News from the Delley group

June 1, 2024


We warmly welcome Anne Stoppel to the group! Anne is a new PhD student in the group and will study modified surfaces of transition metal phosphides for catalysis.

TOC Nina
February 28, 2024


Nina's paper has been highlighted in CHIMIA (see link). Congratulations!




February 28, 2024


Check out our new article in CHIMIA that introduces our group here



February 15, 2024


Welcome to Anies Rösch! Anies is a new PhD student in the group working on the controlled modification of inorganic materials for catalysis.

January 15, 2024


Welcome to Martina Pogany! Martina is starting an exciting PhD project in the group elucidating electrified interfaces of electrode materials.

Nina wins Poster prize
December 1, 2023


Congratulations to Nina for winning a runner's up poster prize at the PCC Christmas Symposium!




October 24, 2023


Just published! We are delighted to share the first publication from our lab, now published in JACS. We show how number and type of sulfur on a cobalt phosphide surface tunes hydrogenation catalysis, in J. Am. Chem. Soc.2023,DOI: 10.1021/jacs.3c07312. Congratulations to Nina and Vanessa! 



jasmine scs prize
August 25, 2023


Congratulations to Tzu-Chin (Jasmine) Chang Chien, who won the runner's up prize for the best talk at the SCS fall meeting 2023! Very well done and well deserved, Jasmine!


July 10, 2023


We are moving to the Rosental site of the University of Basel! Our new address is University of Basel, Department of Chemistry, Mattenstrasse 22, Postfach, 4002 Basel. 



June 28, 2023


Check out our conference report of the farewell symposium to Professors Catherine Housecroft and Ed Constable here



May 1, 2023


Welcome to our new postdoc Manjistha Mukherjee! Manjistha is joining us after her PhD with Abhishek Dey and her postdoc with Tom Ward. She will be exploring electric-field assisted catalysis by immobilized molecular complexes and contribute to the joint efforts of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering.

May 1, 2023


Welcome to Chunlin Yuan! He is starting an exciting PhD project on a joint position with the Operando Spectroscopy Group by Maarten Nachtegaal at PSI in association with the Swiss Nanoscience Institute.

April 1, 2023


Welcome to our new PhD candidate Yu-Chun Shen! She will be exploring new catalysis by inorganic materials and their tuning.

March 2, 2023


Congratulations to Jasmine who got selected as a board member of the PhD Chemistry Community (PCC). Jasmine will be in charge of industry relations and integrity work. As part of her integrity duties she will think about mental health, bullying, and discrimination issues and be a link between the university and the PhD students and postdocs. We thank Jasmine for being part of the lead of the PCC student association and for taking up these very important responsibilities!



March 1, 2023


We welcome Gregor Wasser! He is starting an exciting PhD project on heteroatom effects in heterogeneous catalysis.

February 8, 2023


The Swiss National Science Foundation honors Murielle with a nomination to be a fellow of "AcademiaNet ­­– The Portal to Excellent Women Academics". Link

February 6, 2023


A warm welcome to Eibhlin Meade! She is starting her Master thesis in the group.

November 30, 2022


Murielle has been appointed as tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Basel (check out the Uni News). Send Murielle your application documents if you are interested in joining our growing team.

November 10, 2022


Murielle has received an SNSF Starting Grant (link). We thank SNSF for the support and are looking forward to pursuing exciting new research directions designing solid/solution interfaces for electrocatalysis.

November 14, 2022


Welcome to Nicolas Brunner! He is starting a Master project in the group on surface electric fields.

October 3, 2022


Welcome to Matthias Büttler! He is starting an exciting Master project in the group on the surface chemistry of transition metal phosphides.


June 24, 2022


Awesome group effort at the PCC Summerparty 2022! Periodic cupcakes! Next year with cupcake sizes by natural abundance?



June 20, 2022


Welcome to Tegele Si! She will be doing a Master research project in the group.

TOC cation/SAM
May 5, 2022


Just published! Check out how electrolyte cations affect acidity and electric fields at the surface of functionalized gold.

Delley, M. F.*; Nichols, E. M.; Mayer, J. M. Electrolyte Cation Effects on Interfacial Acidity and Electric Fields. J. Phys. Chem. C 2022, 126, 8477 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.2c01134.

May 1, 2022


Welcome to Dr. Yunfei Jiao! He just joined the group as a Postdoc.

March 25, 2022


Welcome to Daela Milinkovic! She just joined the group as a Master student.


October 11, 2021


Ronny Hardegger just joined the group as a Master student. Welcome!


NCCR Women
October 6, 2021

The Swiss National Science Foundation Centers of Competence in Research (SNSF NCCR) have launched a campaign to support and celebrate equality and diversity in science. #NCCRWomen introduces women in science and their research. See e.g. our contribution with the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering here

October 1, 2021


Welcome to Tzu-Chin (Jasmine) Chang Chien, a new PhD student in the group!



SCS fall meeting 2021
September 10, 2021


Congratulations to Vanessa for winning an award for her poster at the SCS fall meeting 2021! Great job, Vanessa, and very well deserved!




August 30, 2021


Aysha returns to the group for her Master thesis project. Welcome back!


August 27, 2021


Our recent JACS work (JACS, 2021,143, 10778) has been highlighted in Nature Chemistry by Eric Piechota: See "Deconvoluting double layers" here




August 16, 2021


Géraldine joins the group for a Master research project. Welcome!



July 13, 2021


Check out Murielle's new publication examining how applied potentials and electrolyte solution conditions affect the effective acidity at electrified interfaces.

Delley, M. F.†,*; Nichols, E. M.†,*; Mayer, J. M.* Interfacial Acid/Base Equilibria and Electric Fields Concurrently Probed by In-Situ Surface-Enhanced Infrared Spectroscopy. JACS 2021, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c05419.

Vanessa, Nina
July 1, 2021


Antonia just joined the group for a Master research project. Welcome!




April 6, 2021


Aysha joins the group for a Master research project. Welcome!





February 1, 2021


Miguel joins the group. Welcome!




November 15, 2020


Vanessa Wyss and Nina Arnosti join the group. Welcome to the pioneering PhD students of the group, Vanessa and Nina!