At the Switchable NanoMaterials group (SNM) we are mainly focused on the development of metal-based coordination complexes at the macro- and nanoscopic scale for their technological application in the fields of quantum computing, spintronic and sensing devices. Besides, we are interested in developing novel dynamic molecules sticker by soft interactions capable to act as porous materials for energy storage. Our multidisciplinary approach is based on three major themes:
1) Iron-based Spin Crossover (SCO) Switchable coordination complexes: The SCO phenomena remain one of the most spectacular forms of a switchable material (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crci.2018.04.004). At the SNM we apply these materials for sensing in a selective manner gasses and small volatile organic compounds (VOCs) sensors.
2) Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks, MOFs: MOFs are extended molecular materials formed by metal ions bridged by ligands, thus creating voids to absorb guest molecules. We are interested on increasing the selectivity of the MOF through tuning the shape and size of the pores and/or through the inclusion of specific receptors (Chem. Commun., 2018, 10.1039/C8CC01561A).
3) Non-porous architectures acting as porous compounds: In contrast to MOFs, while 1D and 0D discrete compounds are non-porous by nature, in some cases they can behave as porous materials and absorb guest molecules as we have recently shown for a fullerene molecular-based structure (ACIE, 2019, 131, 8, 2332-2337, https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201812419). Besides, some of us have demonstrated the potential use of low dimension materials constructed using SCO as metal centres (JACS, 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ja411595y10.1021/ja411595y). This remarkable result led us to consider the great potential that these structures have for the development of advanced sensors.