Prof. J.R. Galán-Mascarós

Functional Molecular Assemblies / Materials

Group Leader:

José Ramón Galán-Mascarós, ICREA Professor

Administrative Support:

Paula Segovia

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Vanesa Lillo / Felipe Andrés Garcés / Jesús González / Álvaro Reyes / Irene Sánchez-Molina / Stefano Giancola / Breogán Pato (until April) / Franziska Hegner (since March)

PhD Students:

Lijuan Han (until June) / Andrea Moneo / Mabel de Fez / David Nieto / Juan José Cabezas / Jiahao Yu / Franziska Hegner (until January)

Master Students:

Pavle Nikačević (from Oct.)

Visiting Students:

Khalid Azmani / Anna Weronika Graf (July-Sept.)

Fulbright Grantholder:

Scott Jerald Folkman (from Oct.)



The team of Prof. Galán- Mascarós is dedicated to the development of hybrid molecular materials with custom properties. By means of the suitable design and selection of building blocks, organic linkers and metal centers, they face very different challenges: from intelligent materials for low cost thermal / optical devices, to nanostructured electrocatalysts destined to participate in systems of solar fuels. Prof. Galán-Mascarós coordinates the A-LEAF project, with 13 partners, and with the objective of producing fuels and chemical products from water and CO2 imitating the photosynthesis of green plants.


‘9-Cobalt(II)-Containing 27-Tungsto-3-germanate(IV): Synthesis, Structure, Computational Modeling, and Heterogeneous Water Oxidation Catalysis’
Haider, A.; Bassil, B. S.; Soriano-López, J.; Qasim, H. M.; Sáenz de Pipaón, C.; Ibrahim, M.; Dutta, D.; Koo, Y. S.; Carbó, J. J.; Poblet, J. M.; Galán-Mascarós, J. R.; Kortz, U.
Inorg. Chem. 2019, 58 (17), 11308-11316

‘The Versatile Nature of Oxygen Vacancies Inbismuth Vanadate Bulk and (001) Surface’
Hegner, F. S.; Forrer, D.; Galan-Mascaros, J. R.; Lopez, N.; Selloni, A.
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10 (21), 6672-6678

‘Homochiral metal-organic frameworks for enantioselective separations in liquid chromatography’
Corella-Ochoa, M. N.; Tapia, J. B.; Rubin, H. N.; Lillo, V.; Gonzalez-Cobos, J.; Núñez Rico, J. Luis; Balestra, S. R. G.; Almora-Barrios, N.; Lledos, M.; Guell-Bara, A.; Cabezas-Giménez, J.; Escudero-Adán, E. C.; Vidal-Ferran, A.; Calero, S.; Reynolds, M. M.; Marti-Gastaldo, C.; Galan-Mascaros, J. R.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (36), 14306-14316


‘Fluorine‐Doped Tin Oxide/Alumina as Long‐Term Robust Conducting Support for Earth‐Abundant Water Oxidation Electrocatalysts’
Garcés‐Pineda, F. A.; González‐Cobos, J.; Torrens, M.; Galán‐Mascarós, J.R.
ChemElectroChem 2019, 6 (8), 2282-2289

‘Boosting Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation of Hematite in Acidic Electrolytes by Surface State Modification’
Tang, P.Y.; Han, L.J.; Simone Hegner, F.; Paciok, P.; Biset‐Peiró, M.; Du, H.C.; Wei, X.K.; Jin, L.; Xie, H.B.; Shi, Q.; Andreu, T.; Lira‐Cantú, M.; Heggen, M.; Dunin‐Borkowski, R. E.; López, N.; Galán‐Mascarós, J.R.; Ramon Morante, J.; Arbiol, J.
Adv. Energy Mater. 2019, 9 (34), 1901836

‘Direct magnetic enhancement of electrocatalytic water oxidation in alkaline media’
Garcés-Pineda, F. A.; Blasco-Ahicart, M.; Nieto-Castro, D.; López, N.; Galán-Mascarós, J. R.
Nat. Energy 2019, 4, 519–525

‘Unraveling Charge Transfer in CoFe Prussian Blue Modified BiVO4 Photoanodes’
Moss, B.; Simone Hegner, F.; Corby, S.; Selim, S.; Francàs, L.; López, N.; Giménez, S.; Galán-Mascarós, J. R.; Durrant, J. R.
ACS Energy Lett. 2019, 4, 337-342


Distributed chemicals and fuels production from CO2 in photoelectrocatalytic devices
Collaborative projects | Ref: 862030

Novel photo-assisted systems for direct solar-driven reduction of CO2 to energy rich materials
Collaborative projects | Ref: 884444

Critical Raw materials Elimination by a top-down Approach To hydrogen and Electricity generation
Collaborative Projects | Ref: 721065 Web page

Galan Mascaros Research Group
AGAUR | Ref: 2017 SGR 1406

An Artificial Leaf: a photo-electro-catalytic cell from earth-abundant materials for sustainable solar production of CO2-based chemicals and fuels
Collaborative Projects | Ref: 732840 Web page


Theses Supervised

Franziska Hegner
January 25th, 2019
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Experimental and theoretical investigation of Prussian blue-type catalysts for artificial photosynthesis’

Lijuan Han
June 28th, 2019
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Electrochemical Oxidation of Water and Formate Promoted by Prussian Blue Analogues for Electricity Storage and Generation’

Andrea Moneo
December 18th, 2019
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Bistable Molecular Materials: Triazole-based Coordination Chemistry of First Row Transition Metals’



Magnetism: an unexpected push for the hydrogen economy