Dr David Fairen-Jimenez is a Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF) in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, where he leads the Adsorption & Advanced Material Laboratory (AAML). His research into the application of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in energy applications and nanoscale drug delivery is underpinned by fundamental studies into molecular recognition and self-assembly processes inside nanoporous materials.
He graduated with a PhD in porous materials in chemistry from the University of Granada, Spain, in 2006. He then developed his research at the University of Edinburgh and Northwestern University, USA, studying adsorption processes in metal-organic frameworks combining advanced experimental techniques and molecular modelling for the design of novel functional materials. He expanded his research at Northwestern University (USA), working with some of the strongest international leaders in his field, including Profs. Randall Snurr, J. Hupp and F. Stoddart, and implementing new computational methods for H2 storage and toxic industrial compounds capture. He returned to UK as a URF in Cambridge in late 2012, to initiate his independent career
David has published a large number of high-impact papers and patents, and has given many invited seminars and lectures at conferences and universities around the world. He is also a founder and Director at Immaterial Labs Ltd., a MOF manufacturing company for gas storage and air filtration, and Tarsis Technologies Ltd., a company for slower and controlled delivery of drugs using amorphous MOFs. In 2016 he was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for the design of MOFs for drug delivery and bioimaging in cancer diagnosis and therapy.
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