The Molecular Nanotechnology Lab is a multidisciplinary
research centre located at the University of Alicante. Our research focuses on the development
of new energy technologies, through the construction of nanomaterials from their molecular components.
By using molecular building blocks designed to self-recognize and self-organize in complex
architectures, we are able to produce advanced materials for a wide range of energy applications.
From the tuning of the electronic properties of semiconductor nanoparticles to the incorporation
of mesoporosity into zeolites, our nanostructured materials are showing outstanding performance
in catalysis, photovoltaics, and hydrogen production. We are especially interested in
bottom-up techniques for the construction of novel nanomaterials designed from their
molecular components, self-organization processes, hierarchical porous architectures and controlling
the electronic properties of nanoparticles. Many different synthetic strategies are used
here at the Molecular Nanotechnology Lab, to produce novel nanomaterials for the energy
industry, ranging from molecular templates, sol-gel coordination chemistry and hydrothermal
synthesis to methods such as nanocasting and chemical grafting.
Our materials are characterised using a host of states of the world techniques, before
being tested under appropriate conditions to meet industry-standard requirements. We
invite you to explore our website, learn more about our research and publications and contact
us if you have any questions, or a specific interest in any of the areas in which we work.
Thank you for your time and welcome to the Molecular Nanotechnology Lab.