Dr. Gonzalo Abellán Sáez

Dr. Gonzalo Abellán Sáez


Junior Group Leader


Zentralinstitut für Neue Materialien und Prozesstechnik Zentralinstitut für Neue Materialien und Prozesstechnik


Room: 3-050
Phone: +49 (0) 911 650 78 650 31
Fax: +49 (0) 911 650 78 650 15



September 2014: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Michael Fickert, Graduate student, University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Erik Weinreich, Master Thesis, University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Vicent Lloret, PhD student, University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Stefan Wild, PhD student, University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Master Thesis

Hexagonal NiFe-LDH: a route towards layered multifunctional materials through exfoliation, restacking and nanoscale film preparation

Ph.D. Thesis

Hybrid magnetic materials based on layered double hydroxides: from the chemistry towards the applications

Research area

  • Graphene (chemical functionalization and multifunctional systems)
  • Hybrid Materials
  • Layered Double Hydroxides
  • Magnetism
  • Energy Storage
  • Antimonene, Black Phosphorus and 2D Materials beyond Graphene

Selected Awards

2017 XII City of Algemesí Scientific and Technical Award

2016 Doctoral Extraordinary Award to the Best PhD Thesis in Chemistry (University of Valencia)

2015 Selected to attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Lindau)

2015 Tenth City of Algemesí Scientific and Technical Award (accessit)

2014 Valencia Idea 2014 Award (first prize in Energy and Environmental)

2013 IEF Marie Curie Fellowship (granted before obtaining the PhD)

2012 Director of External Relations of MUDIC-VBS-CV Museum of Science (University Miguel Hernández-Spain)

2012 European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Graduate Student Award 2012 (Strasbourg)



Invited Seminars at Universities and Research Institutions

  1. Habilitandabend JungChemikerForum GDCh, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, November 2017, Erlangen (Germany).

  2. Faculty of Natural Sciences, Miguel Hernández University, November 2017, Elche (Spain).

  3. Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Physik, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, November 2017, Erlangen (Germany).

  4. Institute for Advanced Materials INAMAT, Public University of Navarra, September 2017, Pamplona (Spain).

  5. Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ulm University, July 2017, Ulm (Germany).

  6. Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, June 2017, Zurich (Switzerland).

  7. School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, July 2016, Dublin (Ireland).

  8. IFIMAC, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, December 2015, Madrid (Spain).

  9. Chemistry Department, University of Potsdam, April 2015, Potsdam (Germany).

  10. Department of Applied Chemistry, Public University of Navarra, January 2014, Pamplona (Spain).

Invited Contribution to International Conferences

  1. 3rd International Conference on Functional Molecular Materials FUNMAT2017, November 2017, Kraków (Poland).

  2. 231st ECS Meeting, June 2017, New Orleans (EEUU).

  3. X European School on Molecular Nanoscience and the V Workshop on 2D Materials, May 2017, El Escorial-Madrid (Spain).

  4. Graphene Flaghship Symposium, February 2017, Tenerife (Spain).

  5. 8th Engineering of Advanced Materials Symposium, November 2016, Kloster Banz (Germany).

  6. XXXth International Winterschool on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, February 2016, Kirchberg in Tirol (Austria).

  7. 4rd International Symposium on Energy Challenges & Mechanics–Working on Small Scales (ISECM), August 2015, Aberdeen (Scotland, UK).

  8. SFB-953 Symposium, December 2014, Bad Staffelstein (Germany).

  9. I Forum on Technology Transfer in Valencian Community, June 2013, Valencia (Spain).

External Co-Supervisor

Jorge Romero, PhD student, University of Valencia-Spain. 

Jose Alberto Carrasco, PhD student, University of Valencia-Spain. 



3. Coronado, E., Prima-García, H., Abellán, G., Romero, J. Method of obtaining a graphitized

carbon matrix and metal nanoparticles nanocomposite by galvanostatic charging and discharging cycles under the action of magnetic fields, and the material so obtained. Patent pending P201600602 (Spain).

2. Abellán, G., Coronado, E., Ribera, A. Nanocomposites consisting on graphitized matrix and metallic nanoparticles with supercapacitive and magnetoresistive properties. Patent EP2818570A1 (Spain). WO2013124503A1 (International).

1. Abellán, G., Coronado, E., Ribera, A. Zamora, F., Mas-Balleste, R., Rodriguez, D. Preparation of corrugated and porous graphene from COFs and its application as supercapacitors. WO 2015075294A1 (International).



