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.
DIRECT VISUALIZATION OF PYRROLE REACTIVITY BY CONFINED OXIDATION IN A CYCLODEXTRIN METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORK
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.
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.
BAND-GAP ENGINEERING IN A NEW FAMILY OF HETEROMETALLIC TITANIUM(IV) METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
JUSTINE CORDIEZ JOINS THE TEAM
Justine is originally from Lille, France. She joins the team as a visiting Erasmus Student. Her research will focus on controlling defects in the family of titanium MOFs MUV-10.
SERGIO TATAY JOINS FUNIMAT
Sergio is Valencian born and breed. He earned his Ph.D. in 2008, working in the group of Prof. Eugenio Coronado at the Universidad de Valencia. She next joined the Unité Mixte of Physicque CNRS/THALES. He received a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship in 2017 and will be leading the development of electronic devices based on conductive MOFs @Funimat.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
INVITED SEMINAR AT UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Carlos visited the Universidad de Granada (Prof. Jorge A. R. Navarro) to present our research on lateral and vertical charge-transport in ultrathin MOF films.
INVITED LECTURES AT ICCC 2018
MOF ultrathin films. Victor presented our recent work on spin-crossover materials at the nanoscale. For more details see here
KIM JELFS AND MARTIJN ZWIJNENBURG VISIT US FOR AN INVITED LECTURE
Kim Jelfs (Imperial College of London) and Martijn Zwijnenburg (University College London) visited us to lecture on the recent advances of their teams on the modelling of porous cages and high-throughput screening pf polymer photocatalysts. We are hopeful this will initiate a fruitful collaboration between both groups.
KEYNOTE LECTURE AT POLYMAT-SPOTLIGHT
FuniMAT was present at the International Symposium Polymat-Spotlight devoted to 2D and Porous Polymers. Carlos delivered a keynote lecture on ‘Charge Transport in Ultrathin films of Metal-Organic Frameworks’
ROSS FORGAN VISITS US FOR AN INVITED LECTURE
Ross Forgan, URF and Chemistry Reader at the University of Glasgow, visited us to lecture on the research of his team on the development of new applications based on zirconium (IV) metal-organic frameworks. We are hopeful this will initiate a fruitful collaboration between both groups.
ELENA LOPEZ AWARDED A JdC FELLOWSHIP
Elena Lopez Maya, currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Versailles in France, has received a Juan de la Cierva in the category Formación to join FuniMat by the end of the year. Congratulations!
EMILIO COCINERO VISITS US FOR AN INVITED LECTURE
Emilio J. Cocinero leader of the Spectroscopy Group at the UPV/EHU visited us to present their research on how high-resolution spectroscopy in the microwave region can be used to solve problems in modern chemistry.
INVITED SEMINAR AT THE UAB
Carlos visited the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona for an invited seminar to present our research on flexible peptide-MOFs for chiral drugs separation and high-pressure structural transformations.
FUNIMAT AT ACS NOLA AND docMOF
Funimat was present at the ACS Symposium held in New Orleans and the docMOF symposium held in Germany. Carlos delivered a talk on charge transport in MOF ultrathin films and Javi presented our recent work in Titanium MOFs.
INVITED SEMINARS AT THE UPV/EHU & IMPERIAL COLLEGE
Carlos visited the UPV/EHU in Bilbao and the Imperial College of London for two invited seminars to present our recent advances in charge transport and photo-activity in metal-organic frameworks.
ROB AMELOOT VISITS US FOR AN INVITED LECTURE
Rob Ameloot from KU Leuven visited us to lecture on the research of his team on chemical vapor deposition of metal-organic frameworks. We are hopeful this will initiate a fruitful collaboration between both groups.
INVITED SEMINAR AT THE UAM
Carlos visited the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid for an invited seminar to present our research on the sidechain engineering of porosity and structural flexibility of peptide metal-organic frameworks.
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
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 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 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!
KEYNOTE LECTURE AT RSEQ BIENAL
Funimat was present at the XXXVI Bienal de la Real Sociedad Española de Química held in Sitges. Carlos and Victor delivered keynote and flash presentations at the MOF symposium highlighting most recent results of the team in ‘Peptide-based porous materials’ and ‘Conductive ultrathin MOF films’. For more details see here.
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.
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