Carlos Martí-Gastaldo received his MSc in Chemistry from the University of Valencia. He joined Prof. Eugenio Coronado's group at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol) and received his PhD 'Cum Laude' in Chemistry in 2009 for his work on 'Multifunctional Magnetic Materials by using Coordination Polymers and 2D Layered Inorganic Materials'. In 2010, he received a Marie Curie Fellowship and joined Prof. Matthew J. Rosseinsky's group in the University of Liverpool (UK) to develop biomimetic MOFs with peptide linkers. In 2013, he was awarded a University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society, which recognizes 'outstanding scientists in the UK who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field', and founded an independent research group in Liverpool with key focus on highly-stable MOFs and 2D nanomaterials from layered inorganic solids for applications of environmental relevance like energy transport, conversion and storage. Next, he received the Ramón y Cajal (RyC) Fellowship from the Spanish government and moved to the ICMol in 2014. He was awarded the 'Young Researchers Award' by the Real Sociedad Española de Química that recognises the best Spanish chemists aged 40 or below (highlighted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 1) and the ERC Starting Grant in 2016.
Natalia M. PadialPostDoctoral Researcher
Natalia M. Padial was born in Granada (Spain). She obtained her B.Sc. degree in chemistry at the University of Granada, where she subsequently did a Master’s degree in chemistry. In 2014 she moved to the University of Michigan (USA), where she joined the research group of Prof. Melanie Sanford for three months. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2016 at the University of Granada in the field of organic synthesis with use of titanocene complexes and designing of new porous materials under the supervision of Prof J. Enrique Oltra and Prof. Jorge A. R. Navarro. Currently, her postdoctoral research focuses on development of heterogeneous titanium catalysts.
NEYVIS ALMORA-BARRIOSPostDoctoral Researcher
Neyvis Almora-Barrios studied Chemistry at the University of 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 joined Prof. Nuria López’sgroup at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) and, in 2014, she was the recipient of the Ayuda formacion Posdoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad. She applies modelling techniques to study structure-properties relationships in materials.
CAROLINA RUIZ-GANIVETPostDoctoral Researcher
Carolina R. Ganivet studied Chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), where she obtained her PhD degree in 2015, working with Prof. Torres and Dr. de la Torre on the development of novel single-molecule magnets and photosensitizers for molecular photovoltaics. After 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Dr. Echegoyen (USA) working on the synthesis of fullerene derivatives for their application in perovskite solar cells, she joined Funimat in January 2018.
Víctor Rubio-Gimènez graduated in Chemistry in 2012 at the University of València after an Erasmus research stay at Imperial College London, where he worked on polynuclear Fe complexes for MRI under the supervision of Prof. Nicholas Long and Dr. Robert Davies. After obtaining his master degree in Molecular Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in 2014 at the University of València, he received a PhD FPU grant from the Spanish government. His work focuses on the preparation of programmable SURMOF architectures and the study of their electronic properties.
Javier CastellsPhD student
Javier Castells-Gil obtained his 5-year undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 2014 including a year as an Erasmus student in the group of Prof. Dr. D. W. Bahnemann in Hannover (Germany), and his MSc in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 2016 from the University of Valencia. He then received a FPI predoctoral fellowship grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education and started his PhD working on the development, synthesis and applications of highly stable MOFs.
José NavarroPhD student
Studied Biotecnology in University of Valencia from 2012 to 2015. During that period worked as student on the Research Complex Jerónimo Muñoz (2013-2014), IATA (Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos) and ICMol (Instituto de Ciencia Molecular) between 2014 and 2015. Master in Molecular Nanocience and Nanotechnology also at the University of Valencia (2016). His PhD targets the design of metal-organic frameworks for enantiomerical separation and catalysis.
BELEN LERMA BERLANGAPhD student
Belen graduated in Chemistry in 2016 at the University of València. After obtaining her master degree in Chemistry in 2017 at the same university in the group of Prof. Carlos Gómez working with Fe(III) spin crossover complexes, she received a PhD FPU grant from the Spanish government and joined Funimat. Belen’s work targets the synthesis of biomimetic porous materials with enhanced chemical stability and complex pore environments for their application in pressure swing adsorption processes.
Alejandro Núñez López is a master student in Nanoscience and Molecular Nanotechnology. He graduated in Chemistry (91%, three times awarded best year expedient) in 2016 from the University of Valencia (Spain). Alejandro is an Erasmus student of the Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic) during 2015/2016 course, completing his final thesis in amino acids-derivative bioMOFs. Currently, he is working in the synthesis of a series of new Ti-MOFs with photocatalytic properties and confined growth of polymers inside three dimensional MOFs.
MARIA ROMERO ANGELMaster Student
Maria graduated in chemical engineering in 2015 at the University of Valencia. In 2015 she worked as a student at the plastic technology institute, AIMPLAS. During 2016 she worked at JECMA, an environmental consultancy. Currently she is studying a master in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, also at the University of Valencia.