Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group

Group Leader: Daniel Maspoch

Main Research Lines

  • Nanoporous metal-organic frameworks and related nanoparticles
  • Micro- and nano-encapsulation technologies towards the design of new multifunctional nanocarriers

The NANOUP group research interests are focused on controlling the supramolecular assembly of molecules, biomolecules, metal ions and nanoscale building blocks at the nanometre scale for the design of novel functional architectures and devices. The use of supramolecular chemistry to control the fabrication of new nanomaterials is a key aspect for the future of nanoscience and nanotechnology. We use the supramolecular chemistry as the underlying approach for exploring new complex supramolecular assemblies and bioinspired architectures (mainly, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and vesicles) with unprecedented structures, with interesting physical and biological properties and applications (in close collaboration with several private companies) in diverse areas, including micro- and nanoencapsulation, drug-delivery systems, contrast agents and the development of novel sensors and magnetic platforms.

Group Leader

Daniel Maspoch

ICREA Prof Daniel Maspoch

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.

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Highlighted Publication

Post-Synthetic Anisotropic Wet-Chemical Etching of Colloidal Sodalite ZIF Crystals
Avci C., Ariñez-Soriano J., Carné-Sánchez A., Guillerm V., Carbonell C., Imaz I., Maspoch D. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition (2015)

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