Personnel of the ICMAB

Name:Molins Grau, Elies
Date of assignement:Març, 1990
Date and place of birth:Barcelona, 1957

University degrees:
Fí­sica, UB, 1979
Doctorat, universitat i any:
Fí­sica, UB, 1985
Aerogels and related materials (preparation, characterisation and applications)
Electron densities: topology and energetics
Mössbauer Spectroscopy
Most significative academic merits:
President of the Asociación de Personal Investigador del CSIC
Member of the EC of the WFSW (2006-) and of their International Secretariat (2013-)
Innovation Award in occasion of the Centennial of the S.E. de Carburos Metàlicos SA (1997)
Special Award of the Fundación Domingo Martínez
Number of published articles:440
H Factor:41

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Most significatives scientific articles:
Hydrogen Bonds Strengths Revealed by Topological Analyses of Experimentally Observed Electron Densities
Authors:E.Espinosa, E.Molins, C.Lecomte
Reference:Chem.Phys. Letters 285, 170-173 (1998). (700 citations)

Dispositivo Catalizador, Procedimiento para su Fabricación y su Utilización para la Obtención de Hidrógeno.
Authors:J.Llorca, M.Domínguez, E.Molins, E.Taboada.
Reference:Patent (WO2009010621)

Effect of the counterion on the solubility of isostructural pharmaceutical lamotrigine salts
Authors:J.Galcerà, E.Molins
Reference:Crystal Growth & Design 9 (1), 327-334 (2009).

Aerogel Supported Nanoparticles in Catalysis
Authors:A.Vallribera, E.Molins.
Reference:Nanoparticles and Catalysis (2007) Wiley-VCH

Topological Properties of the Electron Distribution in Hydrogen Bonded Systems
Authors:I.Mata, I.Alkorta, E.Espinosa, E.Molins, J.Elguero
Reference:The Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules. Wiley-VCH (2007)

Last update: 2014-02-05 18:07:01

Research Fields:

Actually, a scientific researcher should play very different roles, mainly if his work would have some social significance. As a scientist, he should make science and worry about his specialty and its progress; this usually means making basic science. He should also give support to public and private entities which develop their activity in sectors of his competency: hospitals, industries, laboratories, etc. He should work in a team, which implies an important effort in formation and qualification of technicians and graduates, who will finally enter in sectors where research is an important aspect. Scientific research today doesn’t have any sense if not performed in a global ambiance, and this also leads to establish and keep contacts around the world. A researcher should participate and give his opinion about the management of science, because he’s a main actor. Finally, society demands information about the scientific advancement, thus also supposes a divulgation task. In my scientific career I have tried to follow all the referred objectives that society demands to scientific researchers and, even if little is done about each one, finally represents a strong dedication. Of course, this can only be done if one enjoys himself by doing it. My research task is centered on what the microscopic structure of materials means about its macroscopic behavior. This general objective rules along three research lines: i) Crystallographic studies by X-ray diffraction: obtaining precise electron densities and analysis of their topology, crystal structure, polymorph analysis, chemical bonding. ii) Studies on iron-containing materials by Mössbauer spectroscopy: magnetism of small particles and polynuclear complexes, instrumentation. iii) Studies on aerogels and related porous materials: preparation, characterization, properties and applications. For instance, we have established links between the topology of the electron density and the chemical bond energetics and we are preparing materials useful as catalysts in liquid (for synthetic purposes) and gas phases (materials for energy).

Contact Data:

+ 34 935 801 853
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P.O. Box:
+ 34 935 805 729
elies.molins (at)
Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

08193 Bellaterra

Catalunya, Espanya