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Prof. Dr. Nazario Martín León

PhD: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Previous Position: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Double Affiliation: Universidad Complutense de Madrid. España
Research: Nanocarbons and Organic Photovoltaics
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5355-1477
Researcher ID: B-4329-2008
Joining Date: February, 2007
User Name: nazario.martin
Telephone: +34 91 299 88 93
Martín León

Nazario Martín is full professor of Organic Chemistry at the University Complutense of Madrid and vice-director of IMDEA Nanociencia. Dr. H.C. by La Havana University (Cuba) and Castilla La Mancha University (Spain), Professor Martín has published over 550 papers in peer reviewed journals, given over 400 lectures in scientific meetings and research institutions, and supervised 39 theses (Ih = 70). He has co-edited seven books related with carbon nanostructures and he has been invited as guest editor for twelve special issues in well-known international journals. 

Professor Martín has been visiting professor at UCSB and UCLA (California, USA) and Angers and Strasbourg (France) universities. He has served as a member of the Editorial Board of Chemical Communications, and as General Editor of the Spanish journal Anales de Química (2000-2005). He has been a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Materials Chemistry (2000-2006) and ChemSusChem and currently, he is a member of the Board of The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Accounts of Chemical Research (ACS), ChemPlusChem, and Chemistry-an Asian Journal (Wiley-VCH), Scientific Reports (Nature Publishers) and a member of the International Advisory Board of Chemical Society Reviews and Chemical Communications (RSC). Recently he became the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Materials Chemistry (A, B and C). He is a member of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain (2006) and the Academy of Sciences of Spain (RAC) (2015), as well as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2006-2012 he has been the President of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been the recipient of the “Dupont Prize of Science” in 2007 and of the “Gold Medal and Research Award” in 2012, the highest distinction given by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been appointed with the Spanish national “Jaime I Award for basic research” 2012 (received from her Majesty, The Queen), and the recipient of the “Alexander von Humboldt Award” (Germany) and “Richard E. Smalley Research Award” (USA) in 2013. He has been distinguished with the “EuCheMS Lecture Award” in 2012. He has received the Catalán-Sabatier award from the French Chemical Society in 2014, the Elhuyar-Goldsmith award from the German Chemical Society (DGCh) in 2016, and the prestigious “Miguel Catalán” award from the Madrid Community in 2015.

He has been appointed as the President of the Confederation of Scientific Societies of Spain (COSCE) in 2015. In 2012 he received the “Advanced Grant” of the European Research Council (ERC) entitled “Chriallcarbon”.


Research Lines

The research interests at the Prof. Martín’s group span a range of targets with emphasis on the molecular and supramolecular chemistry of carbon nanostructures such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene, p-conjugated systems as molecular wires and electroactive molecules, in the context of electron transfer processes, photovoltaic applications and nanoscience. In particular, the group is currently engaged in:

  1. Design and synthesis of new hole transporting materials for high efficient perovskites solar cells. We have incorporated our new derivatives into photovoltaic devices based on perovskites displaying effi- ciencies as remarkable as 18.2 % (Chem. Commun 2015 and ACIE 2016).
  2. Electron transporting materials for perovskites solar cells. We have a very extensive experience in the preparation of new fullerenes derivatives. Taking advantage of this experience we want to use these new derivatives as electroactive materials for perovskites solar cells (Adv. Funct. Mater. 2005, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2010, J. Mater. Chem. 2011).
  3. Device fabrication. We are also interested into devices preparation and characterization of both organic and hybrid devices.
  4. Organic Photovoltaics. We are interested in designing new electroactive materials for bulk-heterojunction solar cells.

Relevant publications

  • A. Sánchez-Grande, B. de la Torre, J. Santos, B. Cirera, K. Lauwaet, T. Chutora, S. Edalatmanesh, P. Mutombo, J. Rosen, R. Zbořil, R. Miranda, J. Björk, P. Jelínek, N. Martín, D. Écija, "On-surface synthesis of ethynylene bridged anthracene polymers", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2019), DOI: 10.1002/anie.201814154
  • E. Fernández-Bartolome, J. Santos, A. Gamonal, S. Khodabakhshi, L. J. McCormick, S. J. Teat, E. C. Sañudo, J. Sánchez Costa, N. Martín, “A Three-Dimensional Dynamic Supramolecular “Sticky Fingers” Organic Framework”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2019), 58, 2310-2315 DOI: 10.1002/anie.201812419
  • I. García-Benito, I. Zimmermann, J. Urieta-Mora, J. Aragó, J. Calbo, J. Perles, A. Serrano, A. Molina-Ontoria, E. Ortí, N. Martín, M. K. Nazeeruddin."Heteroatom Effect on Star-shaped Hole-Transporting Materials for Perovskite Solar Cells" Adv. Funct. Mater. (2018) 1801734. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201801734
  • R. Sandoval-Torrientes, I. Zimmermann, J. Calbo, J. Aragó, J. Santos, E. Ortí, N. Martín, M. K. Nazeeruddin, “Influence of the Hole-Transporting Material’s Aromatic Core in Power Conversion Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells”, J. Mater. Chem. A (2018), 6, 5944–5951. DOI: 10.1039/C7TA11314E
  • N. Martín "Carbon Nanoforms for Photovoltaics: Myth or Reality?" Advanced Energy Materials (2017), 7, 1601102. DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201601102
  • L, Moreira J. Calbo, J. Aragó, B, M. Illescas, I. Nierengarten, B. Delavaux-Nicot, E. Ortí, N. Martín, J.F. Nierengarten "Conjugated Porphyrin Dimers: Cooperative Effects and Electronic Communication in Supramolecular Ensembles with C60" Cover J. Am. Chem. Soc (2016) 138, 15359–15367. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b07250
  • J. Marco-Martínez, S. Reboredo, M. Izquierdo, V. Marcos, J. L. López, S. Filippone, N. Martín "Enantioselective Cycloaddition of Münchnones onto [60] Fullerene: Organocatalysis versus Metal Catalysis" J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2014), 136, 2897-2904. 
  • J. Vergara, J. Barberá, J.L. Serrano, M.B. Ros, N. Sebastián, R. de la Fuente, D. O. López, G. Fernández, L. Sánchez, N. Martín "Liquid-Crystalline Hybrid Materials Based on [60] Fullerene and Bent-Core Structures" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2011) 50, 12523-12528.
  • R. Otero, J. M.Gallego, A. L. Vázquez de Parga, N. Martín, R. Miranda "Molecular Self-Assembly at Solid Surfaces" Adv. Mater. (2011) 23, 5148-5176.