Grupo Tamices Moleculares


The group, multidisciplinary in nature, integrates specialists in materials chemistry and catalysis, transmission electron microscopy and computational chemistry, as well as in enzymatic catalysis, being one of its researchers a member of the Department of Biocatalysis, with the aim of strengthening synergy between inorganic and enzymatic catalysis. The group is characterized by a wide network of scientific collaborations, both nationally and internationally. In addition to basic research activities, the group regularly collaborates with various companies in the energy, chemical and natural resources sectors through research contracts.

Research lines

The group’s main research area is related to sustainable chemistry, specifically the synthesis, characterization and applications of zeolitic and nanoporous materials as catalysts in the production of fuels with low carbon footprint and chemical compounds of high added value, as well as improvement of traditional processes of the energy and chemistry sectors, such as refining and petrochemicals, reducing their environmental impact and optimizing natural resources.

A more recent research line focuses on the use of natural zeolites for the removal of fluoride and arsenic from drinking water.

The general goal of the group is to develop novel strategies for the synthesis of zeolitic, mesoporous and metalorganic materials (MOF) to achieve precise control of both the location of the active centres and textural characteristics, aiming to provide them with properties optimized for the various applications of interest.

Specific objectives of the group are:

Structural characterization of materials and active centres at atomic scale, mainly using advanced electron microscopy.

Use of computational methods for the rational design of new structure directing agents intended to lead to the synthesis of new zeolitic structures with improved properties and to chiral zeolitic materials for application in adsorption and asymmetric catalysis.

Development of tailored nanoporous materials as matrices for the optimal encapsulation of photoactive molecules and improvement of their photophysical properties.

Development of new micro/mesoporous materials of controlled crystal size and porosity with potential application as catalysts in the transformation of methanol to hydrocarbons and in particular to light olefins and aromatic compounds.

Development of new methodologies for the incorporation/immobilization of transition metals (Ti, V, Au, Ag) in porous materials for application as catalysts for selective synthesis of organic compounds.

Design and preparation of materials with metalorganic hybrid networks (MOF) for application in catalytic processes.

Obtaining efficient and stable nanobiocatalysts based on immobilization of enzymes in ordered mesoporous materials and MOF.

Use of natural zeolites for purification of drinking water (removal of fluoride and arsenic).


Jefa/e del Grupo

Pérez Pariente, Joaquín

Personal del Grupo

Pérez Pariente, Joaquín. E. Profesores de Investigación de Organismos Públicos de Investigación

Sastre de Andrés, Enrique. E. Investigadores Científicos de Organismos Públicos de Investigación

Díaz Carretero, Isabel. E. Investigadores Científicos de Organismos Públicos de Investigación

Márquez Alvarez, Carlos. E. Científicos Titulares de Organismos Públicos de Investigación

Blanco Martín, Rosa María. E. Científicos Titulares de Organismos Públicos de Investigación

Gómez-Hortigüela Sainz, Luis. E. Científicos Titulares de Organismos Públicos de Investigación

Sánchez Sánchez, Manuel. E. Científicos Titulares de Organismos Públicos de Investigación

Grande Casas, Marisol. E. Técnicos Especializados de Organismos Públicos de Investigación

Molina Esquinas, María Asunción. Titulado Superior

De la Serna Valdés, Ramón. Titulado Superior

Rodríguez González, Susana. Técnico Sup. Actividades Téc. y Profes.


Khanmohammadi, M.A. Molina, R.M. Blanco, S.N. Azizi, C. Márquez-Álvarez, I. Díaz, SBA-15 with short channels for laccase immobilization, Microporous Mesoporous Materials 309 (2020) 110527. doi: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2020.110527

Gascón-Pérez, M.B. Jiménez, A. Molina, R.M. Blanco, M. Sánchez-Sánchez, Efficient one-step immobilization of caLB lipase over MOF support NH2-MIL-53(Al), Catalysts 10 (2020) 1–16. doi: 10.3390/catal10080918

M.A. Molina, A. Manjón-Sanz, M. Sánchez-Sánchez, On the contribution of Pair Distribution Function (PDF) to the characterization of nanocrystalline MOFs: The case of M-MOF-74, Microporous Mesoporous Materials 319 (2021) 110973. doi: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2021.110973

Asunción Molina, V. Gascón-Pérez, M. Sánchez-Sánchez, R.M. Blanco, Sustainable One-Pot Immobilization of Enzymes in/on Metal-Organic Framework Materials, Catalysts 2021, Vol. 11, Page 1002. 11 (2021) 1002. doi: 10.3390/CATAL11081002

