Welcome to the 2DChem group website

Two-Dimensional Materials Chemistry Lab is a cross-disciplinary research group led by Dr. Gonzalo Abellán and focused on the study of two-dimensional (2D) materials combining both inorganic and organic chemistry with materials science. We are part of the Research Team on Molecular Materials at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol, University of Valencia, Spain). Furthermore, some members of our group are located at the Joint Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP), which belongs to the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany).

Our group works in three main research lines: 2D pnictogens (group of P, As, Sb and Bi), layered hydroxides, and carbon nanoforms and related hybrid materials. Along with the synthesis and exhaustive characterization of our materials, we aim to explore their novel applications in the fields of energy storage and conversion, catalysis, electronics or magnetism, among others.

We have close links with other recognized scientific groups, in both national and international institutions, e.g. University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), ITQ-CSIC (Spain), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), IMDEA Nanociencia (Spain), University of Vienna (Austria), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), University of Strasbourg (France), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), The University of Texas at El Paso (USA), and ETH Zurich (Switzerland).

2DMatch: A new spin-off of the University of Valencia and ICMol will manufacture catalysts for the production of green hydrogen at low cost
The University of Valencia has recognised the chemical company 2DMatch as a spin-off, promoted by researchers from the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol). Funded by the University itself and by private capital, the company will develop and market catalysts for the production of green hydrogen at low cost, from abundant and easily available materials, in line with the strategic objectives of the European Union.

The rector of the University of Valencia, Maria Vicenta Mestre, and the partners of 2DMatch have signed this Wednesday, May 11, the patent license contract and the spin-off support and recognition agreement of the new chemical company, which will have its headquarters in the Parc Científic of the academic institution.

“The University is very pleased to participate in business projects such as 2DMatch, which is committed to clean and renewable energy, and to manufacturing processes that are friendly to the environment and sustainability”, said the rector during the act. Master. “It could not be less coming from an excellence research centre such as the ICMol, which right now has several ERCs underway for the chemical design of advanced materials and, with this, there are already two spin-offs that it generates in this field”, she said.

2DMatch was born as a company dedicated to the development and optimisation of two-dimensional materials for applications in the field of energy and, in particular, to obtain green hydrogen from renewable energies, a clean and sustainable alternative based on electrocatalytic techniques, in line with the main objectives of the European Green Deal.

The new spin-off will bring to the market materials for the electrocatalysis of water and the obtaining of renewable hydrogen. Their particularity lies in the fact that they are materials based on abundant and non-geostrategic metals, such as nickel or iron, whose high availability significantly reduces production costs. These, in addition, will be manufactured through an innovative chemical process that allows mass production also at low cost.

2DMatch will bring to the market electrocatalysts made from nickel and iron, whose viability has been widely documented by the scientific literature, but which have not been available so far on the market. "The leap from scientific papers to industry will be possible thanks to a simplified method of synthesis with the aim of improving the production of green hydrogen from solar or wind energy," says Gonzalo Abellán, distinguished researcher of the Gen-T plan of the regional Governement of Valencia and promoter of the initiative together with the director of ICMol and full professor at the University of Valencia, Eugenio Coronado.

In addition to the researchers Coronado and Abellán, the professor of Chemistry-Physics at the University of Cartagena Toribio Fernández Otero, founder of CIDETEC, a private foundation for the transfer of electrochemical technologies, will be part of the company's scientific team; Jorge Romero, researcher in the area of electrochemistry at ICMol and Alvaro Seijas, student of the center itself. They have been joined by financial expert José Rubio and administrator María Pilar Pérez.

"Our business plan and our compounds are perfectly aligned with what the European Commission is looking for, which is to start replacing conventional electrolyzers with a technology that works with abundant and available elements. That's why it's something disruptive," Abellán adds.

Abellán has spent most of his scientific career dedicated to research in this type of materials, also during his postdoctoral stay at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he created his own research group in two-dimensional materials. But already in 2018 it had the first indications that they could be able to generate these materials in kilos in a scaling laboratory funded by the Valencian Innovation Agency.

The company will also offer customised electrode manufacturing services for electrolysers and batteries, synthesis of two-dimensional materials with transition metals, and consulting, among others.

