Manuel Souto Salom
  Assistant Professor  
  phone: 234 370 728  
  extension: 23 548  
  department: Chemistry  
  office: 15.3.22  
  group: 1 - inorganic functional nanomaterials and organic-inorganic hybrids
1 - information and communication technology
2 - energy and industrial applications
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short CV

Manuel Souto Salom (Valencia, 1988) is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro and CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials. He holds a double degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Valencia (Spain) and from the École de Chimie, Polymères et Matériaux (ECPM) de Strasbourg (France), respectively, doing a research internship at PLAPIQUI (Argentina). He also obtained a Master in Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg conducting his Master thesis at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, Lisbon). In 2016, he obtained his PhD in Materials Science (triple award-winning thesis) at Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) under the supervision of Prof. J. Veciana developing new molecular materials based on organic radicals for different applications in electronics (molecular switches, conductors and rectifiers) conducting two research stays at the National University of Singapore (NUS, Prof. C. Nijhuis group) and at the University of Antwerp. In 2017, he started to work as postdoctoral researcher (Juan de la Cierva fellowship) in the group of Dr. G. Mínguez and Prof. E. Coronado at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol-University of Valencia) designing new TTF-based Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). Since 2019 he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro. His main current research interest is the design and synthesis of new functional electroactive porous frameworks (MOFs & COFs) based on redox-active building blocks for different applications in electronics. He is first author and/or corresponding author on 18 of 31 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary high impact journals and has contributed to about 20 international/national conferences.

selected publications

-  Electrically Conductive Covalent Organic Frameworks: Bridging the Fields of Organic Metals and 2D Materials. M. Souto*, D. F. Perepichka, J. Mater. Chem. C 20219, 10668-10676. Invited contribution. Part of the thematic issue "Materials for molecular electronics and magnetism" in honour of Prof. J. Veciana and Prof. C. Rovira. Link to article.


-  Hexakis-Adducts of [60]Fullerene as Molecular Scaffolds of Polynuclear Spin-Crossover Molecules. M. Palacios-Corella, J. Ramos-Soriano, M. Souto, D. Ananias, J. Calbo, E. Ortí, B. M. Illescas, M. Clemente-León, N. Martín, E. Coronado. Chem. Sci. 2021, 12, 757-766. Link to article.

Chem Sci 2020

Electroactive Organic Building Blocks for the Chemical Design of Functional Porous Frameworks (MOFs & COFs) in Electronics. M. Souto*, K. Strutynski, M. Melle-Franco, J. Rocha. Chem. Eur. J. 202026, 10912–10935. Selected as Review Showcase and Frontspiece in 8th EuChemS special issue. Link to article.



Electronic, Structural and Functional Versatility in Tetrathiafulvalene-Lanthanide Metal-Organic Frameworks. J. Castells-Gil, S. Mañas-Valero, I. J. Vitorica-Yrezabal, D. Ananias, J. Rocha, R. Santiago, S. T. Bromley, J. J. Baldoví, E. Coronado, M. Souto*, G. Mínguez Espallargas. Chem. Eur. J. 201925, 12636–12643. Hot Paper. Link to article.


Design of cost-efficient and photocatalytically active Zn-based MOFs decorated with Cu2O nanoparticles for CO2 methanation. M. Cabrero-Antonino, S. Remiro-Buenamañana, M. Souto, A. A. García-Valdivia, D. Choquesillo-Lazarte, S. Navalón, A. Rodríguez-Diéguez, G. Mínguez Espallargas, H. García. Chem. Commun. 201955, 10932-10935. Link to article

Charge transfer interactions between fullerenes and a mesoporous tetrathiafulvalene-based metal-organic framework. M. Souto*, J. Calbo, S. Mañas-Valero, A. Walsh, G. Mínguez Espallargas. Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 201910, 1883-1893. Part of the thematic issue "New directions for nanoporous materials"Link to article.



Influence of interpenetration on the flexibility of MUV-2. M. Vicent-Morales, I. J. Vitórica-Yrezábal, M. Souto*, G. Mínguez Espallargas. CrystEngComm 2019, 21, 3031-3035. Link to article.


