Giner Planas


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Department: Molecular and Supramolecular Materials


I obtained my PhD from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in 2000 for research into the carbon-oxygen/sulfur bond activation by low valent transition metal complexes, carried out with Prof. S. Komiya. Then I moved to the Universite Pierre et Marie Courie with Prof. E. Rose as a postdoctoral researcher to work on organometallic complexes for NLO properties. Later I was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship (2001) to work with Prof. J. A. Gladysz in Erlangen (Germany) in an organometallic and catalysis project. Then I moved to Bellaterra with Prof. F. Teixidor at LMI (ICMAB) as a postdoctoral fellow (I3P program, 2003-2006). I obtained a tenure track position (Ramón y Cajal Program) in 2007 and a permanent tenure scientific position in 2008 in the same research group.


Research interest

My research focuses on the synthesis, characterization and application of inorganic (boron based) and inorganic-organic hybrid solids. My focus for several years has been on the development of new carborane based ligands or linkers for preparing a variety of molecular, supramolecular and polymeric materials. The following are the main areas of interest in this research:

1. New concepts in Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Chemistry.

2. Multiffunctional Molecular Materials.

3. Crystal Engineering.



University Degrees:

1993 Licenciate in Chemistry, Universidad de Murcia (Spain).


2000 PhD in Chemistry, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Japan).

Most significative academic merits:

Monbusho Doctoral Fellowship, Japan, 1996.

Postdoctoral Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany, 2002.

Scientific Highlights:

A Highly Water-Stable meta-Carborane-Based Copper Metal–Organic Framework for Efficient High-Temperature Butanol Separation.

Gan, L.; Chidambaram, A.; Fonquernie, P. G.; Light, M. E.; Choquesillo-Lazarte, D.; Huang, H.; Solano, E.; Fraile, J.; Viñas, C.; Teixidor, F.; Navarro, J. A. R.; Stylianou, K. C.; Planas, J. G. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020.

Carborane Bis-Pyridylalcohols as Linkers for Coordination Polymers: Synthesis, Crystal Structures, and Guest-Framework Dependent Mechanical Properties. 

Tsang, M. Y.; Rodríguez-Hermida, S.; Stylianou, K. C.; Tan, F.; Negi, D.; Teixidor, F.; Viñas, C.; Choquesillo-Lazarte, D.; Verdugo-Escamilla, C.; Guerrero, M.; Sort, J.; Juanhuix, J.; Maspoch, D.; Giner Planas, J. Cryst. Growth Des. 201717 (2), 846–857.

Switchable Surface Hydrophobicity-Hydrophilicity of a Metal-Organic Framework.

Rodríguez-Hermida, S.; Tsang, M. Y.; Vignatti, C.; C. Stylianou, K.; Guillerm, V.; Pérez-Carvajal, J.; Teixidor, F.; Viñas, C.; Choquesillo-Lazarte, D.; Verdugo Escamilla, C.; Peral, I.; Juanhuix, J.; Verdaguer, A.; Imaz, I.; Maspoch, D.; Planas, J. G. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201609295R201609291.

N,O-Type Carborane-Based Materials.

Planas, J. G.; Teixidor, F.; Viñas, C., Crystals 2016, 6 (5).


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