Josep Puigmartí-Luis

Josep Puigmartí-Luis

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

- Sevim S, Sorrenti A, Vale JP, et al. 2022, 'Chirality transfer from a 3D macro shape to the molecular level by controlling asymmetric secondary flows', Nature Communications, 13, 1, 1766.

- Xia Y, Sevim S, Vale JP, et al. 2022, 'Covalent transfer of chemical gradients onto a graphenic surface with 2D and 3D control', Nature Communications, 13, 1, 7006.

- Terzopoulou A, Palacios-Corella M, Franco C, Sevim S, Dysli T, Mushtaq F, Romero-Angel M, Martí-Gastaldo C, Gong D, Cai J, Chen X-Z, Pumera M, deMello AJ, Nelson BJ, Pané S & Puigmartí-Luis J 2022, 'Biotemplating of Metal–Organic Framework Nanocrystals for Applications in Small-Scale Robotics', Adv Funct Mater, 32, 13, 2107421.

- Yin Y, Chen H, Lin P, Yu W, Cao X, Sheng X & Puigmartí-Luis J 2022, ‘Flexible fluorescent metal-organic frameworks towards highly stable optical fibers and biocompatible cell platforms’, Science China Materials, pp 1-11.

Selected research activities

-8 invited oral presentations during 2022
-1 front covers
-Member of 3 PhD evaluation committees
-PI Management of a HORIZON-EIC-2021-PATHFINDEROPEN project
-Management of a H2020 FET Proactive, SPRINT FET Open, and ERC Starting Grant projects
-PI of MINECO research grant (2021-2024)
-Supervised 3 TFG undergraduate students