The University of Valencia currently has 18 recognised spin-offs related to the engineering and technology, life sciences, chemical industry and social sciences and humanities sectors, in line with the diversity of a generalist university.
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Through a great international team collaboration leaded by Dr. Gonzalo Abellan, Dr. M. Eugenia Pérez-Ojeda, Prof Andreas Hirsch and prof. Luis Echegoyen, our team published on the Journal of the American Chemical Society a very innovative study about carbon nano-onions intercalation with potassium. The article was awarded with the front cover of the current edition of JACS
You can find the article here
New paper published in Advanced Materials Interfaces
In this work we study the noncovalent functionalization of black phosphorus (BP) with tailor made perylene diimides (PDI). By combining both experimental and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we have designed and fully characterized the organic-inorganic BP-PDI hybrids. The resulting materials depict a denser packing of the PDI molecules on the BP surface, giving rise to an outstanding environmental protection of the BP thanks to the role of the PDI as a passivation layer. This phenomenon leads to an enhancement of both ambient and thermal stabilities in the light of XPS, Raman spectroscopy and TG-MS analysis. Finally, we have studied for the first time field effect transistors (FETs) based on these hybrid materials, leading to an improvement in the electron mobilities thanks to the protecting role of the PDI. In summary, this work points towards the noncovalent functionalization with PDI molecules as a promising approach in the development of stable electronic devices based on 2D-pnictogens. You can find the article here
New article published in Angewandte Chemie
Quantifying the Covalent Functionalization of Black Phosphorus. In this paper, we propose a straightforward method to quantify the overall functionalization degree of covalently modified 2D black phosphorus. This methodology relies on the use of Raman spectroscopy to correlate the Raman modes originated from the covalent grafting with the quantitatively determined functionalization degree calculated by 31P MAS solid state NMR spectroscopy. Since Raman spectroscopy is one of the most powerful characterization tools in materials chemistry, as evidenced by graphene research, these results will foster the progression in the field of 2D BP research. Especially for the quick evaluation of alternative functionalization protocols the presented correlation method could be of great use to determine the efficiency of the chosen reaction pathway. You can find the article here
Researcher Rebeca Martínez wins a Juan de la Cierva Grant and will join the ICMol team

The researcher Rebeca Martínez Haya will soon join the Institute of Molecular Science (ICmol)of the University of Valencia after having obtained a grant from the Juan de la Cierva programme to attract talent through contracts for young researchers that favour their professional career and reinforce the teams they will join for a period of 3 years.

The Juan de la Cierva programme will allow her to develop her research project on the characterisation of nanomaterials with photochemical and photophysical activity. Martínez will develop her work under the supervision of Gonzalo Abellán, distinguished researcher of the GenT Plan of the Generalitat Valenciana and leader of the 2D-Chem project. This project is part of the large Research Team on Molecular Materials led by Eugenio Coronado, Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Valencia and director of ICMol.

Rebeca Martínez Haya studied Chemical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de València and, after completing her Master's degree in Experimental and Industrial Organic Chemistry, she began her PhD at the Institute of Chemical Technology (UPV-CSIC) under the supervision of professors Miguel Ángel Miranda and María Luisa Marín.

Her thesis focused on the mechanistic study of photocatalytic processes based on photoinduced electron transfer using time-resolved techniques. During this stage she made two stays, one as an engineering student of the Erasmus programme for her Final Project at the Department of Macromolecular Physics of the Karlova University (Czech Republic) and another as a pre-doctoral student with Professor König at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Regensburg (Germany), under the framework of the German DAAD programme.

In 2017 Rebeca was one of two predoctoral students selected for the "Ford - Sponsor Science" contracts. In 2018 she completed her doctoral studies and in the same year she also completed her Master's degree in Teaching for Secondary School Teachers. In 2020 she was awarded "ex aequo" with the prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Photochemistry awarded by the Photochemistry Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2021 she was awarded the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize of the UPV.

She is currently the beneficiary of a postdoctoral grant funded by the Generalitat Valenciana under the APOSTD programme to develop a collaborative project between the UPV and the Complutense University of Madrid. The Juan de la Cierva grant is awarded on a competitive basis by the Spanish Research Agency of the Ministry of Science. It is endowed with 30,500 euros per year and an additional grant of 6,300 euros to cover expenses related to the execution of research activities.

María Simón (Granada, Spain), join the 2D chem as the first industrial PhD student of the research group. She graduated in Mining and Energy Resources Engineering with a Master in Efficiency and Sustainability and a Master in Fine Chemistry from the University of Córdoba. María works at the R&D department of Graphenano company. She will combine her experience in lithium battery scale-up with the group's experience in nanomaterials for the development of novel efficient energy storage systems.
Pau Congost i Escoin (Castelló, Spain), graduated in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences with a master’s degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from the Universitat de València (UV) joins the 2D-Chem team as a new PhD student. He will combine his expertise in molecular and cell biology and his experience working on 2D materials for biomedical applications towards a better understanding of how 2D pnictogens interact with living organisms.