Dmitry Katayev was born in Kaluga, Russia in 1986. He studied at D. I. Mendeleev University of Technology (Higher Chemical College of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow)) earning a MSc in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the end of 2008. His Master thesis was a result of fruitful collaboration between Prof. Yu. N. Belokon’ (Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds (INEOS), Moscow) and Prof. M. Makosza (Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC), Poland Academy of Science, Warsaw). He received his doctorate degree in the group of Prof. E. P. Kündig at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in the end of 2012. Awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) fellowship, he joined the research group of Prof. L. J. Gooßen at TU Kaiserslautern (Germany) as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2015, he joined the group of Prof. A. Togni at ETH Zürich (Switzerland) under SNSF return fellowship. He was there awarded the SNSF Ambizione grant as well as the Holcim Stiftung, and starting 2017 he was a principal investigator at ETH Zürich.

As a recipient of the SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Grant, he joined the Department of Chemistry of the University of Fribourg as an Assistant Professor in early 2021. Since October 1st, 2022, he joined as an Assistant Professor with a Tenure Track in Organic Chemistry at the University of Bern.



2021 – JSP Fellowship (JSP – Bürgenstock)

2021 – Thieme Chemistry Journal Award

2020 – Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship

2020 – Holcim Stiftung Foundation

2019 – Spark Award top 20 (ETH Zürich)

2019 – Leopold Ružička-Preis

2017 – SNSF Ambizione Grant

2014 – SNSF Return Grant to Switzerland

2013 – Advanced Postdoc Mobility Fellowship 

2012 – SNSF Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship

2011 – SCNAT/SCS Chemistry Travel Award

2010 – Societe Academique de Geneve Travel Award