Breathing-Dependent Redox Activity in a Tetrathiafulvale-Based Metal-Organic FrameworkM. Souto, J. Romero, J. Calbo, I. J. Vitorica-Yrezabal, J. L. Zafra, J. Casado, E. Ortí, A. Walsh, G. Mínguez Espallargas. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018140, 10562-10569. Link to article.


A Highly Stable and Hierarchical Tetrathiafulvalene-based Metal-Organic Framework with Improved Performance as Solid CatalystM. Souto, A. Santiago-Portillo, M. Palomino, I. Vitorica-Yrezabal, B. J. C. Vieira, J. C. Waerenborgh, S. Valencia, S. Navalón, F. Rey, H. García, G. Mínguez Espallargas. Chem. Sci. 20189, 2413-2418. Front cover. Link to article and press release.


Role of the open-shell character in the pressure-induced conductivity in an organic radical D-A dyadM. Souto, M. C. Gullo, H. Cui, N. Casati, F. Montisci, H. O. Jeschke, R. Valentí, I. Ratera, C. Rovira, J. Veciana. Chem. Eur. J. 201824, 5500-5505. Link to article


- Influence of the Donor Unit on the Rectification Ratio in Tunnel Junctions Based on D-A SAMs using PTM Units as AcceptorsM. Souto, V. Díez-Cabanes, L. Yuan, A. Kyvik, I. Ratera, C. A. Nijhuis, J. Cornil, J. Veciana. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2018, 20, 25638-25647. Selected as 2018 PCCP Hot Articles. Link to article


Conflicting evidence for ferroelectricity. G. D’Avino, M. Souto, M. Masino, J. K. H. Fischer, I. Ratera, X. Fontrodona, G. Giovannetti, M. J. Verstraete, A. Painelli, P. Lunkenheimer, J. Veciana, A. Girlando. Nature 2017547, E9-E10. Link to article and press release.


Tuning the Rectification Ratio by Changing the Electronic Nature (Open-Shell and Closed-Shell) in Donor-Acceptor SAMsM. Souto, L. Yuan, D. Morales, L. Jiang, I. Ratera, C. Nijhuis, J. Veciana. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139, 4262-4265. Link to article.


Tetrathiafulvalene–Polychlorotriphenylmethyl Dyads: Influence of Bridge and Open-Shell Characteristics on Linear and Nonlinear Optical PropertiesM. Souto, J. Calbo, I. Ratera, E. Ortí, J. Veciana. Chem. Eur. J. 201723, 11067-11075. Link to article.


TTF-PTM dyads: from switched molecular self-assembly to radical conductors in solid stateM. Souto, C. Rovira, I. Ratera, J. Veciana. CrystEngComm 201719, 197-206. Front cover. Link to article.


Pressure-Induced Conductivity Conductivity in a Neutral Non-Planar Spin-Localized RadicalM. Souto, H. Cui, M. Peña-Álvarez, V. G. Baonza, H. O. Jeschke, M. Tomic, R. Valentí, D. Blasi, I. Ratera, C. Rovira, J. Veciana. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11517-11525. Link to article and press release.


Three Redox States of a Diradical A-D-A Triad: Gating the Magnetic Coupling and the Electron DelocalizationM. Souto, V. Lloveras, S. Vela, M. Fumanal, I. Ratera, J. Veciana. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2016, 7,2234-2239. Link to article.


Self-assembled architectures with segregated donor and acceptor units of a dyad based on a monopyrrolo-annulated TTF-PTM radicalM. Souto, M. Solano, I. Ratera, M. Jensen, D. Bendixen, F. Delchiaro, A. Girlando, A. Painelli, J. O. Jeppesen, C. Rovira and J. Veciana.  Chem. Eur. J. 201521, 8816-8825. Link to article.


Intramolecular electron transfer and charge delocalization in bistable donor–acceptor systems based on perchlorotriphenylmethyl radicals linked to ferrocene and tetrathiafulvalene unitsM. Souto*, D. Morales, J. Guasch, I. Ratera, C. Rovira, A. Painelli, and J. Veciana. J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2014,27, 465-469. Front cover. Link to article.


