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.
Sergio TatayAssistant Professor/Ramón y Cajal Fellow
Sergio gained his Degree in Chemistry from the Universidad de Valencia in 2003. He obtained a FPU Scholarship and joined Coronado’s group at ICMol where he completed his PhD in Chemistry on the design of Bistable Metallic Complexes for Organic Electronics in 2008 with the highest mark "Cum Laude" along with the Best Thesis in Chemistry award from the UV. In 2009, he joined the Unité Mixte of Physicque CNRS/THALES (UMR137) as post-doctoral researcher with a Marie Curie Fellowship. There, he worked for four years in the integration of organic materials into spintronic devices. At the beginning of 2013, he got back to the ICMol as a Juan de la Cierva-MC CIG Fellow and set a new line of research dealing with the development of different materials with interests for molecular electronics and spintronics. In 2017 he received a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship and joined FuniMAT to lead the development of electronic devices based on conductive MOFs.
Natalia M. PadialLa Caixa Junior Leader
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 worked in the group of Prof. Melanie Sanford. 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 (award by the RSEQ). She was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Research Institute (Phil S. Baran´s lab) and now comes back to FuniMAT as a La Caixa Junior Leader to lead her own research line in photoredox reactivity.
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.
GARIN ESCORCIA ARIZAPostDoctoral Researcher
Garin Escorcia-Ariza graduated in Mechatronics Engineering at Uniagraria (Fundación Universitaria Agraria de Colombia) in 2012 after he started to work as Freelancer for Clorox de Colombia S.A. Afterwards, he moved to Spain in 2014 to continue his studies enrolling in the nanotechnology field with the Master in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and then in 2015, he continued with his Ph.D. on the same field. During this period, he worked developing tools to study the transport of molecular materials (mainly on MOFs) at ICMol with the RTMM group led by Eugenio Coronado and after its creation with FuniMAT. In 2019, he finished his PhD. and started working at CEAM Foundation as Collaborator Research developing a CEAS (cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy) setup. After he was working for Agrofresh programing their products. Currently, he is developing mechatronic setups here at FuniMAT.
LARISHA YANIRA CISNEROS REYESPostDoctoral Researcher
Larisha Cisneros obtained her Chemical Engineering degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya (Guanajuato, México). She completed her PhD in Sustainable Chemistry with Prof. Avelino Corma at ITQ (Valencia, Spain). In 2018, she joined Prof. Johannes Lercher group in TUM ( Munich, Germany) to work in the synthesis of small pore zeolites for SCR DeNOx with Clariant company. After that, she has been working in the scale-up of porous materials in European projects such as H2020 AgriChemWhey ( KULeuven, Belgium) and H2020 BIOMAT (UCLM, Spain). She joined FuniMAT in 2022 to work in the scale-up of MOFs
VIOLETA FUENTES LANDETEPostdoctoral Research Associate & Project Manager (2022-)
Violeta Fuentes-Landete graduated in Chemistry in 2012 at the University of València after an Erasmus research stay at the Universität Innsbruck, Austria with Prof. Thomas Loerting. Afterwards, she continued her PhD degree at the same department in Innsbruck in which she looked into the fundamental chemistry of ice and water under extreme conditions. Particularly looking into the dynamic and thermodynamic characterization of crystalline/amorphous high-pressure ice phases and the transformation kinetics between them. After obtaining her doctoral degree in 2019, she got a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for chemistry and energy conversion together with Prof. Robert Schlögl. She is now in our group to study metal-organic frameworks as crystalline platforms for multipurpose catalysis and aiding to facilitate the research management at the FuniMAT group
EVA RIVERA CHAOPostDoctoral Researcher
Eva Rivera-Chao graduated in Chemistry in 2015 at the University of Barcelona. Then, she moved to the University of Santiago de Compostela where she obtained the Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. José Luis Mascareñas and Dr. Fernando López. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2022 at the University of Santiago de Compostela working on the development of new synthetic routes towards 1,4-dienylboronates via catalytic alkynes allylboration reactions, under the supervision of Prof. Martín Fañanás Mastral.
