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

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), Universidad Pablo Olavide (Sevilla), ETH (Zurich), ICN2 (Barcelona), ITQ-CSIC (Valencia), University of Liverpool, KU Leuven, University of Warwick, University of Cambridge and Universidad Autónoma, IMDEA Nanoscience and IMDEA Energía (Madrid).

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

Papers

DEVICE FABRICATION OF ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE ULTRATHIN FILMS OF A TWO-DIMENSIONAL MOF

Víctor Rubio’s work has just been accepted in Advanced Materials. This paper reports on the convenience of a solution-based bottom-up method, which combines the use of the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, Layer-by-Layer and self-assembled monolayers to transfer high-quality ultrathin films of a semiconductive 2D MOF in a controlled fashion. This versatile methodology enabled us to fabricate MOF-based electronic devices and study the electrical conductivity on the thinnest MOF films (10 nm thick) reported so far. For more info see here.

FUNCTIONALIZATION OF MOF CRYSTALS WITH CATECHOL COATINGS FOR ENHANCED MOISTURE TOLERANCE.


Javier Castell’s paper in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces demonstrates the formation of robust catechol coatings for enhanced moisture tolerance by one step reaction of HKUST crystals with synthetic catechols. In collaboration with D. Ruiz-Molinas’ grout @ICN2 we show that the use of fluorinated catechols results in hydrophobic, permeable coatings that protect HKUST from water degradation whilst retaining close to 100 % of its original sorption capacity. For more info see here.

Fe doping

METAL DOPING FOR SPONTANEOUS MAGNETIZATION IN MICROPOROUS MAGNETS

Víctor Rubio’s Chem. Mater. paper reports on the controllable doping of Ni-MOF-74 with Fe to produce a MOF material which combines porosity and ferrimagnetic ordering. This validates metal doping as a useful strategy to modify the magnetism of other archetypical families of MOFs. For more info see here.

Group news

CAROLINA RUIZ JOINS US

Carolina Ruiz-Ganivet is original of Madrid and earned her Ph.D. in 2015, working in the group of Prof. Tomás Torres at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She next joined Prof. Luis Echegoyen’s group at the University of Texas at el Paso (USA). She will responsible for most of the organic aspects of the synthesis of the MOFs developed @Funimat.

MARIA ROMERO IS OUR NEW MASTER STUDENT

Maria graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2015 at the University of Valencia and worked with an internship at the plastic technology institute, AIMPLAS. She joins the team as a Master Student. Her research will focus on controlling mass transport and reactivity in stable MOFs by defect engineering.

Belen Lerma

BELÉN LERMA STARTS HER PhD

Belen is Valencia born and bred. She earned a degree (2016) and Master (2017) in Chemistry at the Universidad de Valencia and now joins the team as PhD Student. Her research will focus on the development of high-throughput methodologies for the synthesis of biomimetic MOFs that feature high-stability and increasing pore complexity.

General info

MINECO PROJECT GRANTED

We have been awarded a 3 years project financed by MINECO that also includes a PhD Scholarship to develop Metal-Organic Frameworks of Biological Inspiration (CTQ2017-83486-P).

LECTURE AT EUROMOF17

Funimat was present at the 2nd European Conference in Metal-Organic Frameworks held in Delft. Carlos delivered a talk on ‘Peptide MOFs for enantioselective separation of chiral drugs’ and Javi & Natalia presented posters featuring our most recent work..

KEYNOTE LECTURE AT INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MOFs AND COFs

KEYNOTE LECTURE AT INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MOFs AND COFs

Funimat was present at the International Symposium on Composites of Metal and Covalent Organic Frameworks held in Granada. Carlos delivered a keynote lecture on ‘Charge Transport in Ultrathin films of Metal-Organic Framewors’. For more details see here.