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

ORIGIN OF THE CHEMIRESISTIVE RESPONSE OF ULTRATHIN FILMS OF CONDUCTIVE METAL–ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS

Víctor, Neyvis and Garin’s work has just been published in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. This joint effort shines some light into the underlying mechanism behind the chemiresistive phenomena displayed by electrically conductive MOFs. Taking advantage of our previously reported devices based on Cu-CAT-1 ultrathin films (~30 nm), we used experimental data in combination with computational modelling to obtain evidence for a guest dependent modification of the MOF’s electronic structure. This causes a direct dependence between the electrical response of the MOF and guest interactions with its open metal nodes. You can see the full text here.

BAND-GAP ENGINEERING IN A NEW FAMILY OF HETEROMETALLIC TITANIUM(IV) METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS

Javier Castells & Natalia M. Padial’s work has just been published as a Very Important Paper in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. The work describes a new family of heterometallic Titanium(IV)-based Metal Organic Frameworks, namely MUV-10, that can be produced in gram quantity and show remarkable stability in water. Moreover, the paper shows how the electronic structure of these materials can be tuned through the heterometallic centres by means of metal doping, which is further supported by theoretical calculations and by photocatalytic H2 production from water, in collaboration with Hermenegildo García’s group at ITQ. For more info see here.

PEPTIDE METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS UNDER PRESSURE: FLEXIBLE LINKERS FOR COOPERATIVE COMPRESSION


José Navarro’s work to be featured in the “New Talents: Europe” special issue in Dalton Transactions investigates the structural response of a dense peptide metal–organic framework of Zn(GlyTyr)2. This material shows a reversible compression by 13% in volume at 4 GPa that is facilitated by the ability of the peptidic linker to fold cooperatively. Compared to other structural transformations in Zn(II) peptide MOFs, this behaviour is not affected by host/guest interactions and relies exclusively on the conformational flexibility of the peptide and its side chain chemistry. For more info see here.

GROUP NEWS

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

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

CHRISTIAN DOONAN VISITS US

Prof. Christian Doonan from University of Adelaide visited us to lecture on the recent advances of his team on the potential of MOF biocomposites for application to industrial, heterogeneous and biocatalysis. We are hopeful this will initiate a fruitful collaboration between both groups.

WELCOME MATCO!

With the help of the venture fund BeABLE Capital, Carlos has founded Porous Materials and Advanced Applications, S.L. The company has been certified as spin-off of the Universidad the Valencia and right after its birth has been recognized with the VLC Start Up award organised by the Parc Científic.