M.A. Molina, N.R. Habib, I. Díaz, M. Sánchez-Sánchez, Surfactant-induced hierarchically porous MOF-based catalysts prepared under sustainable conditions and their ability to remove bisphenol A from aqueous solutions, Catalisys Today (2021). doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2021.10.019

M.A. Molina, J. Díez-Jaén, M. Sánchez-Sánchez, R.M. Blanco, One-pot laccase@MOF biocatalysts efficiently remove bisphenol A from water, Catalisys Today (2021). doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2021.10.005

L. Gómez-Hortigüela Sainz; J. Pérez Pariente; I. Díaz Carretero; Y. Chebude; Material compuesto de estilbita-nanohidroxiapatita, procedimiento de preparación y utilización para la eliminación de fluoruro del agua, Patente ES2500042 (2014), en explotación

N. Suárez; J. Pérez-Pariente; F. Mondragón; A. Moreno; Generation of hierarchical porosity in beta zeolite by post-synthesis treatment with the cetyltrimethylammonium cationic surfactant under alkaline conditions, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 280 (2019) 144-150

Nieto, D., Pérez-Pariente, J., Toran, E., López-Arbeloa, F., Gómez-Hortigüela, L.; Conformational sieving effect of organic structure-directing agents during the synthesis of zeolitic materials, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 287 (2019) 56-64, doi: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2019.05.052

J. Agúndez; L. Martin; A. Mayoral; J. Pérez-Pariente; Gold nanoclusters prepared from an eighteenth century two-phases procedure supported on thiol-containing SBA-15 for liquid phase oxidation of cyclohexene with molecular oxygen, Catalysis Today 304 (2018) 172-180, doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.09.045

V. Gascón; M. B. Jiménez; R.M. Blanco; M. Sánchez-Sánchez; Semi-crystalline Fe-BTC MOF material as an efficient support for enzyme immobilization, Catalysis Today 304 (2018) 119-126, doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.10.022

C. Coscolín; A. Beloqui; M. Martínez Martínez; R. Bargiela; G. Santiago; R. M. Blanco; G. Delaittree; C. Márquez-Álvarez; M. Ferrer; Controlled manipulation of enzyme specificity through immobilization-induced flexibility constraints, Applied Catalysis A: General 565 (2018) 59-67, doi: 10.1016/j.apcata.2018.08.003

I. Díaz; R. M. Blanco; M. Sánchez Sánchez; C. Márquez Álvarez; Biocatalysis on porous materials, in Zeolites and Metal-Organic Frameworks. From Lab to Industry, Atlantis Press- Amsterdam University Press (2018) 149-174, doi: 10.2307/j.ctvcmxprm.9

V. Gascón; C. Márquez-Álvarez; R. M. Blanco; Successful encapsulation of β-glucosidase during the synthesis of siliceous mesostructured materials, Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology 93 (2018) 2625-2634, doi: 10.1002/jctb.5616

G. Sankar; M. Sánchez-Sánchez; Metal-Substituted Microporous Aluminophosphates in Structure and Reactivity of Metals in Zeolite Materials, Structure and Bonding 178 (2018) 251-303, doi: 10.1007/430_2018_25

I. Díaz; Environmental uses of zeolites in Ethiopia, Catalysis Today 285 (2017) 29-38, doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.01.045

L. Gómez-Hortigüela; M. A. Camblor; Introduction to the Zeolite Structure-Directing Phenomenon by Organic Species: General Aspects. In: Insights into the Chemistry of Organic Structure-Directing Agents in the Synthesis of Zeolitic Materials, L. Gómez-Hortigüela (ed), Structure and Bonding, 175 (2017) 1-41, doi: 10.1007/430_2017_8

I. M. Pascual-Valderrama; J. Pérez-Pariente; The Alchemical Manuscripts of David Lindsay (1587–1641), Lord Lindsay of Balcarres, Ambix 64 (2017) 234-262, doi: 10.1080/00026980.2017.1370875

V. Gascón; C. Carucci; M. B. Jimenez; R. M. Blanco; M. Sanchez Sanchez; E. Magner; Rapid in-situ immobilization of enzymes in metal organic framework supports under mild conditions, ChemCatChem 9 (2017) 1182-1186, doi: 10.1002/cctc.201601342

