PhD Theses

Congratulations Dr. Fangchang Tan, new ICMAB graduate!

Congratulations Dr. Fangchang Tan for successfully defending your PhD Thesis on "Carborane bis-pyridylalcohols as Globular and Flexible Linkers for Coordination Polymers: From Bulk Crystals to 2D Ultrathin Nanosheets". If you want to know more about Flavia's PhD thesis, read more below!

20 September 2019

Why did you choose the ICMAB?

Because I noticed there is a position in the website. The project of this position is related to the research I did in the master degree.

How would you explain your research to a non-scientific audience? 

We are designing and making nanosized crystal sponge and transformers, which could be used for improving life.   

What are the main applications of your research? Could you give us an example?

Adsorption for large molecules. For instance, the encapsulation of fullerenes via single crystal transformation from 3D to 2D structure. 

flavia presentacioFrom the lessons learnt at ICMAB, which one do you value the most?

Safety and enthusiasm for science.  

What will you miss the most from ICMAB?

The people.

How do you think this experience will contribute to your training and to your future? 

I have expanded my knowledge of MOF during these four years which will contribute to my research in the future.

What are your plans once you finish your PhD?

I will continue doing research.

What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your PhD?

Spanish is very important to live here.

Which is your favourite female scientist? 

Youyou Tu, who received the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura.

Thank you, and congratulations Flavia!

Thesis Title: Carborane bis-pyridylalcohols as Globular and Flexible Linkers for Coordination Polymers: From Bulk Crystals to 2D Ultrathin Nanosheets

by Fangchang Tan, Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory, ICMAB-CSIC

Date: Monday, 16 September 2019
Time: 11 am
Venue: Seminar Room ICN2


The present thesis has been devoted to the synthesis of a series of novel carborane-based Coordination Polymers (CPs) or Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) incorporating also polycarboxylate ligands and various metals. These obtained carborane-based MOFs exhibited various architectures including 2D and 3D structures, some of them porous. One of the structures possesses large solvent accessible channels and shows a crystal sponge behavior. A reversible single-crystal to single-crystal transformation of this carborane based MOF is also introduced. Motivated by the observed weak interactions between layers in the 2D materials, the first high-aspect ratio carborane-based Metal Organic Nanosheets (MONs) were produced via exfoliation of 2D bulk crystals using top-down method..


  • José Giner Planas, ICMAB-CSIC

PhD Committee:

  • President: Núria Aliaga Alcalde, ICMAB-CSIC
  • Secretary: Eva Carolina Sañudo Zotes, Universitat de Barcelona
  • Vocal:  Guillermo Minguez Espallargas, Universidad de Valencia
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