Prof. Josep Puigmartí-Luis is the head of the ChemInFlow group located at the University of Barcelona, where he leads an interdisciplinary group of chemists, materials scientists, physicists, and engineers. In 2008, he completed his PhD in supramolecular chemistry at the Institut de Ciències dels Materiales de Barcelona, and in 2009, he received a competitive postdoctoral ETH fellowship. In 2012, he was nominated as a Ramon y Cajal researcher, the prestigious Spanish tenure-track position. In 2014, he moved his group to Switzerland, where in 2015 was awarded an ERC Starting Grant, a Chair of Excellence (France) in 2018, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Valencia in 2019.
Additionally, Prof. Puigmartí-Luis has been awarded the Premi Antoni de Martí i Franquès from the Institut d’Estudis Catalans in 2008 and he received the St. Jordi award from the Societat Catalana de Química for his work on supramolecular functional materials.
Self-assembly can be described as a dynamic process present in nature that has long been used for the evolution of living organisms, but is still scarcely understood by modern science. The main reason being that self-assembly is generally studied under equilibrium conditions. Despite the remarkable progress made in materials engineering, the quest for a technology to study and kinetically control self-assembled processes is still incomplete. Like in nature, only through kinetic controlled conditions we can achieve materials with a rationalized function and efficiency; a result that will open new horizons in nanotechnology. Therefore, the research activities of his group are centred on accomplishing an extraordinary kinetic control over self-assembly by controlling the fluid flow phenomena of reagents at the micro and nanoscale.