Daniel Maspoch

Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia

Engineering Sciences

Born in L'Escala (Girona) in 1976. He graduated in chemistry at the Universitat de Girona and obtained his PhD in materials science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona. He then moved to Northwestern University, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of professor Chad A. Mirkin. He moved back to the Institut Català de Nanotecnologia (ICN) thanks to a Ramón y Cajal contract, where he founded the Supramolecular NanoChemistry & Materials Group. Since September 2011 he is ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2). He is a recipient of an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

Research interests

My research interests are focused on controlling the assembly -Supramolecular Chemistry- of molecules, metal ions and nanoparticles for the creation of functional nanostructured materials -Nanotechnology- with empty spaces; and use them to encapsulate, store, separate, react and deliver molecules of interest. My main contributions are in the fields of nanoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Delivery Systems for applications in myriad areas, including Energy (e.g. gas storage), Catalysis, the Environment (e.g. pollutant removal, CO2 storage), Encapsulation (e.g. long-lasting fragrances), and Life Science –Medicine and animals health– (e.g. drug-delivery systems and contrast agents).

Selected publications

- Garzón-Tovar L, Pérez-Carvajal J, Imaz I & Maspoch D 2017, 'Composite salt in porous Metal-Organic Frameworks for adsorption heat transformation', Advanced Functional Materials, 1606424.

- Garzon-Tovar L, Rodriguez-Hermida S, Imaz I & Maspoch D 2017, 'Spray Drying for Making Covalent Chemistry: Postsynthetic Modification of Metal-Organic Frameworks', Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 139, 2, 897 - 903.

- Rubio-Martinez M, Avci-Camur C, Thorton A, Imaz I, Maspoch D & Hill MR 2017, 'New Synthetic Routes towards MOF Production at Scale', Chemical Society Reviews, 46, 3453-3480.

- Yazdi A, Abo Markeb A, Garzon-Tovar L, Patarroyo J, Moral-Vico J, Alonso A, Sanchez A, Bastus N, Imaz I, Font X, Puntes V & Maspoch D, 2017, 'Core-shell Au/CeO2 nanoparticles supported in UiO-66 beads exhibiting full CO conversion at 100 degrees C', Journal Of Materials Chemistry A, 5, 27, 13966 - 13970.

- Fernandez-De-Retana S, Cano-Sarabia M, Marazuela P, Sanchez-Quesada JL, Garcia-Leon A, Montanola A, Montaner J, Maspoch D & Hernandez-Guillamon M 2017, 'Characterization of ApoJ-reconstituted high-density lipoprotein (rHDL) nanodisc for the potential treatment of cerebral beta-amyloidosis', Scientific Reports, 7, 14637.

- Garzon-Tovar L, Avci-Camur C, Rodriguez-San-Miguel D, Imaz I, Zamora F & Maspoch D 2017, 'Spray drying for making covalent chemistry II: synthesis of covalent-organic framework superstructures and related composites', Chemical Communications, 53, 82, 11372 - 11375.

Selected research activities

- Co-founder of the company Ahead Therapeutics.

- Signature of the Technology Transfer Contract "Iron encapsulation for food products" with the company Lipofoods S.L.

- License of the patent "Liposome-based immunotherapy" (Apl. EP 14151629)