Thermomagnetic Molecular System Based on a TTF-PTM RadicalM. Souto, J. Guasch, V. Lloveras, P. Mayorga, J. T. López Navarrete, J. Casado, I. Ratera, C. Rovira, A. Painelli, J. Veciana. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 20134, 2721-2726. Link to article.


Intra- and Intermolecular Charge Transfer in Aggregates of Tetrathiafulvalene-Triphenylmethyl Radical Derivatives in Solution. J. Guasch, L. Grisanti, M. Souto, V. Lloveras, J. Vidal-Gancedo, I. Ratera, A. Painelli, C. Rovira, J. Veciana. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 6958-6967. Link to article.


Induced Self-assembly of a Tetrathiafulvalene-based Open-Shell Dyad through an Intramolecular Electron Transfer. J. Guasch, L. Grisanti, V. Lloveras, J. Vidal-Gancedo, M. Souto, D. Morales, M. Vilaseca, C. Sissa, A. Painelli, I. Ratera, C. Rovira and J. Veciana. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201251, 1-6 . Link to article.


Awards and fellowships
  • European Award on Molecular Magnetism Doctoral Thesis (ADocMolMag 2020). European Institute of Molecular Magnetism (EIMM).
  • PhD Extraordinary Award. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).  
  • First runner-up NanoMatMol PhD AwardSpanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) and Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF).
  • Juan de la Cierva-Formación and APOSTD postdoctoral Fellowships. Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
  • FPU and JAE PhD Fellowships. Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and Spanish Research Council (CSIC).
  • Fellowships granted for R&D internship programs. (Boussole Alsace and Erasmus Internship Program).
  • Scholarship to obtain a double degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (only two granted per year). University of Valencia and ECPM of Strasbourg.

5 invited talks, 8 oral contributions and 7 poster presentations to national and international conferences such as EsMolNa (2012, Cuenca), ECMM (2013, Karlsruhe), ISCOM (2015, Bad Gögging), ICMM (2016, Sendai, Invited as Rising Star), EuCheMS (2016, Sevilla), EuroMOF (2017, Delft), docMOF (2018, Raitenhaslach), ENMM (2018, Torremolinos, Invited by RSEQ), ACIN (2018, Namur), HYMA (2019, Sitges), ISCOM (2019, Tomar), Future Materials (2020, Lisbon, Invited), EsMolNa (2021, Benidorm, Invited), (ENSPQ, 2021, Braga, Invited).

Teaching activity
  • Professor of General Chemistry Laboratory. 1st year of "Eng. Física" and "Eng. do Ambiente". 6h/week. 2021 (84 hours). 
  • Professor of Biophysical Chemistry. 2nd year of “Licenciatura em Bioquímica" and "Biotecnologia”, Universidade de Aveiro (UA), 6h/week. 2020 (84 hours).
  • Professor of Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 3rd year of “Licenciatura em Bioquímica” (Biochemistry) and "Engenharia Química" (Chemical Engineering), Universidade de Aveiro (UA), 6h/week. 2019 (78 hours), 2020 (72 hours).
  • Professor of General Chemistry Laboratory. 1st year of “Grado en Biotecnología” (Biotechnology), Universidad de Valencia (UV), 2018 (30 hours).
  • Professor of General Chemistry Laboratory. 1st year of “Grado en Farmacia” (Pharmacy), Universidad de Valencia (UV), 2018 (15 hours).
  • Professor of Experimentation in Chemistry. 2nd year of “Grado de Química” (Chemistry), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), 2016 (32 hours).
  • Experience supervising 2 PhD students, 2 young researchers (BI), 4 Master theses in Chemistry (one marked with honours), 6 final year projects in Chemistry and 2 Erasmus students.
  • Training program: "Docência +" (Ed. 2020). Universidade do Minho - Universidade de Aveiro.
outreach activities

Evaluator of Research Proposals for the National Science Centre Poland (NCN). Reviewer in Acc. Chem. Res., Coord. Chem. Rev., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., CrystEngComm. Certificate of completion of the course ACS Reviewer Lab.


Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Spanish Royal Society of Chemsitry (RSEQ) and Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ).

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