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), 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

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.

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.

Group news

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.

Neyvis Almora

NEYVIS ALMORA JOINS THE TEAM

Neyvis Almora-Barrios is original from La Havana, Cuba, and earned her Ph.D. in 2010, working in the group of Prof. Nora de Leeuw at the University College of London, UK. She next joined Prof. Nuria López’s group at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ). She will be in charge of computational modelling to study structure-properties relationships in the porous materials developed @Funimat.

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.

General info

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.

Invited ECMM17

INVITED LECTURE AT ECMM17

Funimat was present at the 6th European Conference in Molecular Magnetism held in Bucharest. Carlos delivered an invited talk on ‘Ultrathin films of layered coordination polymers: charge transport and spin-crossover at the nanoscale’. For more details see here.

NATALIA AND BELEN WIN COMPETITIVE FUNDING

NATALIA AND BELEN WIN COMPETITIVE FUNDING

Natalia and Belen have recently been awarded a Juan de La Cierva Formación Fellowship and FPU Scholarship, respectively. These are quite competitive calls funded by the Spanish MINECO that highlight their excellent scientific and academic performance. Congratulations!