Barrer Award 2017 Winner

Dr David Fairen Jiminez
Dr David Fairen Jimenez
University of Cambridge


Awarded for his outstanding and imaginative work in porous materials for gas adsorption and drug delivery applications, including the formation of spin-out companies

About the Winner

David Fairen-Jimenez is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, where he leads the Adsorption & Advanced Material Laboratory (AAML). His research into the application of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in energy applications and nanoscale drug delivery is underpinned by fundamental studies into molecular simulation and adsorption processes on nanoporous materials. His expertise has been built through integrated research which combines 1) synthesis and engineering of novel nanomaterials, 2) molecular modelling, 4) drug delivery processes for cancer treatment, and 5) sustainable industrial applications. He leads a multidisciplinary team of 15 researchers.

He graduated with a PhD in porous materials in chemistry, under the supervision of Prof Carlos Moreno-Castilla, from the University of Granada in 2006. He then worked with Prof. Tina Duren at the University of Edinburgh, studying adsorption in MOFs combining experimental techniques and modelling for the design of novel functional materials. He expanded his research at Northwestern University, working with some of the strongest international leaders in his field, including Profs. Randall Snurr, J. Hupp and O. Farha, and implementing new computational methods for H2 storage and toxic industrial compounds capture. He returned to UK as a URF in Cambridge in late 2012, to initiate his independent career.

To date David has published 61 papers and 3 patents, and has given many invited seminars and lectures at conferences and universities around the world. He is also a founder and Director at Immaterial Labs Ltd., a MOF manufacturing company for gas storage and air filtration, and Tarsis Technologies Ltd., a company for slower and controlled delivery of drugs using amorphous MOFs. In 2016 he was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for the design of new generation of materials for cancer diagnosis and therapy.

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