Group of Organic Molecular Materials (MMO)

Faculty of Chemical Science

The interdisciplinary research group of Organic Molecular Materials lead by Prof. Nazario Martín is currently constituted by another full-professor, seven associate professors, a teaching assistant, four postdoctoral researchers and seven PhD students. The group is a highly productive research team, which in the period 2015-2019, has published 100 articles in high impact journals, defended 14 PhD Thesis, organized 6 scientific meetings or workshops, and attended many national and international meetings. The group has received continuous funding in national, regional and international projects. The research interests of the group span a range of targets mainly focused in the study of Carbon Nanostructures (fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, nanographenes, carbon nanodots) as materials for the preparation of photo- bio- and electroactive organic systems. In particular, the covalent and supramolecular chemistry of carbon nanoforms in the context of chirality and asymmetric catalysis, electron transfer processes, photovoltaic applications (organic and perovskite solar cells), supramolecular functional assemblies and nanoscience. Research in our group also involves the study of carbon nanostructures for bio-medical applications, and the study of “on-surface” synthesis. The different scientific topics developed in our research group are at the forefront of science and could have a strong technological and socio-economic impact in our Society.

The group has three 3 fully equipped laboratories of modern organic synthesis (2 at UCM, 1 at IMDEA-Nanoscience). A wide range of core facilities provided by the Department of Organic Chemistry (https://www.ucm.es/quimica-organica-1/grupos-de-investigacion-1), the UCM Research Support Centres (https://www.ucm.es/cai), the Electronic Microscopy Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (https://cnme.es/) and IMDEA-Nanoscience (http://www.nanociencia.imdea.org/services/redlab). In particular, we have access to modern microscopic techniques (TEM, SEM, AFM), tools for the structural and (photo)physical characterization of molecules (UV-VIS-NIR, Circular Dichroism (CD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), fluorescence, Raman, IR spectrophotometry, NMR and MS spectrometry), or specific instrumentation for nanomaterials characterization (DLS, XRD, TGA).

We would be happy to sponsor top-quality postdoctoral fellows and their research proposals in the following research lines:
1. Chiral allotropes of carbon: Asymmetric catalysis on carbon nanostructures. Photocatalysis with carbon nanostructures. Synthesis of chiral carbon nanostructures.
2. Nanographenes: Bottom-up synthesis of molecular nanographenes and carbon nanoparticles. Top-down synthesis of Graphene Quantum Dots (GQDs) and Carbon Nano Dots (CNDs). “On-surface” synthesis of molecular and polymeric nanographenes.
3. Supramolecular chemistry of carbon nanostructures. Self-Assembly with photo, electro- and/or bio-active systems
4. Carbon nanostructures as biomolecules and for bio-medical applications.
5. Photovoltaics: Perovskite Solar Cells (PSCs): Synthesis of new materials and devices.