Universidad de Zaragoza

Founded in 1542, the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) enjoys a great prestige among European Universities and takes part on European Projects since FP4. The team involved in this proposal belongs to the Nanoscience Institute of Aragón (INA), a multidisciplinary research centre founded in 2003. At present, the Institute is one of the leading Centres on Nanoscience in Spain with more than 120 scientists and 17 qualified technicians. Five permanent researchers belonging to the INA would work on this project. The facilities within these researchers’ laboratories include specific equipment for MOF and mixed matrix membrane preparation and testing and also for the fabrication and characterization of Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films. From INA and UNIZAR facilities, the group has access to XRD, XPS, VSM, FTIR, TGA-DSC, UV-vis, DLS, AFM and STM and to several scanning electron microscopes (FEI FEG250; FEI Inspect F) and high resolution electronic transmission microscopes (HRTEM; TECNAI T20; TECNAI F30, TITAN 60-300 and TITAN3).  UNIZAR is experienced in the synthesis and particle engineering of MOFs, the preparation of mixed matrix membranes with different polymers (polysulfone, polyimides) and fillers (MOFs, zeolites, ordered silica, and combinations of them), and gas permeation testing. In addition, UNIZAR has expertise on the preparation, characterization, and study of physicochemical properties of LB films incorporating different families of compounds: liquid crystals, polymers, molecular wires (including organometallic compounds), carbon nanotubes, graphene oxide, etc.