Nadine is an atmospheric organic chemist interested in chemical mechanisms in the gas phase and in the aerosol phase. She is a SNSF Ambizione Fellow at ETH hosted in the McNeill Group in environmental chemistry in the Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics (IBP) and in the Lohmann Group in atmospheric physics in the Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science (IAC). Ongoing NBD group interests include reactive oxygen species produced during photochemical exposure of aerosols and organic matter acting as atmospheric ice nuclei. Nadine currently co-teaches a Master's course entitled, "Case Studies in Environment and Health" in IBP. She is also an aspiring science communicator and an avid alpine skier.

2015 - PhD in atmospheric chemistry

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada


2011 - Master's degree in organic chemistry

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada


2008 - Bachelor's degree in chemistry

Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada


To start in January 2021 at the University of British Columbia


Silvan received his Bachelor's degree in Geosciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in early 2018. After an internship at the Office of the Environment and Energy of the canton of Lucerne (uwe), he came to ETH to pursue a master's degree in Environmental Sciences with a major in Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics. Supervised by Nadine, he is currently working on his master's thesis, focused on ambient organic aerosols and their abilities to activate cloud droplets and to nucleate ice crystals in the atmosphere. Having grown up near the alps, in the canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland, he has a passion for hiking and mountain biking, and he likes to play the piano.

2018 - Bachelor's degree in Geosciences

University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Anna Miller   🇺🇸

Anna grew up in Chicago and moved to Portland, Oregon for her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Environmental Studies at Reed College. Here at ETH, she is pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Science with a major in Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, with a strong interest in Atmospheric Science. In the McNeill Group working with Nadine, Anna is currently working on helping to optimize the new DRINC-384, in addition to continuing research on characterizing ice nucleating dissolved organic matter. Outside of research and academics, Anna loves going on long walks, swimming, watching movies, and cooking.

2018 - Bachelor's degree in chemistry

           Reed College, Oregon, USA

Sebastian Zala  🇨🇭

Sebastian grew up in Zurich, Switzerland and finished his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich in summer 2018. There, he completed his Bachelor’s thesis on the surface microlayer in the Stocker group. For his master studies, he moved to the Environmental Sciences department and is pursuing a major in atmosphere and climate sciences. Right now, he is working on his Master’s thesis in the NBD group with interest in indoor organic aerosols and their ability to sensitize singlet oxygen. In his free time, Sebastian likes to play soccer and repair bikes, as he is active in VELOVE, the bike association of the students of Zurich.


2018 - Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering

          ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


Sophie Bogler   🇩🇪

Sophie moved from Stuttgart in southern Germany to Zurich to study Interdisciplinary Sciences in her Bachelor’s degree at ETH focusing on environmental and analytical chemistry. 

Back from a break after finishing her bachelor thesis at eawag, she is now working again on her semester project on the ice nucleation abilities of lignin in the NBD group. To pursue her interest in atmospheric science, Sophie wants to continue studying Environmental Science in her Master’s degree at ETH with a major in atmosphere and climate. 

After a day in the lab, Sophie likes to relax playing the piano or spending time outside in nature. 

2019 - Bachelor's degree in chemistry and interdisciplinary science

ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


Jon Went 🇨🇭

Jon grew up in Winterthur, Switzerland and is pursuing his BSc degree in environmental sciences with a focus on biogeochemistry at ETH. Currently, he is working on his BSc thesis project on the ice nucleating abilities of different algae exudates in collaboration with the Stocker Group. Next to uni, Jon is active in the core team of the Sustainability Week Switzerland and likes to relax through his yoga practice.




Lisa Leist 🇩🇪, PhD student (for 1 year), 2019

Killian Brennan 🇨🇭, Master student assistant, 2019

Max Aragon Cerecedes 🇲🇽, Bachelor summer student, 2019

Dr. Caroline Davis 🇨🇦, web design assistant, 2019

Killian Brennan 🇨🇭, Bachelor thesis student, 2018

Sophie Bogler 🇩🇪, Bachelor semester project student, 2018

Lin Boynton 🇺🇸, Master student assistant, 2018

Vera Weichlinger 🇨🇭, Bachelor thesis student, 2017

Julia Werz 🇨🇭, Bachelor thesis student, 2017   


Defining diversity, inclusion and equity:

To foster a diverse environment, proactive inclusion efforts are necessary to ensure that a person associated with any underserved, marginalized or excluded populations, feels welcomed, supported, safe and valued. Our group defines equity in academia as equal rights and equal access to opportunities to all students and staff. 


How does our group promote diversity and foster inclusion?

To encourage diversity, we believe one has to be themselves diverse in their own life experiences, skills and research. We know from firsthand experience that science is global, and only through diversity can one truly reach research excellence. A multicultural research group has the advantage of tapping into a rich resource of experiences, point of views and innovative ideas. The student-mentor relationship is dynamic, and consequently taking feedback and learning from colleagues, including students at all levels, is just as important as giving feedback. From our own experience, this type of relationship helps to foster inclusion through a supportive learning environment. This mentality is applicable to research, by diversifying research topics based on student expertise and interest, in mentoring, by being considerate of cultural backgrounds, and in teaching/outreach, by adapting to different learning styles and catering to different audiences. Finally, we hold each other to high standards of integrity, accountability and respect, necessary to foster an inclusive work and study environment. In times of struggle, we also know to seek assistance whether it be personal and/or professional help and encourage our peers to do so as well.

The NBD Group aims to be a trailblazingly diverse research group!

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