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Dr. Mario Gutiérrez Tovar obtained his BS and MS degrees from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM, Spain) in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He completed his PhD on nanoscience and nanotechnology under the supervision of Prof. Abderrazzak Douhal (Femtoscience and Microscopy Group, UCLM) in 2017. His thesis was focused on the ultrafast characterization and photonic applications of new luminescent metal-organic frameworks (LMOFs).

After that, in 2019, he joined as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Multifunctional Materials and Composites Lab (MMC Lab, Department of Engineering Science), led by Prof. Jin-Chong Tan, at the prestigious University of Oxford (United Kingdom). During that period, he continued working with LMOFs by synthesising and characterising new materials with promising applications in the field of sensors (healthcare purposes) and more efficient optoelectronic devices (MOF-LEDs).

He has recently (2021) re-joined the Femtoscience and Microscopy Group (Toledo, UCLM) as an Assistant Professor.

Research & Teaching Activities


42. Gutiérrez, M.; de la Hoz Tomás, M.; Rakshit, S.; Lezama, L.; Cohen, B.; Douhal, A., "Direct Evidence of the Effect of Water Molecules Position in the Spectroscopy, Dynamics, and Lighting Performance of an Eco-Friendly Mn-Based Organic-Inorganic Metal Halide Material for High-Performance LEDs and Solvent Vapor Sensing" Adv. Sci20242400879. (link) 

41. Ben Abdelhadi, A.; Gutiérrez, M.; Cohen, B.; Lezama, L.; Lachkar, M.; Douhal, A., "A New Eco-friendly and Highly Emitting Mn-based Hybrid Perovskite Toward High-Performance Green Down-Converted LEDs" J. Mater. Chem. C2024, 12, 286-295. (link)

40. Sánchez, F.; Gutiérrez, M.*; Douhal, A.*, "Taking Advantage of a Luminescent ESIPT-based Zr-MOF for Fluorochromic Detection of Multiple External Stimuli: Acid & Base Vapors, Mechanical Compression, and TemperatureACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2023,15, 48, 56587–56599. (link)

39. Gutiérrez, M; Díaz, U.; Cohen, B.; Douhal, A., "Synthesis, Characterization & Catalysis of ITQ 2D Metal-Organic Frameworks and Spectroscopy & Photodynamics of their Composites with Organic Dyes" J. Mater. Chem. C 2023, 11, 14043–14069. (Cover) (link)

38. Bhattacharyya, A.; Gutiérrez, M.; Cohen, B.; Szalad, H.; Albero, J.; García H.; Iglesias, M.; Douhal, A., "Unraveling the Optimal Cerium Content for Boosting the Photoresponse Activity of Mixed-Metal Zr/Ce-Based Metal–Organic Frameworks through a Photodynamic and Photocurrent Correlation: Implications on Water Splitting Efficiency" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2023, 15, 30, 36434–36446. (link)

37. Sherman, D.A.; Gutiérrez, M.; Griffiths, I.; Mollick, S.; Amin, N.; Douhal, A.; Tan J.C., "Guest Entrapment in Metal-Organic Nanosheets for Quantifiably Tuneable Luminescence", Adv. Funct. Mater., 2023, 2214307. (link)

36. Rakshit, S.; Cohen, B.; Gutiérrez, M.; El-Ballouli, A.; Douhal, A., "Deep Blue and Highly Emissive ZnS-Passivated InP QDs: Facile Synthesis, Characterization and Deciphering their Ultrafast-to-Slow Photodynamics" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2023, 15, 2, 3099-3111. (link)

35. Gutiérrez, M. †; di Nunzio, M. †; Caballero-Mancebo, E.; Sánchez, F.; Cohen, B.; Douhal, A., "Disentangling the Complex Photodynamics of Mixed-Linker Zr-MOFs - Efficient Energy and Charge Transfer Processes" J. Mater. Chem. C 202311, 183-195. †Equal Contribution. (link)

34. Gutiérrez, M.; Lian, Z.; Cohen, B.; Sakamoto, M.; Douhal, A., "Hot Hole Transfer at Plasmonic Semiconductor/Semiconductor Interface" Nanoscale 2023, 15, 657-666. (link)

33. Möslein, A.F.; Gutiérrez, M.; Titov, K.; Doná, L.; Civalleri, B.; Frogley, M.D.; Cinque, C.; Rudic, S.; Tan, J.C., "A Multimodal Study on the Unique Sensing Behavior of a Guest@Metal-Organic Framework Material for the Detection of Volatile Acetone", Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 2023, 2201401. (link)

