Guillermo Mínguez, Princess of Girona Foundation Scientific Research Award ex aequo

Recognised for his work designing hybrid molecular sieves that allow tailored nanostructured materials to be synthesised. The jury highlighted the impact of his work on magnetic metallic organic frameworks (MOF), from his fundamental study to its application in sensors and catalysis. The new porous materials developed will have a huge impact in fields such as the environment and energy.

Guillermo Mínguez Espallargas (1981) graduated in Chemistry from the University of Seville and holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom). He is currently a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Institute of Molecular Science at the University of Valencia where he is leading four research projects. Dr. Mínguez Espallargas’ research focuses on developing new porous materials that are conceptually different to those that currently exist, with the aim of allowing the highly selective storage of certain gases, which can therefore be applied to the separation of gases. Harnessing magnetic properties allows the incorporation of these gas molecules to be detected, thereby developing sensors. These achievements could have a profoundly positive impact in areas such as the environment and energy generation.

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