ICMol researcher awarded prestigious ERC Starting Grant

By 18 octubre, 2016Chemistry, Other

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant worth 1.6 million euros to scientist Carlos Martí-Gastaldo, a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the University of Valencia’s Institute of Molecular Science (UV, ICMol). Specifically, the grant will support the development of new advanced porous materials for use in environmental applications, such as solar energy conversion, or in the design of a new generation of electronic devices that combine porosity with electrical response.

New advanced porous materials must overcome two problems in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): their low chemical stability and their insulating nature. Martí-Gastaldo’s project Chemical Engineering of Functional Stable Metal-Organic Frameworks: Porous crystals and Thin-fim Devices (Chem-fs-MOF) aims to do just this.

Carlos Martí-Gastaldo_ERC Starting Grant awardeeCarlos Martí-Gastaldo is a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Institute of Molecular Science of the University of Valencia. He pursues a multidisciplinary line of research that straddles different fields of chemistry and materials science, focusing mainly on the development of porous materials. Most significantly, he has worked on the design of multi-functional hybrid materials and of metal-organic frameworks based on peptides. He has authored sixty articles in international journals, thirty of which have been published in the past five years.

He graduated in Chemical Sciences from the Univeristy of Valencia, going on to complete his PhD with distinction in 2009 at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol), under the supervision of Prof. Eugenio Coronado and Prof. J. R. Galán Mascarós. In 2010 he was awarded a Marie Curie grant and transfered to the Univeristy of Liverpool to work alongside Prof. Matthew J. Rosseinsky. During this period he worked on the development of biomimetic porous materials. His independent research career began in 2013 after receiving a University Research Fellowship from the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2014 he moved back to Spain as a returning Ramón y Cajal researcher, joining ICMol to develop stable MOFs for application in photocatalysis, ionic transport and optoelectronic applications.

This Starting Grant, the European Commission’s funding instrument to promote excellent science among researchers with up to seven years research experience following completion of their PhD, is the latest of many awards recognising Marí-Gastaldo’s achievements thus far. He was also awarded the NanoMatMol Prize for best PhD thesis, Suschem Postdoc award recognising excellence and innovation in young scientists, the Algemesí City Technical-Scientific Award and the Young Researchers Award from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He currently features in the Essential Science Indicators ranking based on journal article publication counts and citation data from Web of Science.

Source: Universitat de Valencia