Josep Puigmartí

Josep Puigmartí

Universitat de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Prof. Josep Puigmartí-Luis is the head of the ChemInFlow group located at the University of Barcelona. He completed his PhD in supramolecular chemistry at the Institut de Ciències dels Materiales de Barcelona (2008), and right after, he received a competitive postdoctoral ETH fellowship. In 2012, he was nominated as a Ramon y Cajal researcher, but after two years, he decided to move back to Switzerland where in 2015 was awarded an ERC Starting Grant, a Chair of Excellence (France) in 2018, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Valencia in 2019.

Additionally, Prof. Puigmartí-Luis has been awarded the Premi Antoni de Martí i Franquès (2008) and he received the St. Jordi award  for his work on supramolecular functional materials (2006).

Research interests

Self-assembly can be described as a dynamic process present in nature that has long been used for the evolution of living organisms, but is still scarcely understood by modern science. The main reason being that self-assembly is generally studied under equilibrium conditions. Despite the remarkable progress made in materials engineering, the quest for a technology to study and kinetically control self-assembled processes is still incomplete. Like in nature, only through kinetic controlled conditions we can achieve materials with a rationalized function and efficiency; a result that will open new horizons in nanotechnology. Therefore, the research activities of his group are centred on accomplishing an extraordinary kinetic control over self-assembly by controlling the fluid flow phenomena of reagents at the micro and nanoscale.

Selected publications

- S. Gervasoni; A. Terzopoulou; ..., J. Puigmarti-Luis*; Pane, Salvador 2020, 'CANDYBOTS: A New Generation of 3D-Printed Sugar-Based Transient Small-Scale Robots', Advanced Materials, 32, 2005652.

- A. Terzopoulou, X. Wang, ..., J. Puigmartí-Luis*, Salvador Pané 2020, Biodegradable Metal–Organic FrameworkBased Microrobots (MOFBOTs)’, Adv. Healthcare Mater. 9, 20, 2001031.

- A. Terzopoulou; Nicholas, J. D.; ..., J. Puigmarti-Luis*, 2020, 'Metal-Organic Frameworks in Motion', Chemical Reviews, 120, 20, 11175 - 11193.

Selected research activities

- Invited oral presentation at Beijing Institut of Technology (BIT) (18th December 2020), J. Puigmartí-Luis (invited by Prof. Muhua Huang)

- Nominated Editorial Board member of Molecules

- Member of two PhD evaluation committees, one at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and the other at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

- Two front covers, one at Advanced Materials and the other at Advanced Healthcare Materials