Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials

Group Leader: Daniel Maspoch

Main Research Lines

  • Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent-organic frameworks (COFs) and metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs)

  • Functional delivery systems

Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials group

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

ICREA Prof Daniel Maspoch, leader of the ICN2 Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group

Daniel Maspoch

ICREA Research Professor

Dr Daniel Maspoch is a chemist who has always maintained a rewarding balance between fundamental and applied research, making pioneering contributions to the fields of porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent-organic frameworks (COFs), metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs) and delivery systems. His scientific career began with a degree in chemistry from the Universitat de Girona, followed by a PhD in Materials Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona. He then spent two years at the Northwestern University (Illinois, US) as a postdoctoral fellow in the group led by Prof. Chad A. Mirkin. He has been an ICREA research professor and group leader at the ICN2 since September 2011.

In 2021, Prof. Maspoch got the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant. In addition, he was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2014, and an ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant in 2019. He received the Marcial Moreno Mas Lectureship Award in 2015 and the Research Excellence Award from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry in 2020. He has authored 176 papers and six book chapters.

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