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45)J. A. Carrasco, S. Cardona-Serra, J. M. Clemente-Juan, A. Gaita-Arino, G. Abellán, E. Coronado
Deciphering the Role of Dipolar Interactions in Magnetic Layered Double Hydroxides
Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 2013-2022
44)M. Schirowski, G. Abellán, E. Nuin, J. Pampel, C. Dolle, V. Wedler, T. Fellinger, E. Spiecker, F. Hauke, A. Hirsch
Fundamental Insights into the Reductive Covalent Cross-Linking of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
J. Am. Chem. Soc 2018, 140, 3352-3360
43)E. Nuin, V. Lloret, K. Amsharov, F. Hauke, G. Abellán, A. Hirsch Isomerically Pure Star-Shaped Triphenylene-Perylene Hybrids Involving Highly Extended π ConjugationChem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 4671-4679
42)G. Abellán, M. Schirowski, K. F. Edelthalhammer, M. Fickert, K. Werbach, H. Peterlik, F. Hauke, A. Hirsch Unifying Principles of the Reductive Covalent Graphene FunctionalizationJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 139, 5175-5182
41)J. A. Carrasco, G. Abellán, E. Coronado Influence of morphology in the magnetic properties of layered double hydroxidesJ. Mater. Chem. C 2018,
40)P. Ares, J. J. Palacios, G. Abellán, J. Gómez-Herrero, F. Zamora Recent Progress on Antimonene: A New Bidimensional MaterialAdv. Mater. 2018,
39)G. Abellán, S. Wild, V. Lloret, N. Scheuschner, R. Gillen, U. Mundloch, J. Maultzsch, M. Varela, F. Hauke, A. Hirsch Fundamental Insights into the Degradation and Stabilization of Thin Layer Black PhosphorusJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 10432-10440
38)B. G. Márkus, F. Simon, K. Nagy, T. Fehér, S. Wild, G. Abellán, J. C. Chacón-Torres, A. Hirsch, F. Hauke Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Black PhosphorusPhys. Status Solidi B 2017, 254, 1700232
37)G. Abellán, C. Neiss, V. Lloret, S. Wild, J. C. Chacón-Torres, K. Werbach, F. Fedi, H. Shiozawa, A. Görling, H. Peterlik, T. Pichler, F. Hauke, A. Hirsch Exploring the Formation of Black Phosphorus Intercalation Compounds with Alkali MetalsAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 15267-15273
36)J. Romero, D. R. San-Miguel, A. Ribera, R. Mas-Ballesté, T. F. Otero, I. Manet, F. Licio, G. Abellán, F. Zamora, E. Coronado Metal-functionalized covalent organic frameworks as precursors of supercapacitive porous N-doped grapheneJ. Mater. Chem. A. 2017, 5, 4343-4351
35)G. Abellán, P. Ares, S. Wild, E. Nuin, C. Neiss, D. R. San Miguel, P. Segovia, C. Gibaja, E. Michel, A. Görling, F. Hauke, J. Gomez-Herrero, A. Hirsch, F. Zamora Noncovalent Functionalization and Charge Transfer in AntimoneneAngew. Chem. Int. Ed 2017, 56, 14389-14394
34)G. Abellán, V. Lloret, U. Mundloch, M. Marcia, C. Neiss, A. Görling, M. Varela, F. Hauke, A. Hirsch
Noncovalent Functionalization of Black Phosphorus
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 14557-14562
33)M. Marcia, C. Vinh, C. Dolle, G. Abellán, J. Schönamsgruber, T. Schunk, B. Butz, E. Spiecker, F. Hauke, A. Hirsch
Highly Integrated Organic–Inorganic Hybrid Architectures by Noncovalent Exfoliation of Graphite and Assembly with Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles
Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 3, 1600365
32)J. A. Carrasco, J. Romero, M. Varela, F. Hauke, G. Abellán, A. Hirsch, E. Coronado Alkoxide-intercalated NiFe-layered double hydroxides magnetic nanosheets as efficient water oxidation electrocatalystsInorg. Chem. Front. 2016, 3, 478-487
31)J. A. Carrasco, J. Romero, M. Varela, F. Hauke, G. Abellán, A. Hirsch, E. Coronado Correction: Alkoxide-intercalated NiFe-layered double hydroxides magnetic nanosheets as efficient water oxidation electrocatalystsInorg. Chem. Front. 2016, 3, 556-557
