ICMol Team
Creating functional inorganic materials
Excellent science in a top-ranked spanish institution
State-of-the art experimental facilities
Young, dynamic working environment

Welcome to FuniMat website

We are a research group in the interface between inorganic and materials chemistry.

We are part of the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol) at the Universidad de Valencia. Our research encompasses different targets ranging from the synthesis, characterization and nanostructuration of inorganic, porous materials. Built upon a thorough understanding of these basic principles we aim to enable environmentally relevant application based on these materials like catalysis, chiral separation, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis or energy storage.

We collaborate nationally and internationally with renowned research groups, including scientists at ICIQ (Tarragona), Polymat (San Sebastián), ETH (Zurich), ICN2 (Barcelona), University of Liverpool, University of Warwick and IMDEA Nanoscience (Madrid).

Our labs are located at the state-of-the-art facilities of ICMol.

Papers

JACS paper on peptide MOFs for enantioselective separation of chiral drugs.


José Navarro’s work has just been published in JACS. In collaboration with the MINOLTA team at UVEG we report the first example of a MOF capable of separating chiral polar drugs. Cu- GlyHisGly is capable of separating more than 50% of the (+)-ephedrine enantiomer from a racemic mixture in only.

bioMOFs

bioMOFs for mercury removal published in Angewandte Chemie.

In collaboration with E. Pardo’s group at ICMol, this work highlights the potential of flexible MOFs incorporating amino acids to enable efficient removal of mercury from solution. This porous solid displays an adaptable response reminiscent of that responsible for the biological activity of the enzyme mercuric reductase.

Electroactive MOF

Electroactive MOF thin-films in JACS

Victor Rubio’s JACS paper reports on the use of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) to enable the fabrication of highly oriented, ultrathin MOF films across millimetre-scale areas. Electrical conductivity was studied with Hg-drop electrometry. This strategy might be useful for the integration of MOFs as active interfaces in electronic devices.

Group news

Natalia Muñoz

Natalia Muñoz joins us

Natalia is originally from Granada and completed her PhD in the Universidad of Granada in 2016 under the supervision of Jorge A. Rodriguez Navarro and Enrique Oltra. She will be working on the synthesis of non-conventional MOF-forming linkers.

Gokhan Gureser

Gokhan Gureser joins the team

Gokhan is originally from Turkey and completed his BSc. In Chemical Engineering from the University of Bogazici in 2005. He enrols the team as a Master Student and will be working on the nanostructuration of layered MOFs on solid substrates.

Alejandro Núnez

Alejandro Nuñez joins the team

Alejandro is Valencia born and bred. He earned a degree in Chemistry from the Universidad de Valencia in 2016 and joins the team as a Master Student. His research will focus on the development of MOFs that feature high-stability and photoactivity.

General info

ERC

ERC Stg Grant Chem-fs-MOF awarded

The European Research Council has awarded an ERC Starting Grant to Carlos. The money will be used to develop advanced porous materials for their implementation in applications of environmental relevance like solar energy conversion or the development of a new generation of electronic devices that combine porosity and electrical response.

Metal Composite

Our work featured in the Emerging Investigators Issue

Our work on MOFs for supercapacitors has been highlighted in the Chem. Commun. Emerging Investigators Issue. This special issue, now in its sixth year, intends to showcase the high-quality research being carried out by international researchers in the early stages of their independent careers