32. Sánchez, F.; Gutiérrez, M.*; Douhal, A.*, "Novel Approach for Detecting Vapors of Acids and Bases with Proton-Transfer Luminescent Dyes Encapsulated within MOFs" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2022, 14, 37, 4265642670. (link)

31. Bhattacharyya, A.†; Gutiérrez, M.†; Cohen, B.; Valverde-González, A.; Iglesias, M.; Douhal, A., "How does the Metal Doping in Mixed Metal MOFs Influence their Photodynamics? A Direct Evidence for Improved Photocatalysts" Mater. Today Energy 202229, 101125†Equal Contribution.(link)

30. Gutiérrez, M.; Zhang, Y.;  Tan, J.C. " Confinement of Luminescent Guests in Metal-Organic Frameworks: Understanding Pathways from Synthesis and Multimodal Characterization to Potential Applications of LG@MOF Systems" Chem. Rev. 2022, 122, 11, 10438–10483. (link)

29. Gutiérrez, M. †; García, E.†; Monterde, C.; Sánchez, F.; Douhal, A., "Modulating the Spectroscopy and Dynamics of a Proton-Transfer Dye by Functionalizing with Phenyl Groups" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2022, 24, 6828-6835. †Equal Contribution. (link)

28. di Nunzio, M. ; Gutiérrez, M. ; Moreno, J.M.; Corma, A.; Díaz. U.; Douhal, A., "Interrogating the Behaviour of a Styryl Dye Interacting with a Mesoscopic 2D-MOF and Its Luminescent Vapochromic SensingInt. J. Mol. Sci., 202223 (1), 330. Equal Contribution. (link)

27. Caballero, R.; Cohen, B.: Gutiérrez, M.*, "Thiophene-based Covalent Organic Frameworks: Synthesis, Photophysics and Light-Driven Applications" Molecules2021, 26 (24), 7666. (Review article) (link)

26. Gutiérrez, M.; Martín, C.; Hofkens, J.; Tan, J.C., "Long-Lived Highly Emissive MOFs as Potential Candidates for Multiphotonic Applications" J. Mater. Chem. C2021, 9, 15463-15469. (Cover) (link)

25. Xiong, T.; Zhang, Y.; Donà, L.; Gutiérrez, M.; Möslein, A.M.; Babal, A.S.; Amin, N.; Civalleri, B.; Tan, J. C., "Tunable Fluorescein-Encapsulated Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-8 Nanoparticles for Solid-State Lighting" ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2021, 4, 10, 10321–10333. (Cover) (link)

24. Suzuki, Y.; Gutiérrez, M.; Tanaka, S.; Gomez, E.; Tohnai, N.; Yasuda, N.; Matubayasi, N.; Douhal, A.; Hisaki, I., "Construction of Isostructural Hydrogen-bonded Organic Frameworks: Limitations and Possibilities of Pore Expansion" Chem. Sci., 202112, 9607-9618 (Cover) (link)

23. Babal, A.S.; Souza, B.E.; Möslein, A.F.; Gutiérrez, M.; Frogley, M.D.; Tan, J.C., “Broadband dielectric behavior of MIL-100 metal-organic framework as a function of structural amorphization” ACS Appl. Electron. Mater. 2021, 3, 3, 1191–1198. (Cover) (link)

22. Gutiérrez, M.; Möslein, A.F.; Tan J.C., “Facile and Fast Transformation of Non-Luminescent to Highly Luminescent MOFs: Acetone Sensing for Diabetes Diagnosis and Lead Capture from Polluted Water” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13 (6), 7801-7811. (link)

21. Piatkowski, P.; Masi, S.; Galar, P.; Gutiérrez, M.; Ngo, T.T.; Mora-Seró, I.; Douhal, A., “Deciphering the role of quantum dot size in the ultrafast charge carrier dynamics at the perovskite–quantum dot interface” J. Mater. Chem. C2020, 8, 14834-14844. (link)

20. Möslein, A.F.; Gutiérrez, M.; Cohen, B.; Tan J.C., “Near-field infrared nanospectroscopy reveals guest confinement in metal-organic framework single crystals” Nano Lett. 2020, 20, 7446-7454. (link)

19. Gutiérrez, M.; Martín, C.; Souza, B.E.; Van der Auweraer, M.; Hofkens, J.; Tan, J.C., “Highly Luminescent Silver-Based MOFs: From scalable eco-friendly synthesis to photonics sensors and electroluminescent devices” Appl. Mater. Today 2020, 100817. (link)

