2020 BIST Conference

Building a sustainable world together

Roundtable: MOFs, a Powerful Framework for Pollution Remediation

October 29, 2020 | 11:00h – 12:15h | Online

MOFs, metal-organic frameworks, are a class of compounds consisting of metal ion clusters coordinated with organic ligands. They are characterised by their porosity, which makes them appropriate for a wide range of biomedical and environmental applications. The MOFs pores can be manipulated to encapsulate, absorb, or release various materials. This roundtable will cover topics such as the use of MOFs for building enzyme-powered nanomotors, their integration in nanosensors for environmental monitoring, and the potential industrial applications of these singular compounds.


Alfredo Ongaro

Postdoctoral Researcher (ICFO)

Dr. Ongaro is a material scientist currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Optoelectronic Group led by ICREA Prof. Valerio Pruneri at ICFO. Alfredo is working on the development, optimisation, and integration of microfluidic systems for sample preparation and detection within an optical setup coupled to electronics control to provide a fast, portable, and robust system to assess microorganism water contamination. He holds a PhD from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) in Environmentally Sustainable Material for Mass Manufacturing Microfluidic Devices. During his PhD, together with his supervisor, he created a consortium involving several European Universities and two major microfluidic companies to employ the use of environmentally sustainable material for the fabrication of organ-on-chip devices on a large scale.


Tania Patiño

Visiting Researcher (IBEC) & Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

In 2015, Tania obtained her PhD in Cell Biology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2016, she joined Prof. Samuel Sánchez’s group at IBEC, as a Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellow, where she focused on the development of enzyme-powered micro- and nanomotors for biomedical applications and 3D bioprinting of biohybrid soft robots. Currently, she is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow (2019-2021) at the University of Tor Vergata, Rome, where she works on the bioengineering of functional DNA-based nanomachines and continues collaborating with Prof. Sánchez’s group at IBEC as a visiting researcher.

Leyre Gómez Navascués

PROBIST Posdoctoral Fellow (ICN2)

Leyre Gomez is a PROBIST Researcher at ICN2 and Project Leader of the BIST Ignite project SensMOF. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza (2014), becoming an expert on the synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles for photocatalysis and medical applications. Afterwards, she moved as a postdoctoral researcher to the University of Amsterdam (2015-2019) to develop nanocrystals for photovoltaic applications. She is currently working on the integration of MOFs in photonic nanosensors for environmental monitoring. This approximation will allow the design of highly sensitive easy-to-use sensors for in-situ and real-time detection of pollutants, in air and water, as well as quantify the presence of enantiomers.

Cristina Sáenz

Founder and Former CEO of Orchestra Sci

Committed to innovation, Cristina left academia after a PhD and a postdoc at ICIQ where she co-founded the start-up Orchestra Scientific. She was the CEO of Orchestra for three years. She also led a project that aims to overcome the TRL gap between academia and industry. As a researcher, Cristina worked on the usage of MOFs to selectively retain CO2.

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