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About XiMo

XiMo AG is a Swiss-based company focused on the development and application of proprietary metathesis catalysts, for use in the specialty chemical, agro chemical, renewables, pharmaceutical, flavors and fragrances, polymers and advanced materials sectors.

The company’s molybdenum and tungsten catalysts are based on the breakthrough scientific research of founders Amir H. Hoveyda, Professor of Chemistry at Boston College, and Richard R. Schrock, Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The name XiMo comes from the latin ‘eximo’ which means unlock or release. The capitalization of the M in XiMo puts the chemical abbreviation of the metal molybdenum (Mo) – one of the key catalytic metals in XiMo’s portfolio – in the name of the company.


XiMo was founded in 2010 by MIT Professor Richard Schrock and Boston College Professor Amir Hoveyda, along with a small group of other investors and co-founders. Ximo Hungary was established in 2011 with opening its catalyst development lab on the campus of the Chemical Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. In 2013 Ximo labs were moved to Graphisoft Park, which is one of the most prominent science and innovation parks in Budapest. In addition to developing highly active, selective and robust catalysts at laboratory scale, XiMo has ensured their availability in large quantities and, therefore, established a strategic alliance with SONEAS, a Budapest based toll manufacturing company.

VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergy AG

VERBIO is one of the leading independent producers and providers of biofuels and is at the same time the only large industrial producer of biodiesel, bioethanol and biomethane in Europe. In the production of its highly efficient fuels, the company uses energy-saving production processes and innovative technologies of its own development. VERBIO delivers its products directly to the European mineral oil conglomerates, mineral oil trading companies, independent gas stations, freight forwarders, municipal utilities and vehicle fleets. In addition, VERBIO markets high-quality pharma glycerine for the consumer goods and cosmetics industry (glycerine is gained as a by-product in biodiesel production).  Recently VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergy AG has acquired 100 percent of the shares in XIMO AG, based in Switzerland. Additional updates can be found at https://www.verbio.de/en/

Scientific Board

The energy behind XiMo is a world class team of innovative scientists, professors, and business leaders with proven expertise in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

Prof. Dr. Amir Hoveyda

• Patricia and Joseph T. Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry at Boston College

• Co-inventor and patentholder for several Mo & W based metathesis catalysts.

• Scientific advisor to several global pharmaceutical companies.

Education: Ph.D. Yale University; B.A. Columbia University

Prof. Dr. Richard Schrock

• Recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

• Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• Co-inventor and patent holder for several Mo & W based metathesis catalysts

• Member of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers

• Scientific advisor to several global pharmaceutical companies.

Education: Ph.D. Harvard University; B.A. University of California, Riverside

Prof. Dr. Christophe Copéret

• Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zürich

• Co-inventor and patentholder for several immobilized Mo & W based metathesis catalysts.

• Co-Editor in Chief of Helvetica and belongs to the advisory boards of several journals.

• Board member of the Swiss Chemical Society

Education: Ph.D. Purdue University (USA); M.Sc. CPE Lyon (France)

Prof. Dr. Michael R. Buchmeiser

• Full Professor, University of Stuttgart, Germany

• Vice Director and Member of Board of the Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM), Leipzig, Germany (2005-2009), Member of the Board of Directors of the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) Denkendorf (2009-)

• Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center 1333 “Molecular Heterogeneous Catalysis in Confined Geometries” (2018-)

• Co-inventor and patentholder for several Ru, Mo and W based olefin and alkyne metathesis catalysts

Education: M.Sc. and Ph.D. at University of Innsbruck, Austria


Dr. Tibor Soós

• Head of the Organocatalysis Research Group at the Research Centre for Natural Sciences

• Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Research Centre for Natural Sciences

• Co-inventor and patentholder of Pd based catalyst and organocatalysts.

• Education M.Sc. and Ph.D. at Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest

XiMo’s Scientific Advisory Board come from various internationally renowned institutes (MIT, Boston College, etc.) and universities to whom XiMo enjoys long-term scientific relationship.

Institutes: MIT, Boston College, Osaka University, ETH Zürich, University of Stuttgart

Key personnel

R. Schrock (MIT)



A. Hoveyda (Boston College)



M. R. Buchmeiser (University Stuttgart)



C. Coperet (ETH Zürich)



T. Soós (RCNS)




Ximo’s catalyst development and kg lab are located at Berlini Park, Budapest, Hungary.

XiMo’s well-equipped lab is staffed by full-time XiMo Ph.D. scientists along with support personnel. As demand for XiMo’s technology grows, our team also expands.


The XiMo’s catalyst development laboratory is equipped with the state-of-the art laboratory infrastructure and instruments. XiMo has an in-house analytical laboratory for separation and structural identification (300 MHz NMR).
XiMo has a reliable partner for the the kilogram scale production of the catalysts.

Research team

The scientific team of XiMo gathered unique, diverse expertise during their professional career including catalyst design, organometallics, coordination chemistry, flavors and fragrances, agrochemicals, medicinal chemistry, total synthesis of natural products, and custom library synthesis.

The ‘in-house’ experience is supported by industrial and academic partners. The catalyst development is closely associated with XiMo’s academic partners (MIT, Boston College, University of Osaka, ETH, Zürich, University of Stuttgart, Institute of Polymer Chemistry etc.).

XiMo scientists work together with process chemists and  chemical engineers to meet the individual needs of our customers.

Olefin Metathesis Highlights

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XiMo Hungary Kft.
Berlini Park Building No. 5
Berlini utca 47-49.
H-1045 Budapest

Levente Ondi, Managing Director, Technology

Ximo Hungary Kft.