Staff directory Vincent Guillerm

Vincent Guillerm

Postdoctoral Researcher
Beatriu de Pinós (Modalitat B)
Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials



  • Postsynthetic Selective Ligand Cleavage by Solid-Gas Phase Ozonolysis Fuses Micropores into Mesopores in Metal-Organic Frameworks

    Guillerm V., Xu H., Albalad J., Imaz I., Maspoch D. Journal of the American Chemical Society; 140 (44): 15022 - 15030. 2018. 10.1021/jacs.8b09682. IF: 14.357

    Herein we report a novel, ozone-based method for postsynthetic generation of mesoporosity in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). By carefully selecting mixed-ligand Zr-fcu-MOFs based on organic ligand pairs in which one ligand has ozone-cleavable olefin bonds and the other ligand is ozone-resistant, we were able to selectively break the cleavable ligand via ozonolysis to trigger fusion of micropores into mesopores within the MOF framework. This solid-gas phase method is performed at room-temperature, and, depending on the cleavable ligand used, the resultant ligand-fragments can be removed from the ozonated MOF by either washing or sublimation. Compared to the corresponding highly microporous starting MOFs, the highly mesoporous product MOFs exhibit radically distinct gas sorption properties. © 2018 American Chemical Society.

  • Squaramide-IRMOF-16 Analogue for Catalysis of Solvent-Free, Epoxide Ring-Opening Tandem and Multicomponent Reactions

    Vignatti C., Luis-Barrera J., Guillerm V., Imaz I., Mas-Ballesté R., Alemán J., Maspoch D. ChemCatChem; 10 (18): 3995 - 3998. 2018. 10.1002/cctc.201801127. IF: 4.674

    Tandem and multicomponent one-pot reactions are highly attractive because they enable synthesis of target molecules in a single reaction vessel. However, they are difficult to control, as they can lead to the formation of many undesired side-products. Herein we report the use of metal-organic framework (MOF) pores decorated with organocatalytic squaramide moieties to confine ring-opening epoxide reactions of diverse substrates. Controlled mono-addition or tandem reactions inside the pores yield 1,2-aminoalcohols or 1,2,2′-aminodialcohols, respectively, in good yields. In addition, this squaramide-functionalised MOF enables catalysis of higher-complexity multicomponent reactions such as the catalytic ring-opening of two different epoxides by a single amine to afford 1,2,2′-aminodialcohols. © 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

  • Zigzag Ligands for Transversal Design in Reticular Chemistry: Unveiling New Structural Opportunities for Metal-Organic Frameworks

    Guillerm V., Grancha T., Imaz I., Juanhuix J., Maspoch D. Journal of the American Chemical Society; 140 (32): 10153 - 10157. 2018. 10.1021/jacs.8b07050. IF: 14.357

    Herein we describe the topological influence of zigzag ligands in the assembly of Zr(IV) metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Through a transversal design strategy using reticular chemistry, we were able to synthesize a family of isoreticular Zr(IV)-based MOFs exhibiting the bcu - rather than the fcu - topology. Our findings underscore the value of the transversal parameter in organic ligands for dictating MOF architectures. © 2018 American Chemical Society.


  • Confining Functional Nanoparticles into Colloidal Imine-Based COF Spheres by a Sequential Encapsulation–Crystallization Method

    Rodríguez-San-Miguel D., Yazdi A., Guillerm V., Pérez-Carvajal J., Puntes V., Maspoch D., Zamora F. Chemistry - A European Journal; 23 (36): 8623 - 8627. 2017. 10.1002/chem.201702072. IF: 5.317

    Here, a two-step method is reported that enables imparting new functionalities to covalent organic frameworks (COFs) by nanoparticle confinement. The direct reaction between 1,3,5-tris(4-aminophenyl)benzene and 1,3,5-benzenetricarbaldehyde in the presence of a variety of metallic/metal-oxide nanoparticles resulted in embedding of the nanoparticles in amorphous and non-porous imine-linked polymer organic spheres (NP@a-1). Post-treatment reactions of NP@a-1 with acetic acid under reflux led to crystalline and porous imine-based COF-hybrid spheres (NP@c-1). Interestingly, Au@c-1 and Pd@c-1 were found to be catalytically active. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

  • Continuous One-Step Synthesis of Porous M-XF6-Based Metal-Organic and Hydrogen-Bonded Frameworks

    Guillerm V., Garzón-Tovar L., Yazdi A., Imaz I., Juanhuix J., Maspoch D. Chemistry - A European Journal; 23 (28): 6829 - 6835. 2017. 10.1002/chem.201605507. IF: 5.317