18. Zhang, Y.; Gutiérrez, M.; Chaudhari, A.K.; Tan, J.C., “Dye-Encapsulated Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework (ZIF-71) for Fluorochromic Sensing of Pressure, Temperature, and Volatile Solvents” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 33, 37477–37488. (link)

17. Gutiérrez, M.; Martín, C.; Van der Auweraer, M.; Hofkens, J.; Tan, J.C., “Electroluminescent Guest@MOF Nanoparticles for Thin Film Optoelectronics and Solid-State Lighting” Adv. Optical Mater. 2020, 2000670 (Cover) (link)

16. Gutiérrez, M.; Duploy-Armani, L.; Angiolini, L.; Pintado-Sierra, M.; Sánchez, F.; Douhal A., “Femto- to Millisecond Time-Resolved Photodynamics of a Double-Functionalized Push–Pull Organic Linker: Potential Candidate for Optoelectronically Active MOFs” Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(12), 4366. (link)

15. Gómez, E.; Gutiérrez, M.; Cohen, B.; Hisaki, I.; Douhal, A., “Single Crystal Fluorescence Behavior of a New HOF Material: Potential Candidate for a New LED”, J. Mater. Chem. C 2018, 6, 6929-6939. (Cover) (link)

14. Galar, P.; Piatkowski, P.; Tuyen, T.; Gutiérrez, M.; Mora-Seró, I.; Douhal A., "Perovskite-Quantum Dots Interface: Deciphering its Ultrafast Charge Carrier Dynamics", Nano Energy, 2018, 49, 471-480. (link)

13. Gutierrez, M.; Martín, C.; Kennes, K.; Hofkens, J.; Van der Auweraer, M.; Sánchez, F.; Douhal, A., "New OLEDs Based on Zirconium Metal-Organic Framework", Adv. Opt. Mater. 2018, 6, 1701060. (Cover) (link)

12. Gómez, E. †; Gutiérrez, M. †; Moreno, M.; Hisaki, I.; Nakagawa, S.; Douhal, A., “Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Dehydrobenzo[12]annulene Derivatives Possessing Peripheral Carboxyphenyl Groups: Theory and Experiment”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2018, 20, 7415-7427. †Equal Contribution. (Cover) (link)

11. Gutiérrez, M.; Navarro, R.; Sánchez, F.; Douhal, A., "Photodynamics of Zr-Based MOFs: Effect of Explosive Nitroaromatics", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys2017, 19, 16337. (Cover) (link)

10. Gutiérrez, M.; López-González M.; Sánchez, F.; Douhal, A., "Efficient Light Harvesting within C153@Zr-Based MOF Embedded in a Polymeric Film: Spectral and Dynamical Characterization", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, 19, 17544-17552. (Cover) (link)

9. Santomauro, F. G.; Grilj, J.; Mewes, L.; Nedelcu, G.; Yakunin, S.; Rossi, T.; Capano, G.; Haddad, A. A.; Budarz, J.; Kinschel, D.; Ferreira, D. S.; Rossi, G.; Tovar, M. G.*; Grolimund, D.; Samson, V.; Nachtegaal, M.; Smolentsev, G.; Kovalenko, M. V.; Chergui, M., "Localized Holes and Delocalized Electrons in Photoexcited Inorganic Perovskites: Watching each Atomic Actor by Picosecond X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy", Struct. Dyn2017, 4 (4), 044002. (link)

8. Gutiérrez, M.; Sánchez, F.; Douhal, A., "Competitive Excimer Formation and Energy Transfer in Zr- Based Heterolinker Metal–Organic Frameworks", Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22 (37), 13072-13082. (Cover) (link)

7. Gutiérrez, M.; Sanchez, F.; Douhal, A., "Spectral and Dynamical Properties of a Zr-Based MOF", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18 (7), 5112-5120. (Cover) (link)

6. Gutiérrez, M.; Cohen, B.; Sanchez, F.; Douhal, A., "Photochemistry of Zr-Based MOFs: Ligand-to- Cluster Charge Transfer, Energy transfer and Excimer Formation, What Else is There?", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18 (40), 27761-27774. (Cover) (link)

5. Gutiérrez, M.; Sanchez, F.; Douhal, A., "Efficient Multicolor and White Light Emission from Zr-Based MOF Composites: Spectral and Dynamic Properties", J. Mater. Chem. C 2015, 3 (43), 11300-11310. (Cover) (link)

4. Gutiérrez, M.†; Alarcos, N.†; Liras, M.; Sánchez, F.; Douhal, A., "Switching to a Reversible Proton Motion in a Charge-Transferred Dye", J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, 119 (2), 552-562. †Equal Contribution. (link)

