Welcome to FuniMat websiteWe 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.
Belen's work has been published in JACS. By using crystals of the mesoporous MOF UiO-68, we demonstrate how the conditions for linker exchange reactions permit controlling the incorporation of photoactive linkers across the crystals for asymmetric distributions that maximize photocatalytic performance. Click for more info
Isabel's work has been published in Chemical Science. Her work shows the ability of isophthalic to promote defect creation in the heterometallic Ti-MOF of the MUV-10 family. Compared to monocarboxylic acids, this bidentate linker permits compensating the structural distortion and energy penalty imposed by breaking the connectivity of the underlying framework. Click for more info
Javier, Natalia and Neyvis work has been published in Chem. Their work shows how the combination of Ti(IV) with different metals leads to heterometallic Titanium-Organic Frameworks with catalytic activity towards the degradation of nerve agent simulants. The synergetic cooperation of Ti(IV) and Fe(III) sites enables the degradation of Sarin simulants in water without additional co-catalysts. By using an integrative experimental/computational approach, we answer one of the key open questions in the area of mixed-metal MOFs: how can the metals in the inorganic node influence each other for tuning the performance of the material? Click for more info
Natalia comes back to the group after a successful postdoc at Baran's lab at Scripps Research in La Jolla. As a La Caixa Junior Leader Fellow, she will be leading a new research line that intends to exploit the potential of titanium-organic frameworks in photoredox reactivity. Welcome back!
Daniel is Valencian born and breed and will graduate in Chemical Engineering at the University of Valencia by the end of 2021. He has just joined FuniMAT to help us in approaching the validation of our Ti-MOFs of industrial relevance in the detoxification of organic pollutants. He loves comics (unfortunately Marvel mainly) and is a big fan of Physics and Star Wars. May the force be with him!
Moussa Faye obtained his degree in Chemistry in 2020 at the University of Valencia. During his last year, he did his degree’s final project with the analytical department developing a new technique for the simultaneous identification, separation and quantification of several drugs. He has joined the team as a Master Student to merge his previous work with the use of chiral MOFs for enantiomeric separation. He loves playing tennis and does some computer programming during his free time.
After starting a new research line centered in the selective implantation of amines to heterometallic MOFs, Elena leaves us to start a new adventure as a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Fellow at the group of Joao Rocha in the University of Aveiro-Institute of Materials CICECO. Best luck Elena, we will miss you!
Víctor has received the prize NanoMatMol by the RSEQ to the best thesis in Nanoscience and Molecular Materials in 2019 and the best thesis in Chemistry by the Universidad de Valencia. Well done Víctor!. Check the link for further info.
Congratulations to Dr. Castells-Gil after his excellent remote PhD Thesis defense. The jury was formed by Profs. Serre, Lotsch and Gascón. Javi has done a great job developing new families of titanium-organic frameworks and studied their applications in catalysis. All the best for your new endeavours at the University of Birmingham. Congratulations!