Dr. Miren Agote Arán

UMTEC Institut für Umwelt- und Verfahrenstechnik

+41 58 257 16 69miren.agote@ost.ch

Beruflicher Abschluss

  • 2019 - Ph.D. Chemistry, Heterogenous catalysis research, University College London (UK)
  • 2013 - M.Sc. Chemistry, Synthesis and catalysis, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
  • 2012 - B.Sc. Chemistry, Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)

Fachliche Schwerpunkte

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Advanced Characterization
  • Emission Control
  • Power-to-X and CCU


  • May 2023-Present - Scientist at the Institute of Environmental and Process Engineering (UMTEC).
  • Dec 2018-Nov 2022 - Postdocoral Fellow at the Paul Scherrer Institut (CH).
  • 2013-2014 - Research Scientist at Johnson Matthey Technology Center (UK).


  • Roger, M., Artiglia, L., Boucly, A., Buttignol, F., Agote-Arán, M.,van Bokhoven, J., Kröcher, O., Ferri, D. (2023) Improving time-resolution and sensitivity of in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of a powder catalyst by modulated excitation, in: Chemical Science, Jg. 14, S. 7482-7491. DOI: 10.1039/D3SC01274C
  • Wang, M., Eggenschwiler P. D., Franken, T., Agote-Arán, M., Ferri, D., Kröcher, O., (2022) Structure-activity Relationships in Highly Active Platinum-Tin MFI-type Catalysts for Propane Dehydrogenation, in: Catalysts, Jg. 12, S. 373. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.202101828
  • Chiarello, G.L., Lu, Y., Agote-Arán, M., Pellegrini, R., Ferri, D. (2021) Changes of Pd Oxidation State in Pd/Al2O3 Catalysts Using Modulated Excitation DRIFTS, in: Catalysts, Jg. 11, S. 16. DOI:10.3390/catal11010116
  • Agote-Arán, M.,* Elsener, M., Schütze F.W., Schilling C.M., Sridhar, M., Katsaounis, E., Kröcher, O., Ferri, D., (2021) On the relevance of P poisoning in real-world DOC aging, in: Applied Catalysis B, Jg. 291, S. 120062. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2021.120062
  • Agote-Arán, M.,* Elsener, M., Schütze F.W., Schilling C.M., Sridhar, M., Katsaounis, E., Kröcher, O., Ferri, D. (2021) Understanding the impact of poison distribution on the performance of Diesel oxidation catalysts, in: Applied Catalysis B, Jg. 229, S. 120684. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2021.120684
  • Greenaway, A.G., Margerber, A., Thetford, A., Lezcano-González, I. Agote-Arán, M., Nachtegaal, M., Ferri, D., Kröcher, O., Catlow, C.R.A., Beale, A.M. (2020) Detection of key transient Cu intermediates in SSZ-13 during NH3-SCR deNOx by modulation excitation IR spectroscopy, in: Chemical Science, Jg. 11, S. 447-455. DOI: 10.1039/C9SC04905C
  • Agote-Arán, M., Fletcher R. E., Briceno M., Sazanovich I. V., Slater B., Rivas M. E. Smith A.W.J., Collier P. Lezcano-González, I., Kroner, A.B., Beale, A.M. (2020) Implications of the Molybdenum Coordination Environment in MFI Zeolites on Methane Dehydroaromatisation Performance, in: ChemCatChem, Jg. 12, S. 294-304. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201901166
  • Lezcano-Gonzalez, I., Campbell, E., Hoffman, A. E. J., Bocus, E., Sazanovich, I. V., Towrie, M., Agote-Arán, M., Gibson, E. K., Greenaway, A., De Wispelaere, K., Van Speybroeck, Beale, A. M. (2020) Insight into the effects of confined hydrocarbon species on the lifetime of methanol conversion catalysts, in: Nature Materials, Jg. 19, S. 1081-1087. doi:10.1038/s41563-020-0800-y 
  • Vamvakeros, A. Matras, D., Jacques, J., Michael, M., Price, S., Seneca, P., Agote-Arán, M., Middelkoop, V., Stenning, Mosselmans, F., Ismagilov, I., Beale, A., (2020) Real-time multi-length scale chemical tomography of fixed bed reactors during the oxidative coupling of methane reaction, in: Journal of Catalysis, Jg. 386, S. 39-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2020.03.027
  • Agote-Arán, M., Lezcano-González, I., Kroner, A.B., Sławiński, W.A. Wragg, D., Beale A.M. (2020) Understanding the Deactivation Phenomena of Small-Pore Mo/H-SSZ-13 during Methane Dehydroaromatisation, in: Molecules, Jg. 25, S. 5048. DOI:10.3390/molecules25215048
  • Jabłonska, M., Agote-Arán, M., Beale, A.M., Kinga Gora M., Delahay, G., Petitto, C., Pacultova, K., Palkovits, R. (2019) Catalytic Decomposition of N2O over Cu–Al–Ox Mixed Metal Oxides, in: RSC Advances, Jg. 9, S. 379-386. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8RA10509J
  • Agote-Arán, M., Lezcano-González, I., Kroner, A.B., Islam, H., Sławiński, W.A. Wragg, D., Beale A.M. (2019) Determination of Molybdenum Species Evolution during Non-Oxidative Dehydroaromatisation of Methane and its Implications for Catalytic Performance, in: ChemCatChem, Jg. 11, S. 473-480. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201801299
  • Agote-Arán, M., Lezcano-González, I., Greenaway, A.G., Shusaku H., Díaz-Moreno, S., Kroner, A.B., Beale, A.M., (2019) Operando HERFD-XANES/XES Studies Reveal Differences in the Activity of Fe-species in MFI and CHA Structures for the Standard Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO with NH3, in: Applied Catalysis A, S. 283-291. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcata.2018.11.026
  • Jabłońska, M., Agote-Arán, M., Andrew A.M., Palkovits, R. (2019) Understanding the origins of N2O decomposition activity in Mn or Fe-doped Co-Al-Ox mixed metal oxides, in: Applied Catalysis B, Jg. 243, S. 66-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.10.010
  • Greenaway, A.G., Lezcano-González, I. Agote-Arán, M., Gibson, E.K., Odarchenko, Y., Beale, A.M. (2018) Operando Spectroscopic Studies of Cu–SSZ-13 for NH3–SCR deNOx Investigates the Role of NH3 in Observed Cu(II) Reduction at High NO Conversions, in: Topics in Catalysis, Jg. 61, S. 175-182. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11244-018-0888-3


  • Allen, L., Agote-Arán, M., Beale, A.M., Cong, P., Mediavilla-Madrigal, S., Price, S.W.T. (2022) EXAFS Studies of Inorganic Catalytic Materials, Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry III, in: Elsevier (Hrsg.)