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

- Avci C, Imaz I, Carné-Sánchez A, Pariente JA, Tasios N, Pérez-Carvajal J, Alonso MI, Blanco A, Dijkstra M, Lopez C & Maspoch D 2018, 'Self-Assembly of Polyhedral Metal-Organic Framework Particles into Three-Dimensional Ordered Superstructures', Nature Chemistry, 10, 1, 78 - 84.

- Guillerm V, Grancha T, Imaz I, Juanhuix J & Maspoch D 2018, 'Zigzag Ligands for Transversal Design in Reticular Chemistry: Unveiling New Structural Opportunities for Metal-Organic Frameworks', Journal of American Chemical Society, 140, 32, 10153-10157.

- Albalad J, Xu H, Gándara F, Haouas M, Martineau-Corcos C, Mas-Ballesté R, Barnett,S, Juanhuix J, Imaz I & Maspoch D 2018, 'Single-Crystal-to-Single-Crystal Post-Synthetic Modification of a Metal-Organic Framework via Ozonolysis', Journal of American Chemical Society, 140, 2028−2031.

- Guillerm V, Xu H, Albalad J, Imaz I & Maspoch D 2018, 'Post-Synthetic Selective Ligand Cleavage by Solid-Gas Phase Ozonolysis Fuses Micropores into Mesopores in Metal-Organic Frameworks', Journal of the American Chemical Society, 140, 15022-15030.

- Troyano J, Carne-Sanchez A, Perez-Carvajal J, Leon-Reina L, Imaz I, Cabeza A & Maspoch D 2018, 'A Self-Folding Polymer Film Based on Swelling Metal-Organic Frameworks', Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 57, 47, 15420-15424.

- Fuertes-Espinosa C, Gómez-Torres A, Morales-Martínez R, Rodríguez-Fortea A, García-Simón C, Gándara F, Imaz I, Juanhuix J, Maspoch D, Poblet JM, Echegoyen L & Ribas X 2018, 'Purification of Uranium‐based Endohedral Metallofullerenes (EMFs) by Selective Supramolecular Encapsulation and Release', Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 57, 11294-11299.

- Troyano J, Castillo O, Martinez JI, Fernandez-Moreira V, Ballesteros Y, Maspoch D, Zamora F & Delgado S 2018, 'Reversible Thermochromic Polymeric Thin Films Made of Ultrathin 2D Crystals of Coordination Polymers Based on Copper(I)-Thiophenolates', Advanced Functional Materials, 28, 5, 1704040.