K. Guesh; C. A. D. Caiuby; A. Mayoral; M. Díaz-García; I. Díaz; M. Sánchez-Sánchez; Sustainable Preparation of MIL-100(Fe) and Its Photocatalytic Behavior in the Degradation of Methyl Orange in Water, Crystal Growth & Design 17 (2017) 1806-1813, doi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b01776

I. Pinilla Herrero; U. Olsbye; C. Márquez Álvarez; E. Sastre; Effect of framework topology of SAPO catalysts on selectivity and deactivation profile in the MTO reaction, Journal of Catalysis 352 (2017) 191-207, doi: 10.1016/j.jcat.2017.05.008

M. Sánchez-Sánchez; N. Getachew; K. Díaz; M. Díaz-García; Y. Chebude; I. Díaz; Synthesis of metal-organic frameworks in water at room temperature: Salts as linker sources, Green Chemistry 17 (2015) 1500-1509, doi: 10.1039/c4gc01861c

V. Gascón; I. Díaz; R. M. Blanco; C. Márquez-Álvarez; Hybrid periodic mesoporous organosilica designed to improve properties of immobilized enzymes, RSC Advances 4 (2014) 34356-34368, doi: 10.1039/c4ra05362a

M. Díaz-García; A. Mayoral; I. Díaz; M. Sánchez-Sánchez; Nanoscaled M-MOF-74 materials prepared at room temperature, Crystal Growth & Design 14 (2014) 2479–2487, doi: 10.1021/cg500190h

L. Gómez-Hortigüela; J. Pérez-Pariente; R. García; Y. Chebude; I. Díaz; Natural zeolites from Ethiopia for elimination of fluoride from drinking water, Separation and Purification Technology 120 (2013) 224-229, doi: 10.1016/j.seppur.2013.10.006

A. B. Pinar; L. Gómez-Hortigüela; L. B. McCusker; J. Pérez-Pariente; Controlling the Aluminum Distribution in the Zeolite Ferrierite via the Organic Structure Directing Agent, Chemistry of Materials 25 (2013) 3654-3661, doi: 10.1021/cm4018024

Serra, E., Díez, E., Díaz, I., Blanco, R.M.; A comparative study of periodic mesoporous organosilica and different hydrophobic mesoporous silicas for lipase immobilization, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 132 (2010), 487-493, doi: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2010.03.031

J. A. Botas; G. Calleja; M. Sánchez-Sánchez; M. G. Orcajo; Cobalt doping of MOF-5 framework and its effect on gas adsorption behaviour, Langmuir 26 (2010) 5300-5303, doi: 10.1021/la100423a

C. Márquez-Alvarez; N. Žilková; J. Pérez-Pariente; J. Cejka; Synthesis, characterization and catalytic applications of organized mesoporous aluminas, Catalysis Reviews: Science and Engineering 50 (2008) 222-286, doi: 10.1080/01614940701804042

L. Gómez-Hortigüela; F. López-Arbeloa, F. Corà; J. Pérez-Pariente; Supramolecular chemistry in the structure direction of microporous materials from aromatic structure-directing agents, Journal of the American Chemical Society 130 (2008) 13274-13284, doi: 10.1021/ja8023725

Lai, Z., Bonilla, G., Diaz, I., Nery, J.G., Sujaoti, K., Amat, M.A., Kokkoli, E., Terasaki, O., Thompson, R.W., Tsapatsis, M., Vlachos, D.G.; Microstructural optimization of a zeolite membrane for organic vapor separation, Science 300 (2003) 456-460, doi: 10.1126/science.1082169

M. Vallet-Regi; A. Rámila; R. P. del Real; J. Pérez-Pariente; A new property of MCM-41: Drug delivery system, Chemistry of Materials 13 (2001) 308-311, doi: 10.1021/cm0011559

Díaz, I., Márquez-Alvarez, C., Mohino, F., Pérez-Pariente, J., Sastre, E.; Combined Alkyl and Sulfonic Acid Functionalization of MCM-41-Type Silica: Part 1. Synthesis and Characterization, Journal of Catalysis

193 (2000) 283-294, doi: 10.1006/jcat.2000.2898

Díaz, I., Márquez-Alvarez, C., Mohino, F., Pérez-Pariente, J., Sastre, E.; Combined Alkyl and Sulfonic Acid Functionalization of MCM-41-Type Silica: Part 2. Esterification of Glycerol with Fatty Acids, Journal of Catalysis

193 (2000) 295-302, doi: 10.1006/jcat.2000.2899