3. Alarcos, N.†; Gutiérrez, M.†; Liras, M.; Sanchez, F.; Moreno, M.; Douhal, A., "Direct Observation of Breaking of the Intramolecular H-Bond, and Slowing Down of the Proton Motion and Tuning its Mechanism in an HBO Derivative", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17 (22), 14569-14581. †Equal Contribution. (link)

2. Alarcos, N.†; Gutiérrez, M.†; Liras, M.; Sanchez, F.; Douhal, A., "An Abnormally Slow Proton Transfer Reaction in a Simple HBO Derivative due to Ultrafast Intramolecular-Charge Transfer Events", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17 (25), 16257-16269. (Portada) †Equal Contribution. (link)

1. Alarcos, N.†; Gutiérrez, M.†; Liras, M.; Sanchez, F.; Douhal, A., "From Intra- to Inter-Molecular Hydrogen Bonds with the Surroundings: Steady-State and Time-Resolved Behaviours", Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2015, 14 (7), 1306-1318. †Equal Contribution. (link)


Book Chapters

1. Di Nunzio, M.R. †; Gutiérrez, M. †; Douhal, A., “Electronic and Molecular Motions in Silica-material Hosts” Chemistry of Silica and Zeolite-Based Materials, Volume 2 in Chemical, Physical and Biological Aspects of Confined Systems, 2019, Pages 273-294.  †Equal Contribution

3. Gutiérrez, M.; Sánchez F.; Douhal, A., "Material Híbrido Para Detectar Vapores de Ácidos y Bases". 2022. P202230514 (Spain). Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. 

2. Gutiérrez, M.; Tan, J.C., “Method of Synthesising Metal Organic Framework and Metal Organic Framework” 2020, N418115GB (UK). University of Oxford.

1. Gutiérrez, M.; Douhal, A., “White Light Emitting Zirconium-based MOFs” 2015, EP15382188. Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha.





2. Title: Desarrollo de MOF-LEDs Eficientes y Sostenibles para el Ahorro Energético

Reference: TED2021-131650B-I00

Funding Source: Agencia Estatal de Investigación y Unión Europea NextGenerationEU

Funded Amount: 195.500 €

Initial and Final Dates: 01/12/2022 - 30/11/2024

Principal Investigator: Abderrazzak Douhal y Mario Gutiérrez


1. Title: Encapsulación de Moléculas ESIPT Fluorescentes en MOFs para la Fabricación de LEDs y Sensores

Reference: SBPLY/21/180501/000108

Funding Source: Unión Europea y JCCM

Funded Amount: 44.850 €

Initial and Final Dates: 01/09/2022 - 31/08/2025

Principal Investigator: Mario Gutiérrez





9. Travel Grant for Attending to Conferences” awarded by the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2020)

8. Best PhD Thesis Award on Science” granted by the University of Castilla-La Mancha (2018), Spain

7. “Best PhD Thesis Award”  granted by the Real Sociedad de Química Española (2017), Spain

6. Best Oral Communication Award” presented at the conference “XI Young Science Symposium” (2017), Spain

5. Travel Grant Scholarship for Attending to Conferences” awarded by the Real Sociedad de Química Española (2017), Spain

4. Best Student (Reconocidos del Consejo Social) of 2016 Prize” awarded by the University of Castilla-La Mancha (2016), Spain

3. “Best Poster Award” presented at the conference “Vth Spanish-Portuguese Workshop on Photochemistry” (2016) International Conference

2. Best Oral Communication Award” presented at the conference “IV Jornadas Doctorales G9” (2016), Spain

1.Best Poster Award” presented at the conference “V Jornadas Doctorales de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha” (2015), University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

2. Guest Editor of the special issue entitled "Spectroscopy and Ultrafast Dynamics at Colloidal and Nanostructured Interfaces", 2022, Frontiers in Chemistry

1. Guest Editor of the special issue entitled “Advances in Optical Functional Metal-Organic Complexes, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) and Coordination Polymers”, 2021, Molecules


1. Thermodynamics and Kinetics (1st year BS degree subject). Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Biochemistry. University of Castilla-La Mancha (Toledo).

2. Enzymology (2nd year BS degree subject). Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Biochemistry. University of Castilla-La Mancha (Toledo).

3. Integrated Laboratory (2nd year BS degree subject). Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Biochemistry. University of Castilla-La Mancha (Toledo)

4. Biophysics (2nd year BS degree subject). Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Biochemistry. University of Castilla-La Mancha (Toledo)