30)J. A. Carrasco, H. Prima-Garcia, J. Romero, J. Hernández-Saz, S. I. Molina, G. Abellán, E. Coronado CVD synthesis of carbon spheres using NiFe-LDHs as catalytic precursors: structural, electrochemical and magnetoresistive propertiesJ. Mater. Chem. C 2016, 4, 440-448
29)C. Gibaja, D. Rodriguez-San-Miguel, P. Ares, J. Gómez-Herrero, M. Varela, R. Gillen, J. Maultzsch, F. Hauke, A. Hirsch, G. Abellán, F. Zamora Few-Layer Antimonene by Liquid-Phase ExfoliationAng. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 14345-14349
28)G. Abellán, H. Prima-García, E. Coronado Graphene enhances the magnetoresistance of FeNi3nanoparticles in hierarchical FeNi3 extendashgraphene nanocompositesJ. Mater. Chem. C 2016, 4, 2252-2258
27)M. Barrejón, M. J. Gomez-Escalonilla, J. L. G. Fierro, P. Prieto, J. R. Carillo, A. M. Rodríguez, G. Abellán, M. C. López-Escalante, M. Gabás, J. T. López-Navarrete, F. Langa Modulation of the exfoliated graphene work function through cycloaddition of nitrile iminesPhys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 29582-29590
26)J. A. Carrasco, J. Romero, G. Abellán, J. Hernández-Saz, S. I. Molina, C. Martí-Gastaldo, E. Coronado Small-pore driven high capacitance in a hierarchical carbon via carbonization of Ni-MOF-74 at low temperaturesChem. Commun. 2016, 52, 9141-9144
25)K. Hassanein, J. Conesa-Egea, S. Delgado, O. Castillo, S. Benmansour, J. I. Martínez, G. Abellán, C. J. Gómez-García, F. Zamora, P. Amo-Ochoa Electrical Conductivity and Strong Luminescence in Copper Iodide Double Chains with Isonicotinato DerivativesChemistry - A European Journal 2015, n/a-n/a
24)G. Abellán, C. Martí-Gastaldo, A. Ribera, E. Coronado Hybrid Materials Based on Magnetic Layered Double Hydroxides: A Molecular PerspectiveAcc. Chem. Res. 2015, 48, 1601-1611
23)G. Abellán, G. M. Espallargas, G. Lorusso, M. Evangelisti, E. Coronado Layered gadolinium hydroxides for low-temperature magnetic coolingChem. Commun. 2015, 51, 14207-14210
22)D. Hanlon, C. Backes, E. Doherty, C. S. Cucinotta, N. C. Berner, C. Boland, K. Lee, A. Harvey, P. Lynch, Z. Gholamvand, S. Zhang, K. Wang, G. Moynihan, A. Pokle, Q. M. Ramasse, N. McEvoy, W. J. Blau, J. Wang, G. Abellan, F. Hauke, A. Hirsch, S. Sanvito, D. D. O'Regan, G. S. Duesberg, V. Nicolosi, J. N. Coleman Liquid exfoliation of solvent-stabilized few-layer black phosphorus for applications beyond electronicsNat. Commun. 2015, 6, 8563
21)G. Abellán, P. Amo-Ochoa, J. Fierro, A. Ribera, E. Coronado, F. Zamora Self-Assembly of 1D/2D Hybrid Nanostructures Consisting of a Cd(II) Coordination Polymer and NiAl-Layered Double HydroxidesPolymers 2015, 8, 5
20)G. Abellán, J. L. Jordá, P. Atienzar, M. Varela, M. Jaafar, J. Gómez-Herrero, F. Zamora, A. Ribera, H. García, E. Coronado Stimuli-responsive hybrid materials: breathing in magnetic layered double hydroxides induced by a thermoresponsive moleculeChem. Sci. 2015, 6, 1949-1958
19)G. Abellán, J. G. Martínez, T. F. Otero, A. Ribera, E. Coronado A chemical and electrochemical multivalent memory made from FeNi 3-graphene nanocompositesElectrochemistry Communications 2014, 39, 15-18
18)M. Barrejón, M. Vizuete, M. J. Gómez-Escalonilla, J. L. G. Fierro, I. Berlanga, F. Zamora, G. Abellán, P. Atienzar, J. -. Nierengarten, H. García, F. Langa A photoresponsive graphene oxide-C60 conjugateChemical Communications 2014, 50, 9053-9055
17)G. Abellán, J. A. Carrasco, E. Coronado, J. Romero, M. Varela Alkoxide-intercalated CoFe-layered double hydroxides as precursors of colloidal nanosheet suspensions: Structural, magnetic and electrochemical propertiesJournal of Materials Chemistry C 2014, 2, 3723-3731
