Luis C. 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

  • 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, 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