Spreading our knowledge

Apart from scientific articles, Nanosfun members dedicate part of their time to writing different chapters in areas such as Coordination Chemistry, Biomaterials and Nanotechnology, among others. In addition, Nanosfun has participated in the edition of scientific books with a wide representation of experts in the field who have contributed their experience.

  • 2020
    • Advances in Inorganic Chemistry – Nanoscale Coordination Chemistry

      The Advances in Inorganic Chemistry series, presents timely and informative summaries on current progress in a variety of subject areas. This acclaimed serial features reviews written by experts in the field, serving as an indispensable reference to advanced researchers that empowers readers to pursue new developments in each field. Users will find this to be a comprehensive overview of recent findings and trends from the last decade that covers various kinds of inorganic topics, from theoretical oriented supramolecular chemistry, to the quest for accurate calculations of spin states in transition metals.

      R. van Eldik and D. Ruiz-Molina (Eds.)

  • 2018
    • Bioinspired catechol-based systems: Chemistry and applications

      Catechols are widely found in nature taking part in a variety of biological functions, ranging from the aqueous adhesion of marine organisms to the storage of transition metal ions. This has been achieved thanks to their (i) rich redox chemistry and ability to cross-link through complex and irreversible oxidation mechanisms, (ii) excellent chelating properties, and (iii) the diverse modes of interaction of the vicinal hydroxyl groups with all kinds of surfaces of remarkably different chemical and physical nature. Therefore, guided by such interest, catechol-based systems have been subject in recent years to intense research (at the laboratory scale) aimed at mimicking and translating these natural concepts into new functional adhesives and coatings with enhanced properties.

      Marco d’Ischia and Daniel Ruiz-Molina (Eds.)

  • 2015
    • Bio- and bioinspired nanomaterials

      In recent decades, biomaterials have inspired scientists from different fields to design and develop novel functional materials. One paradigmatic example of this fructiferous approach has been the fabrication of new bioinspired materials based on catechol structures. These aromatic derivatives bearing two ortho hydroxyl groups are ubiquitous in nature, where they display a large variety of functions. This functional versatility can be explained considering that catechols can act simultaneously as weak acids and easily oxidizable reducing agents, along with the fact that the presence of the two aromatic hydroxyl groups in vicinal positions makes them ideal for bidentate coordination and intermolecular noncovalent interactions. Intense research has been aimed at mimicking the natural roles of catechols by developing new functional materials. This chapter is centered on past, recent, and on‐going studies involving the design, development, and biomimetic use of synthetic molecules and materials with catechols present in their structure, mainly in the fields of biomedicine, analytical, nanotechnology, and materials science, with special emphasis on these last two disciplines.

      D. Ruiz‐Molina; F. Novio; C. Roscini (Eds.)


  1. Authors: F. Novio, D. Ruiz-Molina, J. Lorenzo
    Title: Amorphous Coordination Polymer Particles for Biomedicine
    Published in: Bio- and Bioinspired Nanomaterials, (Eds. D. Ruiz-Molina, F. Novio and C. Roscini), 113-133, Wiley-VCH 2014 (ISBN: 9783527675821).
  2. Authors: J. Saiz-Poseu, D. Ruiz-Molina, J. Sedó, F. Busqué
    Title: Catechol-Based Biomimetic Functional Materials and their applications
    Published in: Bio- and Bioinspired Nanomaterials, (Eds. D. Ruiz-Molina, F. Novio and C. Roscini), 277-301, Wiley-VCH 2014 (ISBN: 9783527675821).
  3. Authors: N.N. Adarsh
    Title: Metal-Organic Framework (MOF)-Derived Metal Oxides for Supercapacitors
    Published in: Metal Oxides in Supercapacitors, (Eds. D.P. Dubal and P. Gómez-Romero), 165-192, Elsevier 2017 (ISBN: 978-0-12-811169-7).
  4. Authors: F. Novio, D. Ruiz-Molina
    Title: Coordination Polymers for Medical Applications: Amorphous versus Crystalline Materials 
    Published in: Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Interfaces: Towards Advanced Funtional Materials, (Eds. M.H. Delville and A. Tauber), 661-694, Wiley-VCH 2018 (ISBN: 9783527342556).
  5. Authors: R. Solórzano, S. Suárez-García, F. Novio, J. Lorenzo, R. Alibés, F. Busqué, D. Ruiz-Molina
    Title: Nanoscale coordination polymers for Medicine and Sensors
    Published in: Advances in Inorganic Chemistry, (Eds. R. van Eldik and D. Ruiz-Molina), 3-31, Elsevier 2020 (ISBN: 9780128202524).