Our research strategy


• Innovative heterogeneous nanocatalysts free of critical raw materials

• Elucidation of structure - catalytic activity relationships

• Environmentally and industrially relevant transformations

Selected publications:
Selective formic acid dehydrogenation at low temperature over a RuO2/COF pre-catalyst synthesized on the gram scale
Gonçalves, L. P. L.; Christensen, D. B.; Meledina, M.; Salonen, L. M.; Petrovykh, D. Y.; Carbó-Argibay, E.; Sousa, J. P. S.; Soares, O. S. G. P.; Pereira, M. F. R.; Kegnæs, S.; Kolen'ko, Y. V.
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2020, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D0CY00145G

Synergistic Computational–Experimental Discovery of Highly Selective PtCu Nanocluster Catalysts for Acetylene Semihydrogenation
Ayodele, O. B.; Cai, R; Wang, J.; Ziouani, Y.; Liang, Z.; Spadaro, M. C; Kovnir, K.; Arbiol, J.; Akola, J; Palmer, R. E.; Kolen’ko, Y. V.
ACS Catal., 2020, 10, XXX, 451-457.

NiP2: A Story of Two Divergent Polymorphic Multifunctional Materials
Owens-Baird, B.; Xu, J.; Petrovykh, D. Y.; Bondarchuk, O.; Ziouani, Y.; González-Ballesteros, N.; Yox, P.; Sapountzi, F. M.; Niemantsverdriet, H.; Kolen'ko, Y. V.; Kovnir, K.
Chem. Mater., 2019, 31, 3407-3418.

Electrocatalytic water oxidation over AlFe2B2
Mann D. K.; Xu, J.; Mordvinova, N. E.; Yannello, V.; Ziouani, Y.; González-Ballesteros, N.; Sousa, J. P. S.; Lebedev, O.I.; Kolen'ko, Yu. V.; Shatruk, M.
Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 2796-2804.

Sustainable Solutions

• Innovative nanomaterials and coatings for water treatment, smart cities, security and manufacturing

• Elucidation of structure - property relationships

• Development of efficient preparation methods

Selected publications:
Recyclable magnetic covalent organic framework for the extraction of marine biotoxins
Romero, V.; Fernandes, S. P. S.; Rodriguez Lorenzo, L.; Kolen'ko, Yu, V.; Espiña, B.; Salonen, L. M.
Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 6072-6079.

Tailoring Covalent Organic Frameworks to Capture Water Contaminants
Fernandes, S.P.S.; Romero, V.; Espiña, B.; Salonen L.M.
Chem. Eur. J., 2019, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201806025.
Adsorption of Pharmaceutical Pollutants from Water Using Covalent Organic Frameworks
Mellah, A.; Fernandes, S.P.S.; Rodríguez, R.; Otero, J.; Paz, J.; Cruces, J.; Medina, D.D.; Djamila, H.; Espina, B.; Salonen, L. M.
Chem. Eur. J., 2018, 24, 10601 –10605.
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Unconventional Nanomaterials

• Advanced nanomaterials for clean energy technology

• Thermoelectric, photovoltaic, and magnetic materials

• High synthetic control of size, morphology, and composition

Selected publications:
Template-directed self-organization of colloidal PbTe nanocrystals into pillars, conformal coatings, and self-supported membranes
Piotrowski, M.; Borme, J. G. O.; Carbó-Argibay, E.; Sharma, D; Nicoara, N; Sadewasser, S.; Petrovykh, D. Y.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Kolen'ko, Y. V.
Nanoscale Advances, 2019, 1, 3049-3055.

Superstructural Ordering in Hexagonal CuInSe2 Nanoparticles
Sousa, V.; Gonçalves, B.F.; Franco, M.; Ziouani, Y.; González-Ballesteros, N.; Cerqueira, M.F.; Yannello, V.; Kovnir, K.; Lebedev, O. I.; Kolen'ko, Yu. V.
Chem. Mater., 2019, 31 (1), 260-267.

Probing of Thermal Transport in 50-nm Thick PbTe Nanocrystal Film by Time-Domain Thermoreflectance
Piotrowski, M.; Franco, M.; Sousa, V.; Rodrigues, J.; Deepak, F. L.; Kakefuda, Y; Kawamoto, N.; Baba, T.; Owens-Baird, B.; Alpuim, P.; Kovnir, K.; Mori, T.; Kolen'ko, Yu. V.
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122 (48), 27127–27134.