Luis Garzon Tovar, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interest

Design and synthesis of new heterogeneous catalysts based on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and MOFs-derived materials. 

Selected Publications

  • An Efficient Metal–Organic Framework‐Derived Nickel Catalyst for the Light Driven Methanation of CO2. Khan, I-S., Mateo, D., Shterk, G., Shoinkhorova, T., Poloneeva, D., Garzón‐Tovar, L., Gascon, J. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 60, 26476-26482, 2021
  • Solution processable metal–organic frameworks for mixed matrix membranes using porous liquids. Knebel, A., Bavykina, A., Datta, S. J., Sundermann, L., Garzón-Tovar, L.; Lebedev, Y., Durini, S., Ahmad, R., Kozlov, S. M., Shterk, G., Karunakaran, M., Carja, I. D., Simic, D., Weilert, I., Klüppel, M., Giese, U., Cavallo, L., Rueping, M., Eddaoudi, M., Caro, J., Gascon, J. Nature Materials, 19 (12), 1346-1353, 2020
  • A MOF@COF Composite with Enhanced Uptake through Interfacial Pore Generation. Garzón-Tovar, L., Pérez-Carvajal, J., Yazdi, A., Hernández-Muñoz, J., Tarazona, P., Imaz, I., Zamora, F., Maspoch, D. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 58, 9512, 2019
  • Photothermal activation of Metal-Organic Frameworks using a UV-Vis light source. Espín, J., Garzón-Tovar, L., Carne-Sánchez, A., Imaz, I. and Maspoch, D. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10, 9555-9562, 2018
  • Composite Salt in Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks for Adsorption Heat Transformation. Garzón-Tovar, L., Pérez-Carvajal, J., Imaz, I. and Maspoch, D. Advanced Functional Materials, 27, 1606424, 2017
  • Spray Drying for Making Covalent Chemistry: Postsynthetic Modification of Metal–Organic Frameworks. Garzón-Tovar, L., Rodríguez-Hermida, S., Imaz, I. and Maspoch, D. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139, 897-903, 2017


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, 2018
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, University of the Andes, Colombia, 2013
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, National University of Colombia, Colombia, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2021: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Special award for Doctoral Thesis 2017-2018, Autonomous University of Barcelona

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Center(KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering(PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Nanoporous materials Heterogeneous catalysis crystal design synthesis and functionalization crystal structure determination catalysis