During the Ph.D. she did a research stay in the group of Prof. Cristina Nevado (UHZ, 2018) and later, in the group of Prof. Phil S. Baran (The Scripps Research Institute, 2019). She received a Lilly-RSEQ award for Ph.D. students in 2021.
Victor Rubio-GiménezPostDoctoral Researcher
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. Currently Postdoc at KU Leuven at Ameloot´s group funded by the FWO.
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 until completing it in 2020. He is now a Research Fellow at Phoebe´s group in the University of Birmingham.
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.
MARIA ROMERO ANGELPhD 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.
CARMEN FERNÁNDEZ CONDEPhD Student
Carmen graduated in Chemistry in 2017 at the University of Santiago de Compostela. From 2015 to 2016 she did an internship at Prof. José Luis Mascareñas and Prof. Eugenio Vázquez group in the design of synthetic strategies for tryphenilphosphonium based antibiotics at CIQUS. Last year she got her master´s degree in Chemistry at the University of Valencia, working on the synthesis of layered double hydroxides under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Ribera. In her thesis, she will target the design of porous and materials and layered clays for water remediation and removal of toxics.
ANA RUBIOPhD Student
Ana graduated in Chemistry in 2018 at the University of Valencia after an Erasmus stay at The University of Manchester, where she worked on Single-Molecule Magnets in the group of Prof. S. T. Liddle. In 2019, she got her master's degreee in Chemistry back at the University of Valencia in the group of Prof. Carlos Gómez studying lanthanide-based coordination polymers. In her thesis, she will work on Stereocontrolled continuous flow synthesis of pharmaceuticals with heterogeneous multifunctional catalysts.
Clara Chinchilla GarzónPhD Student
Clara graduated in Chemistry in 2020 at the University of Valencia. She also completed the International Double Degree in Organic Chemistry between the UV and the University of Strasbourg (UNISTRA)-École européenne de Chimie, Polymères et Matériaux (ECPM). She worked on the synthesis of imidalozium salts at Laboratoire d’Innovation Moléculaire et Applications (LIMA-UNISTRA). In 2021 she got her master’s degree in Supramolecular and Molecular Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, working on the development of Pd-denitrative coupling reactions for -conjugated systems by the support of the DFT under the supervision of Dr. Ilaria Ciofini and Dr. Laurence Grimaud at Institute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (I-CLeHS) in Paris.
ELOY PABLO GÓMEZ DE OLIVEIRAPhD Student
Eloy graduated in Chemistry in 2020 at the University of Alcalá, where he worked on controlled synthesis of carbosilane dendrimers for drugs delivery. Later on, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Chemical Science and Technology in 2021 at the National Distance Education University. During this time, he was part of the Multifunctional and Supramolecular Materials Group at the Materials Science Institute of Madrid under the supervision of Dr. Felipe Gándara. His work focused on developing and characterizing new MOF-type materials to use as heterogeneous Lewis acid catalysts.
Eloy joins the FuniMat Group in January 2022. In his thesis, he will work with Titanium MOFs, for their application as photoredox catalysts
DAMIAN JEDRZEJOWSKIErasmus internship (2022-)
Damian is a second-year PhD student pursuing his work at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. The focus of his research is closely related to the design and synthesis of new ligands and metal-organic frameworks containing the 1,2,4,5-tetrazine moiety, and utilization of their potential in the inversed electron demand Diels-Alder reaction (iEDDA) as an example of a mild covalent post-synthetic modification . He is joining the Funimat group for a two-month internship to approach hydroxamate chemistry and high-throughput methodologies.
Víctor Carratalá MuñozUndergraduate Student
Víctor was born in Valencia in 2000 and will graduate in Chemistry at the University of Valencia by the end of 2022. He joins Funimat as a summer intern to work on the synthesis of short peptide linkers for the assembly of flexible MOFs.
Guillermo Gómez TenésUndergraduate Student
Guillermo was born in Algemesí. He is 21 years old and he will finish his BSc. in Chemistry at Universitat de Valencia in 2022. He starts in the group this summer as an Intership Student, and will approach the optimization of MOF synthesis by using high-throughput methods.