Dr. Alejandro Cadranel
Dr. Cadranel’s research pursues the mitigation of climate change, exploring diverse ideas around solar-to-chemical energy conversion. On one hand, supramolecular architectures built around model coordination complexes are studied. The use of well known building blocks (chromophores, energy or electron donors/acceptors, catalysts) whose behavior is largely documented, allows him to focus in the development of innovative strategies and concepts in terms of photon and charge management. On the other hand, precious-metal free molecular materials based on carbon nanodots are investigated in energy conversion schemes. In this case, in turn, the emphasis lies in the development of novel materials, the discovery of property-structure relationships and their impact in catalytic activity. Both complementary approaches combine organic and inorganic synthetic challenges with rigorous structural and physicochemical characterization.