My core expertise is nanomaterials synthesis. I am focusing on the design of functional nanomaterials, their formation mechanisms and the exploration of new territories in inorganic compositions at the nanoscale, which provide access to properties without equivalent among common compositions. To move away from regular nanomaterials (metals, simple metal oxides), I am developing novel synthesis methods, including original instrumentation, and the use of new liquid and gel media. One of my specificities is the wide range of nanomaterials I am exploring, from oxides to borides, polycationics, metals and nitrides, spanning a wide range of properties, from batteries, thermoelectricity, to spin transport and plasmonics.
The work of Francisco Gonell has just been accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. In this paper, we tune syntheses in molten salts to control the formation of nanoparticles of 3D and bi-dimensional manganese perovskite oxides. We highlight the very high activity and stability of these nanomaterials for the electrocatalysis of the oxygen reduction …
New insights from our friendly collaboration with José M. Gonzales Calbet’s team at Universidad Complutense de Madrid: we have synthesized nanowires of doped manganese-based octahedral molecular sieves and studied in depth the localization of the metal dopants. Unambiguous localization of titanium and iron cations in doped manganese hollandite nanowires
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