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Monday, 16 January 2023

Prof. Daniel Maspoch appointed new Corresponding Academician of the Royal Spanish Academy of Science

by Virginia Greco

Prof. Maspoch, ICREA professor and group leader at the ICN2, has made important contributions in material sciences and nanotechnology.

The Royal Spanish Academy of Science (RAC) has elected ICREA Prof. Daniel Maspoch as the new Corresponding Academician of for the Physical and Chemical Sciences Section, in the specialty of Materials Science. The session was held on 20 December 2022.

Daniel Maspoch is ICREA research professor and leads the Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). Throughout his career in the area of materials sciences and nanotechnology he has made high-level scientific contributions, combining basic research with the transfer of novel materials designed and developed in his laboratory to industry and society. Prof. Maspoch is one of the founders of the spin-off Ahead Therapeutics, dedicated to the development of immunotherapies based on delivery materials for autoimmune diseases.

He has recently been assigned an ERC Advanced Grant and an ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant. He has also received, among other recognitions, the Award for Research Excellence from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. His recent work includes the discovery and development of clip-off chemistry, the synthesis of porous photonic crystals and self-folding materials, and the use of MOPs as "molecular" nanoparticles. This has led to her obtaining five licensed patents.

Since its foundation in 1847, the Royal Spanish Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences has the mission of promoting the study and research of Mathematical, Physical, Chemical, Geological and Biological Sciences, and their applications, as well as to spread knowledge of them. Among its main functions is advising the Government on matters within its competence.