© 2019 by Francisco Martin-Martinez | Swansea, UK | f.j.martin-martinez@swansea.ac.uk

Research

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Our research aims to connect quantum chemistry methods and atomistic modeling with chemical and process engineering to develop biobased circular materials in the context of biorefineries and circular economy. It integrates density functional theory (DFT) calculations, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, coarse grain (CG) models and machine learning (ML) algorithms, to design functional materials with tailored nanostructure that incorporate waste biomass, biomaterials and nanomaterials into the molecular designs. It implies fundamental research on electronic structures, electron confinement, reactivity, and intermolecular interactions of several materials including: graphene, nanoparticles, lignin, nanocellulose, nanochitin, or protein-based biomaterials, among others (contact us for details).

Computational Chemistry, DFT
We perform DFT electronic structure calculations of molecules and solids. We apply conceptual DFT reactivity descriptors (Fukui function, chemical hardness), as well as spin density and molecular electrostatic calculations to study reaction mechanisms.
Multiscale molecular modeling
We develop multiscale computational models for biomass-derived materials (nanocellulose, nanochitin, lignin).
Machine Learning in Chemistry
We are starting to apply deep learning algorithms to predict chemical properties without solving quantum mechanics calculations
Nanostructured carbon materials
We apply Clar's sextet Theory to predict the aromaticity distribution of polycyclic aromatic systems: graphene, nanoribbons, asphaltenes. We apply these insights to design biobased nanostructured carbon materials
Biomass and biobased materials
We study the polymerization and depolymerization mechanisms of lignin and other biomass materials, to provide fundamental knowledge that help the development of biorefineries
Bioinspired circular materials
We design bioinspired materials for reuse as well as performance. We simulate reversible chemistry pathways to design materials for a circular economy
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Computational Chemistry, DFT

We perform DFT electronic structure calculations of molecules and solids. We apply conceptual DFT reactivity descriptors (Fukui function, chemical hardness), as well as spin density and molecular electrostatic calculations to study reaction mechanisms.