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. 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. Currently Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Research Institute (Phil S. Baran´s lab).
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.
ISABEL ABÁNADES LÁZAROPostDoctoral Researcher/Marie Curie Fellow
Isabel obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at University of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, in 2014. During her undergraduate she participated in research projects within the analytical department of her home university and within the immunology department of Fundación Jiménez Díaz (FJD) Madrid. She did the last year of her undergraduate degree in Trinity College Dublin with First Class Honours, including a 10-month research project in the bioinorganic research group. Subsequently, she moved to University of Glasgow to do her PhD under the supervision of Dr Ross S. Forgan, collaborating with Dr D. Fairen-Jimenez (University of Cambridge) and with Dr V. del Pozo (FJD). During her PhD, Isabel has designed innovative, versatile and reproducible protocols – so called in situ defect drug loading - in which, by one-pot syntheses carboxylate-containing anticancer drugs and surface functionality are introduced into MOF surface and defect sites as defect compensating ligands and capping agents through coordination modulation.
MONTAÑA ELVIROChief Technical Officer/Porous Materials for Advanced Applications, S.L.
Montaña Elviro studied Chemical Engineering (2011) and a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering (2013) at the University of Salamanca (2011). Then, she received a FPI fellowship (2012-2016) from the Spanish government (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad) to develop new supports for protein purification by IMAC chromatography, under the direction of Professor Miguel A. Galán Serrano and Professor Eva Martín del Valle (University of Salamanca). During that period, she worked for three months at Imperial London University as Visitor Researcher, under the supervision of Professor Athanasios (Sakis) Mantalaris and Professor Efstratios N. (Stratos) Pistikopoulos. Her work there was focused on the modelling and optimization of mAb production using gPROMS. Currently she is working as CTO in MatCO (Porous Materials for Advanced Applications, S.L.) with main focus in the optimization of the synthesis of ultrastable MOFs at high-scale.
ELENA LÓPEZ MAYAPost Doctoral Researcher/Juan de la Cierva Formación.
Elena obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at University of Salamanca, in 2010. In 2011 she moved to the University of Granada to study a Master’s degree in chemistry and a PhD under the direction of Elisa Barea Martínez and Jorge Andrés Rodríguez Navarro. During her thesis she visited Prof. Omar M. Yaghi’s research group at University of California (UC Berkeley, USA) for four months. In June 2016 she obtained her PhD title "Applications of advanced porous coordination polymers in environmental remediation processes". Afterwards, she further extended her scientific skills by visiting Prof. Dirk De Vos’s research group at University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium) for three months where she worked on the project "Defective Cu-Ni pyrazolate frameworks as bifunctional heterogeneous catalysts for the one-pot synthesis of neuroactive molecules". In December 2017 she moved to University of Versailles (France) as a postdoctoral researcher and after 1 year working under the supervision of Anne Vallée, she joined Funimat in January 2019.
FRANCISCO GARCÍA CIRUJANOLa Caixa Junior Leader
Francisco García Cirujano completed a PhD in Chemistry (2016) at the Institute of Chemical Technology (Valencia, Spain) under the supervision of Dr. Llabres i Xamena and Prof. Corma. After a postdoctoral stay as a Marie Curie fellow (2017-2019) in the group of Prof. de Vos at KU-Leuven (Belgium), he is now a Junior Leader La Caixa at the University of Valencia. His research on the design and synthesis of high performance metal-organic framework catalysts, aims to achieve environmentally benign processes in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
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.
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.
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.
RUBÉN BLAYMaster Student
Rubén graduated in Chemistry at the University of Valencia in 2019. Before. Joining us, he has carried out internships in three different departments: Institute of Molecular Science (Prof. A. Ribera and Enrique García-España) to approach the chemistry of layered double hydroxides and the synthesis of enzyme mimetics, and the Department of Physical Chemistry (Prof. Jorge Gálvez), where he was introduced to mathematical chemistry and cheminformatics. He is currently studying a master in “Chemical Sensors” from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.