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EPSRC CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future



BSc, Chemistry, Universidad de Alicante (Spain), 2002

PhD, Chemistry, Universida de Granada (Spain), 2006

RSC Barrer Award, 2017

ERC Consolidator Grant, 2017


Dr Fairen-Jimenez leads the Adsorption & Advanced Materials Lab.  His research concerns the study of the molecular mechanisms that control adsorption processes in porous materials. His group is particularly interested in drug delivery systems, where nanotechnology has a fundamental impact to revolutionise cancer diagnosis and therapy. He is also interested in the use of novel porous materials for the necessary shift from today’s fossil-based energy economy to a more sustainable economy based on hydrogen and renewable energy, linked to the carbon capture to mitigate the effects of global warming. His group's objective is to evaluate new strategies in the study of adsorption processes, the study and design of new porous materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and to develop new methods in the prediction of their performance.

In their work, his group combines molecular simulation techniques such as grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study adsorption and diffusion phenomena with experimental techniques that include gas adsorption, confocal microscopy, cell cultures, calorimetry, neutron and X-Ray diffraction and small-angle X-Ray scattering.

Royal Society University Research Fellow
Reader in Molecular Engineering
Dr David  Fairen-Jimenez