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) built up from connecting M-XF6 pillars through N-donor ligands are among the most attractive adsorbents and separating agents for CO2 and hydrocarbons today. The continuous, one-step spray-drying synthesis of several members of this isoreticular MOF family varying the anionic pillar (XF6=[SiF6]2− and [TiF6]2−), the N-donor organic ligand (pyrazine and 4,4′-bipyridine) and the metal ion (M=Co, Cu and Zn) is demonstrated here. This synthetic method allows them to be obtained in the form of spherical superstructures assembled from nanosized crystals. As confirmed by CO2 and N2 sorption studies, most of the M-XF6-based MOFs synthesised through spray-drying can be considered “ready-to-use” sorbents as they do not need additional purification and time consuming solvent exchange steps to show comparable porosity and sorption properties with the bulk/single-crystal analogues. Stability tests of nanosized M-SiF6-based MOFs confirm their low stability in most solvents, including water and DMF, highlighting the importance of protecting them once synthesised. Finally, for the first time it was shown that the spray-drying method can also be used to assemble hydrogen-bonded open networks, as evidenced by the synthesis of MPM-1-TIFSIX. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • Influence of the Amide Groups in the CO2/N2 Selectivity of a Series of Isoreticular, Interpenetrated Metal-Organic Frameworks

    Safarifard V., Rodríguez-Hermida S., Guillerm V., Imaz I., Bigdeli M., Tehrani A.A., Juanhuix J., Morsali A., Casco M.E., Silvestre-Albero J., Ramos-Fernandez E.V., Maspoch D. Crystal Growth and Design; 16 (10): 6016 - 6023. 2016. 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b01054. IF: 4.425

    Here we report the use of a pillaring strategy for the design and synthesis of three novel amide-functionalized metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), TMUs-22/-23/-24, isoreticular to the recently reported imine-functionalized TMU-6 and TMU-21 MOFs. An extensive study of their CO2 sorption properties and selectivity for CO2 over N2, from single gas sorption isotherms to breakthrough measurements, revealed that not only the incorporation of amide groups but also their accessibility is crucial to obtain enhanced CO2 sorption and CO2/N2 selectivity. Therefore, the MOF with more accessible amide groups (TMU-24) shows a CO2/N2 selectivity value of ca. 10 (as revealed by breakthrough experiments), which is ca. 500% and 700% of the selectivity values observed for the other amide-containing (TMU-22 and TMU-23) and imine-containing (TMU-6 and TMU-21) MOFs. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  • Switchable Surface Hydrophobicity–Hydrophilicity of a Metal–Organic Framework

    Rodríguez-Hermida S., Tsang M.Y., Vignatti C., Stylianou K.C., Guillerm V., Pérez-Carvajal J., Teixidor F., Viñas C., Choquesillo-Lazarte D., Verdugo-Escamilla C., Peral I., Juanhuix J., Verdaguer A., Imaz I., Maspoch D., Giner Planas J. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition; 55 (52): 16049 - 16053. 2016. 10.1002/anie.201609295. IF: 11.709

    Materials with surfaces that can be switched from high/superhydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity are useful for myriad applications. Herein, we report a metal–organic framework (MOF) assembled from ZnIIions, 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate, and a hydrophobic carborane-based linker. The MOF crystal-surface can be switched between hydrophobic and superhydrophilic through a chemical treatment to remove some of the building blocks. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • 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; 54 (48): 14417 - 14421. 2015. 10.1002/anie.201507588. IF: 11.261

    Controlling the shape of metal-organic framework (MOF) crystals is important for understanding their crystallization and useful for myriad applications. However, despite the many advances in shaping of inorganic nanoparticles, post-synthetic shape control of MOFs and, in general, molecular crystals remains embryonic. Herein, we report using a simple wet-chemistry process at room temperature to control the anisotropic etching of colloidal ZIF-8 and ZIF-67 crystals. Our work enables uniform reshaping of these porous materials into unprecedented morphologies, including cubic and tetrahedral crystals, and even hollow boxes, by an acid-base reaction and subsequent sequestration of leached metal ions. Etching tests on these ZIFs reveal that etching occurs preferentially in the crystallographic directions richer in metal-ligand bonds; that, along these directions, the etching rate tends to be faster on the crystal surfaces of higher dimensionality; and that the etching can be modulated by adjusting the pH of the etchant solution. © 2015 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.