• Molecular

    Nanotechnology Lab

    Advanced nanomaterials for energy

  • “This book constitutes the most complete and updated monograph devoted to energy in its many different aspects”

    Prof. Nazario Martín


  • Novel titania for light harvesting

    Patent filed #201300536 (2013)

  • Catalyst for business

    Mesoporous zeolites highlighted in Technology Review

    Technology review 11/11/2013

  • New developments on nanotechnology for energy

    Recent advances in mesoporous materials for clean technologies

    ChemSocRev 2014 (in press)

  • Incorporation of chemical functionalities in mesoporous materials

    Sol-gel Coordination Chemistry Approach

    Chem. Cat. Chem. (5) 840-844 (2013)

  • Magnetic hybrid mesoporous materials

    Magnetite-containing silica with excellent magnetic properties

  • Hierarchical zeolites: a commercial reality

    The first commercial FCC catalyst with surfactant-templated mesoporous zeolite

    Chem. Cat. Chem. (6) 46-66 (2014)



About Us

Welcome to the Molecular Nanotechnology Lab, a research group devoted to the synthesis, characterization and application of advanced nanomaterials.

We work at the crossroads of materials chemistry, nanotechnology and chemical engineering to produce novel materials for a wide range of applications, from catalysis to energy production and storage.



Zeolites modified by Rive Technology play role in major advance characterizing nanoporous solids

Angewandte Chemie, November 2014 Leading chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie features Rive Technology’s Molecular Highway™ technology in its coverage of a new imaging technology for nanoporous solids. A triad of complementary techniques, namely high-resolution gas adsorption coupled with hysteresis scanning and density functional theory, rotation electron diffraction, and electron tomography, has revealed the intracrystalline nature and connectivity of size-tailored mesopores in zeolite Y. To view the paper in its entirety, please visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201407857/abstract You may also download the PDF of the paper at: http://www.rivetechnology.com/wp-content/uploads/A-Major-Advance-in-Characterizing-Nanoporous-Solids.pdf You may see the video here: http://www.rivetechnology.com/zeolites-modified-by-rive-technology-play-role-in-major-advance-characterizing-nanoporous-solids/
16 March 2015

Hierarchical Zeolites a commercial reality

Leading Scientific Journal Highlights the Impact of Rive’s Proprietary Technology in Catalytic Cracking ChemCatChem Catalysis, December, 2014 In December of 2014, ChemCatChem Catalysis announced that “Realizing the Commercial Potential of Hierarchical Zeolites: New Opportunities in Catalytic Cracking” by Rive Technology founder Javier-Garcia Martinez, Kunhao Li, and Julia Valla, is among its top 25 most-accessed articles of 2014. The paper highlights that since the turn of the 21st century, a tremendous amount of effort has been devoted to introducing larger pores, typically mesopores of 2–50 nm in diameter, into conventional zeolites. The zeolite-modification process has been scaled up to the commercial scale. FCC catalysts with proper chemical compositions, as well as physical and mechanical properties, have also been manufactured on the commercial scale, supplied to two separate commercial refineries, and have undergone successful trials that delivered significantly improved product yields and increased economic value to the refiners. To view the paper in its entirety, please visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1002/cctc.201300345/ You may also download the PDF of the paper at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cctc.201300345/pdf  
09 March 2015

Javier García Martínez, Premio Rey Jaime I Nuevas Tecnologías 2014

El director del Laboratorio de Nanotecnología Molecular de la Universidad de Alicante fue galardonado durante la solemne ceremonia de entrega de los Premios Rey Jaime I en su XXVI edición. Los Premios Rey Jaime I tienen como objetivo promocionar la investigación y el desarrollo científico hecho en España. Por ello reconocen la labor de personas que hayan desarrollado gran parte de su labor científica en este país, otorgándole a cada uno de los galardonados un premio de 100.000 €, convirtiéndolos en uno de los mejor remunerados del país. Los condecorados este año han sido: Ángel Rubio, en Investigación Básica; Enrique Sentana, en Economía; Lina Badimón, en Investigación Médica; Pedro Jordano, en Protección del Medio Ambiente; Javier García Martínez, en Nuevas Tecnologías, y José Vicente Tomás al Emprendedor. Podéis leer la noticia completa aquí: http://ruvid.org/wordpress/?p=17541
05 January 2015


Meet the Team

Dr. Javier García Martínez

Group Leader

Aida Grau Atienza

PhD student

Dr. Noemi Linares Pérez


Marisa Rico Santacruz

PhD student

Dr. Elena Serrano Torregrosa



Advances in Nanotechnology

From tobacco to cyberwood

Phys.org: Nanomaterials News Mar 30, 2015

Swiss scientists from ETH Zurich have developed a thermometer that is at least 100 times more sensitive than previous temperature sensors. It consists of a[…]

Researchers develop molecular backbone of super-slim, bendable digital displays

Phys.org: Nanomaterials News Mar 30, 2015

From smartphones and tablets to computer monitors and interactive TV screens, electronic displays are everywhere. As the demand for instant, constant communication grows, so too[…]

Fascinating quantum transport on a surface

Nanowerk Nanotechnology Research News Mar 30, 2015

Topological insulators are an exceptional group of materials. Their interior acts as an insulator, but the surface conducts electricity extremely well. Scientists now could measure[…]

Wrapping carbon nanotubes in polymers enhances their performance

Nanowerk Nanotechnology Research News Mar 30, 2015

Scientists developed a technique that 'exfoliates' aggregated clumps of CNTs and disperses them in solvents. It involves wrapping the tubes in a polymer using a[…]

New CPSC Nanotechnology Center Would Focus on Risks to Consumers

Nanotechnology RSS Feed from the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies Feb 20, 2015

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has requested $7 million in funding for a new center focused on nanotechnology in consumer products.

A Statement about the PEN Consumer Products Inventory and Titanium Dioxide

Nanotechnology RSS Feed from the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies Jun 18, 2014

There has been much confusion and misinformation in recent weeks about our Consumer Products Inventory (CPI). Much of this confusion was sparked by a recent[…]


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