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

DIRECT VISUALIZATION OF PYRROLE REACTIVITY BY CONFINED OXIDATION IN A CYCLODEXTRIN METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORK

Alejandro’s work has just been published in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. In this paper, Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffraction is used to follow the restricted polymerization of pyrrole inside a cyclodextrin MOF, which generates discrete units of highly reactive cationic terpyrrole inside the pores. This work gives unprecedented information about the host-guest interactions that limit the formation of polymers, that can be useful to future works using MOFs as templates for polymerization processes. For more info see here.

DE NOVO SYNTHESIS OF MESOPOROUS PHOTOACTIVE TITANIUM(IV)-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS WITH MIL-100 TOPOLOGY

Javi reports the synthesis of the first mesoporous titanium-organic framework, now available in Chemical Science. The use of High-Throughput (HT) methodologies enabled the synthesis of highly crystalline MIL-100(Ti). Compared to the classical Fe phase, this MOF shows improved chemical stability and retains the photoactivity intrinsic to Ti(IV) centers. Photocatalytic H2 production was demonstrated in collaboration with Hermenegildo García’s group at the Instituto of Tecnología Química. For more details check the link.

TRANSLOCATION OF ENZYMES INSIDE MOFS FOR ENHANCED ACTIVITY UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS

On a recently published joint work, Jose, Neyvis and Belén used a novel method to induce the translocation of an enzyme into the pores of a MOF. Their procedure is based in a partial denaturation of the enzyme followed by its refolding into the polar cavities offered by the host. Thanks to a combination of experimental and theoretical work, we managed to demonstrate that the enzyme adopts a different conformation inside the MOF, granting it enhanced activity, stability and recyclability. The work is now available in Chemical Science.

EFFECT OF NANOSTRUCTURATION ON THE SPIN CROSSOVER TRANSITION IN CRYSTALLINE ULTRATHIN FILMS

Víctor’s study on the nanostructuration of spin crossover coordination polymers has just been published in Chemical Science. A collaborative endeavor with contributions from FuniMat, RTMM and SMolMat groups of the ICMol, together with Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales and DEIMOS beamline of the Soleil synchrotron. Below a critical thickness, the completeness of the spin transition is sharply affected due to an equally dramatic film microstructure transition from fully coalesced layer into segregated nanocrystalline particles. This careful examination of the spin crossover properties of films at the nanoscale provides relevant information for scientists working towards the integration of this switchable materials into nanometric electronic and spintronic devices. For more details take a look at the full text here.

GROUP NEWS

ELISA KESMAECKER JOINS THE TEAM

Elisa comes from Lille (France).For her internship as an Erasmus student, she will be helping Belén with the synthesis of chiral MOFs from proteogenic building blocks.

CARMEN FERNÁNDEZ STARTS HER PhD

Carmen graduated in Chemistry in 2017 at the University of Santiago de Compostela an got a master in Chemistry at the University of Valencia in 2019. She will be working in the design of porous and materials and layered clays for water remediation and removal of toxics.

ELENA LÓPEZ IS OUR NEW MEMBER

Elena is originally from Salamanca. She joins the force with a Juan de la Cierva Formación Fellowship after a Postdoc stay in Versailles. She will approach new strategies for cooperative catalysis in porous materials.

ISABEL JOINS THE FORCE

Isabel was born in Guadalajara and earned his Ph.D. in 2018, working in the group of Ross Forgan at the University of Glasgow. She will be exploring new methodologies for controlling the role of defects over structure and reactivity in MOFs.

MONTAÑA JOINS US AS THE CTO OF MATCO

Montaña earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2018 at the Universidad de Salamanca. As the Chief Technical Officer of Porous Materials for Advanced Applications, S.L. she will be responsible for the implementation of new methodologies for upscaling the synthesis of the most relevant materials produced @FuniMAT.

GENERAL INFO

CARLOS VISITS YAGHI´S LAB

Carlos joined Yaghi´s lab at UC Berkeley as a visiting scholar to discuss on potential collaborations on water adsorption and CO2 reduction with heterometallic titanium organic frameworks. Thanks for the invitation!

ISABEL AND FRANCISCO WIN COMPETITIVE FUNDING

Isabel and Francisco have been awarded the Marie Curie and “La Caixa” Junior Leader Fellowships, respectively. These are very competitive calls that highlight their excellent scientific and academic performance. Congratulations!

INVITED LECTURE BY KATHERINE MIRICA

Katherine Mirica (Dartmouth College) visited us and presented the recent advances of her team on conductive metal-organic frameworks to develop advanced sensory platforms. We are hopeful this will initiate a fruitful collaboration between both groups.

VICTOR BECOMES FUNIMAT´S FIRST GRADUATE

Victor has officially become Dr. Rubio-Giménez after defending his PhD Thesis. The jury was formed by Prof. Mirica, Medina and Gándara. Victor will continue his work on conductive and magnetic MOFs until September 2019 when he will join Ameloot´s group at Leuven with a FWO Fellowship. Congratulations!

INVITED LECTURES AT NOVEL POROUS MATERIALS SYPOSIUM AND MOF 2018

Funimat was very well represented at the Novel Porous Materials Symposium held in Australia and the 6th International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks and Open Framework Compounds held in New Zealand. Carlos and Natalia presented our last results in Titanium Organic-Frameworks. For more details see here