Doctor Javier Castells Gil, PhD in Nanotechnology from the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol) of the University of Valencia (UV), has been awarded the extraordinary doctoral prize 2022-2023 of the UV in the area of Chemistry. His doctoral thesis, "Photoactivity and Chemical Reactivity in Titanium (IV)- Organic Frameworks", was supervised by Carlos Martí-Gastaldo, UV professor and leader of the Functional Inorganic Materials (Funimat) group at ICMol.

Javier Castells' doctoral thesis was already recognised as the best in 2021 by the territorial section of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) and by the Specialised Group on Nanoscience and Molecular Materials (GENAM) formed by the RSEQ and the Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF). Three years after his PhD, Castells is working at the University of Birmingham with the support of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Leverhume Trust, a private organisation in the UK dedicated to supporting researchers in different fields.

Castells is from 2022 a beneficiary of the APOSTD programme of the Valencian Government, specially designed to strengthen the international experience of researchers from the Valencian Community and which has allowed him the Leverhulme grant to design and study new high entropy materials for applications in lithium-ion batteries, a line that he has already been developing in the Solid State Unit of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham.

The Extraordinary Doctorate Prizes of the UV, awarded by its Governing Council, recognise the authors of work that, due to its impact or projection in their field of knowledge, is considered to be of exceptional quality. This takes into consideration not only the strict work of the thesis, but also scientific articles on the results obtained and other merits directly related to doctoral studies.