ICREA Academia

Josep M. Poblet

ICREA Academia 2015

Universitat Rovira i Virgili · Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Josep M. Poblet graduated in Chemistry in 1979 from the University of Barcelona. From the same university he obtained his PhD degree in 1983 on theoretical studies of kinetic isotopes effects in organic reactions under the supervision of Professor Enric Canadell. After a postdoctoral stay with Professor Marc Bénard at the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg he became Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in 1986. Since 2001 he is Professor of Physical Chemistry at this university and Director of the Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Department since 2011. JMP did a research stay in the Emory University in 2004 and he is coauthor of more than 200 scientific publications including papers in Nature, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Angew. Chem., JACS, etc. He was awarded with the 2012 Bruker Physical Chemistry Prize of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and was named Distinguished Professor of the URV in 2014. 

Research interests

My current research is theoretical inorganic chemistry with particular interest in the electronic structure, reactivity and self assembly of complex systems. I have large experience in the computational modeling of molecular metal oxides (or polyoxometalates) that are a vast family of transition metal oxides with applications in many fields, such as materials science, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, spintronics, medicine, and analytical chemistry among many others. We are also interested in the study of formation mechanisms at high temperatures of fullerenes and metallofullerenes and in general in the structural, physical and chemical properties of carbon nanoforms.


Computational chemistry, Nanoscience, polyoxometalates, carbon nanoforms, catalysis, clean energy