617) 253-6450
Fax: (617) 258-8992


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering (2011)
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

MSc, Chemistry (2008)
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

BSc, Chemistry (2007)
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Research Area:

I study the kinetics and mechanisms of oxidation reactions, by using a combination  of experimental and theoretical work. My current project aims at taking benefit of the advantages of flow chemistry, for a better understanding of oxidations.

Selected Publications:

U. Neuenschwander, B. Czarniecki, I. Hermans, "The Origin of Regioselectivity in Humulene Functionalization", Journal of Organic Chemistry 2012, 77, 2865-2869.

U. Neuenschwander, E. Meier, I. Hermans, "Catalytic Epoxidations with Peroxides: Molybdenum Trioxide Species as the Origin of Allylic By-Products", Chemistry, a European Journal 2012, 18, 6776-6780.

C. Aellig, U. Neuenschwander, I. Hermans, "Acid-Catalyzed Decomposition of the Benzyl-Nitrite Intermediate during the HNO3-Mediated Aerobic Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol", ChemCatChem 2012, 4, 525-529.

U. Neuenschwander, J. Neuenschwander, I. Hermans, "Cavitation-Induced Radical-Chain Oxidation of Valeric Aldehyde", Ultrasonics Sonochemistry 2012, 19, 1011-1014.

U. Neuenschwander, I. Hermans, "Thermal and Catalytic Formation of Radicals during Autoxidation", Journal of Catalysis 2012, 287, 1-4.

U. Neuenschwander, I. Hermans, "The Conformations of Cyclooctene: Consequences for Epoxidation Chemistry", Journal of Organic Chemistry 201176, 10236-10240.

U. Neuenschwander, E. Meier, I. Hermans, "Peculiarities of beta-Pinene Autoxidation", ChemSusChem 20114, 1613-1621.

U. Neuenschwander, I. Hermans, "Oxyfunctionalization of Terpenes by Aerobic Oxidation", Abs. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011241, 4-PETR.

U. Neuenschwander, I. Hermans, "Autoxidation of alpha-Pinene at High Oxygen Pressure", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 201012, 10542-10549.

N. Turrà, U. Neuenschwander, A. Baiker, J. Peeters, I. Hermans, "Mechanism of the Catalytic Deperoxidation of tert-butylhydroperoxide with Cobalt(II)acetylacetonate" Chemistry, a European Journal 201016, 13226-13235.

U. Neuenschwander, N. Turrà, C. Aellig, P. Mania, I. Hermans, "Understanding Selective Oxidations", Chimia 201064, 225-230.

U. Neuenschwander, F. Guignard, I. Hermans, "Mechanism of the Aerobic Oxidation of alpha-Pinene", ChemSusChem 20103, 75-84 + front cover.

I. Hermans, E. S. Spier, U. Neuenschwander, N. Turrà, A. Baiker, "Selective Oxidation Catalysis: Opportunities and Challenges", Topics in Catalysis 2009, 52, 1162-1174.



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