Nazario Martín - Selected Publications#


1. "Synthesis of a Helical Bilayer Nanographene" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018 - DOI: 10.1002/anie.201800798.
(This innovative work describes the first fully conjugated bilayer nanographene reported in the literature by combining the advantages of nanographenes and helicenes. Thus, we have constructed a bilayer system of 30 fused benzene rings that is also chiral, rigid, and remains soluble in common organic solvents. We present this as a molecular model system of bilayer graphene, with properties of interest still for unveiling in a variety of potential applications). Considered as a VIP manuscript, it will be highlighted in the frontispice of the journal.

2. "Stereodivergent-at-Metal Synthesis of [60]]Fullerene Hybrids" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 2136-2139.
(This work describes the first synthesis of chiral fullerene–metal hybrids with complete control over the four stereogenic centers created, including the absolute configuration of the metal atom. The stereochemistry of the four chiral centers formed during [60]] fullerene functionalization is the result of both the chiral catalysts employed and the diastereoselective addition of the metal complexes used (iridium, rhodium, or ruthenium). These new systems have been tested as the first fullerene catalysts in a variety of chemical reactions).

3. "Synthesis of giant globular multivalent glycofullerenes as potent inhibitors in a model of Ebola virus infection" Nature Chemistry, 2016, 8, 50-57 DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.2387. Highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News, Volume 93, Number 45, November 16 - 2015 pg. 30.
(This work describes the synthesis of new tridecafullerenes densely decorated with carbohydrates in the periphery giving rise to a globular shape, thus mimicking a virus. These molecules resulted to be very potent Ebola virus inhibitors of infection at
sub-nanomolar concentrations. This work has received a great attention all over the world being highlighted at a national and international level, including mass media such as newspapers, radio and TV).

4. "Chirality transfer from graphene quantum dots" Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 665--668 DOI: 10.1039/c5cc08890a. Cover of the issue.
(This paper describes the first example reported in the literature involving the synthesis of the first chiral graphene quantum dot, thus paving the way to the study of new properties in this amazing materials).

5. "Benzotrithiophene-Based Hole-Transporting Materials for 18.2% Perovskite Solar Cells" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6270 – 6274 - DOI: 10.1002/anie.201511877.
(This is a highly cited paper which describes a simple to prepare, cheap and highly efficient type of sulfur-based innovative hole transporting materials (HTMs) for perovskites solar cells reaching very high photon to current conversion efficiencies. This paper paved a new avenue in sulfur reach HTMs in our group where even higher efficiencies were achieved).

6. "Controlling the crystalline three-dimensional order in bulk materials by single-wall carbon nanotubes" Nature Communications, 2014, 5, 3763, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4763.
(Growing hierarchical architectures at different length scales is at the forefront in science. In this paper, we have used for the first time carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as a tool to gain control over the crystalline ordering of 3D-bulk materials composed of suitably functionalized molecular building blocks. To this end, we prepared p-type nanofibers based on tripeptide and pentapeptide sequences, covalently connected to both carboxylic and electron donating exTTF termini. The addition of small amounts of SWCNTs to the so-prepared p-nanofibers together with the externally controlled self-assembly by charge screening by means of Ca2+ ions resulted in new and stable SWCNT-based supramolecular gels exhibiting a remarkably long-range internal order.

7. "Hierarchical Selectivity in Fullerenes: Site-, Regio-, Diastereo- and Enantio-control of the 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition to C70". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 6060 (cover of the issue).
(This work describes the first study on the control of the selectivity at different levels of higher fullerenes (C70). It is a landmark for the synthesis of chiral carbon nanostructures)

8. “Charge-transfer-induced structural rearrangements at both sides of organic/metal interfaces”. Nature Chem., 2010, 1, 374 (Highlighted in News and Views).
(This work describes by means of experimental techniques and theoretical calculations the interactions and rearrangements that the presence of strong electron accepting organic molecules (TCNQ) produces on the metallic surface (copper) and, in turn, how the metal surface influences to the organic molecule. This is a fundamental study provided that the interface organic molecule/metal is present in most of the devices).

9. “A Bis-exTTF Macrocyclic Receptor that Associates C60 with Micromolar Affinity”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 1772.
(In this paper, it is reported the best purely organic receptor for fullerenes known in the literature, with binding constants as high as 107 M-1).

10. “An efficient approach to chiral fullerene derivatives by catalytic enantioselective 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions.” Nature Chem. 2009, 1, 578.
(This is the first enantioselective synthesis of fullerenes involving chiral catalysis reported in the literature. This seminal work allows to obtain for the first time in fullerene science chiral fullerenes "a la carte" using Ag or Cu metals and chiral ligands, under extremely mild conditions. Actually, this paper was used as the proof of concept to receive the “Advanced Grant” from the ERC entitled: “Chiral allotropes of carbon”).

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