Jacques-Edouard Moser graduated as a chemical engineer and obtained a doctorate (PhD) in physical chemistry (Michael Grätzel, thesis supervisor) from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 1982 and 1986, respectively. During his thesis, he made two stays at the Canadian Picosecond Laser Flash-Photolysis Centre at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada) in 1984 and 1985.
He joined the Eastman Kodak Corporate Research Laboratories in Rochester (NY, USA) in 1986 as a postdoctoral fellow and was later associated with the NSF Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer at the University of Rochester. Back in Switzerland, he was appointed lecturer in physical chemistry at EPFL in 1992 and obtained the habilitation and the venia legendi in 1998. He was named titular professor in 2005.
Since 2005, he has led the Group for Photochemical Dynamics at EPFL’s Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, where his research has primarily focused on the dynamics of photoinduced charge separation in emergent photovoltaic systems. He is author and co-author of more than 200 scientific articles (h-index 83). He taught general physical chemistry to first-year chemistry students for 18 years, as well as general and redox photochemistry at the bachelor and master levels for more than 30 years.
Jacques-E. Moser presided the Swiss Society for Photochemistry and Photophysics (SGPP) and chaired the jury of the Grammaticakis-Neumann International Prize for Photochemistry. He was a member of the central board of the Swiss Chemical Society, a member of the standing committee of the European Photochemistry Association and a member of the executive committee of the Division for Fundamental Research of the Swiss Chemical Society. He was director of the Section of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at EPFL and member of the direction of the Faculty of Basic Sciences from 2007 to 2015.