16)G. Abellán, J. A. Carrasco, E. Coronado, J. P. Prieto-Ruiz, H. Prima-García In-Situ Growth of Ultrathin Films of NiFe-LDHs: Towards a Hierarchical Synthesis of Bamboo-Like Carbon NanotubesAdvanced Materials Interfaces 2014, 1, n/a-n/a
15)G. Abellán, E. Coronado, C. Martí-Gastaldo c, A. Ribera, J. L. Jordá, H. García Photo-switching in a hybrid material made of magnetic layered double hydroxides intercalated with azobenzene moleculesAdvanced Materials 2014, 26, 4156-4162
14)G. Abellán, J. A. Carrasco, E. Coronado, H. Prima-García Synthesis of FeNi3 nanoparticles in benzyl alcohol and their electrical and magnetic propertiesJournal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology 2014, 70, 292-299
13)G. Abellán, E. Coronado, C. J. Gómez-García, C. Martí-Gastaldo, A. Ribera Intercalation of cobalt(II)-tetraphenylporphine tetrasulfonate complex in magnetic NiFe-layered double hydroxidePolyhedron 2013, 52, 216-221
12)G. Abellán, E. Coronado, C. Martí-Gastaldo, J. Waerenborgh, A. Ribera Interplay between chemical composition and cation ordering in the magnetism of Ni/Fe layered double hydroxidesInorganic Chemistry 2013, 52, 10147-10157
11)G. Abellán, E. Coronado, C. Martí-Gastaldo, A. Ribera, T. F. Otero Magnetic nanocomposites formed by FeNi3 nanoparticles embedded in graphene. Application as supercapacitorsParticle and Particle Systems Characterization 2013, 30, 853-863
10)G. Abellán, J. A. Carrasco, E. Coronado Room temperature magnetism in layered double hydroxides due to magnetic nanoparticlesInorganic Chemistry 2013, 52, 7828-7830
9)G. Abellán, M. Latorre-Sánchez, V. Fornés, A. Ribera, H. García Graphene as a carbon source effects the nanometallurgy of nickel in Ni,Mn layered double hydroxide-graphene oxide compositesChemical Communications 2012, 48, 11416-11418
8)G. Abellán, F. Busolo, E. Coronado, C. Martí-Gastaldo, A. Ribera Hybrid magnetic multilayers by intercalation of Cu(II) phthalocyanine in LDH hostsJournal of Physical Chemistry C 2012, 116, 15756-15764
7)G. Abellán, E. Coronado, C. Martí-Gastaldo, A. Ribera, J. F. Sánchez-Royo Layered double hydroxide (LDH)-organic hybrids as precursors for low-temperature chemical synthesis of carbon nanoformsChemical Science 2012, 3, 1481-1485
6)A. E. Palomares, C. Franch, A. Ribera, G. Abellán NO x selective catalytic reduction at high temperatures with mixed oxides derived from layered double hydroxidesCatalysis Today 2012, 191, 47-51
5)M. Latorre-Sanchez, P. Atienzar, G. Abellán, M. Puche, V. Fornés, A. Ribera, H. García The synthesis of a hybrid graphene-nickel/manganese mixed oxide and its performance in lithium-ion batteriesCarbon 2012, 50, 518-525
4)G. Abellán, H. García, C. J. Gómez-García, A. Ribera Photochemical behavior in azobenzene having acidic groups. Preparation of magnetic photoresponsive gelsJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 2011, 217, 157-163
3)G. Abellán, E. Coronado, C. Martí-Gastaldo, E. Pinilla-Cienfuegos, A. Ribera Hexagonal nanosheets from the exfoliation of Ni2+-Fe 3+ LDHs: A route towards layered multifunctional materialsJournal of Materials Chemistry 2010, 20, 7451-7455
2)G. Abellán, A. I. Carrillo, N. Linares, E. Serrano, J. García-Martínez Hierarchical control of porous silica by pH adjustment: Alkyl polyamines as surfactants for bimodal silica synthesis and its carbon replicaJournal of Solid State Chemistry 2009, 182, 2141-2148
1)G. Abellán, A. I. Carrillo, N. Linares, J. G. Martínez Bimodal macro- mesoporous silica network 2008, 552-555