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Interuniversity Master in New Materials

The Interuniversity Master in New Materials is mainly aimed at specialization in the area of new materials. Its objective is to provide a solid training in the most current methodologies for the synthesis, characterization, properties and applications of new materials, in fields as diverse as biomaterials, nanomaterials, intelligent materials, materials for energy, electronics, catalysis, etc. The program enables to make decisions in the scientific and technological development fields as well as to carry out research work in groups.
The master gives direct access to doctoral programs. In addition, R + D + i in Materials is a highly developed field in our country and therefore there are specialization courses and / or summer courses that may be related.

Master’s Degree in Environmental Pollution and Toxicology

The Master’s Degree in Environmental Pollution and Toxicology will train you as a professional in the biological assessment of the health of ecosystem, both marine and fresh water, and terrestrial. This master's degree, which is mainly for research purposes, gives access to the Doctoral Programme on Environmental Pollution and Toxicology of the UPV/EHU.

Master in Biomedical Research

The master in biomedical research offers updated training on the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms involved in the development of the disease, necessary to carry out research that leads to the achievement of valid results and conclusions on topics of biosanitary interest. The master has a clear research orientation as a previous step to doctoral studies giving direct access to the Biomedical Research Doctorate Program.

Master Thesis

2020 Call For Master Scholarships Application And Selection Process
Eligibility Criteria Available Master Projects

As an Excellence Research Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, BCMaterials works in the forefront of the main scientific and technological challenges of current society. We work on the new generation of materials and apply them into (multi)functional solutions and devices for the benefit of society.

Further, our commitment with society also focus on the formation of the new generation of great scientists, together with our colleagues and partners from the UPV/EHU.

In this scope, BCMaterials offers Master Scholarships to perform research in areas as diverse and challenging as materials for sensors and actuators, which are critical for the internet of Things and Industry 4.0; materials for advanced biological and biomedical applications; materials for energy (both generation and storage) or materials for environmental monitoring and remediation.

BCMaterials offers master projects to master students in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Materials and Science in order to develop their Master Thesis within one of its research groups. The Master Projects offered by the different research groups are listed below. Students interested in any of the projects should directly contact the scientist in charge of each project.

Eligible candidates for the Master Projects must be registered master students at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) or at other European Universities, subject to the formalization of an agreement with the corresponding university.

Thus, Master students will integrate highly multidisciplinary research lines, led by highly qualified scientist, to develop:

  • Materials for Advanced Manufacturing and Technologies in which BCMaterials works on the development of smart and multifunctional materials with improved integration through advanced manufacturing processes, such as printing technologies. Self-sensing, self- cleaning and self-repairing materials are being developed and integrated into functional prototypes, among others.
  • Materials for Biomedicine, related to nanoparticle based biomedicine, from hyperthermia to point of care microdevices, as well as on the incorporation of active scaffolds and microenvironments for tissue regeneration.
  • Materials for Energy, focussing on the conversion between solar energy and chemical energy in applications such as perovskite based solar cells; on the development of energy harvesting systems for self-power and wearable sensors, and in materials for Li and Na- batteries, as well as for printable batteries.
  • Materials for Environment, focussing on materials for the three main issues that must be solved in the near future: environmental friendlier materials technologies (circular economy), sensors for environmental monitoring and remediation of contaminated scenarios.

Training in advanced materials is a requisite for the advance of industries with a large technological basis. In this context, the BCMaterials also offers important collaborations with local and International Industries and Technology Centers in Materials.

2020 Call For Master Scholarships

  • Opening: 1 April 2020
  • Deadline: 30 June 2020
  • Resolution: 31 July 2020

The 2020 Master Scholarships Call has now been launched to provide master students in PhysicsChemistryBiology and  Materials Science the opportunity to develop their Master Thesis in the areas of advanced multifunctional materials.

We offer up to 5 scholarships to master students for the master thesis to be done at  BCMaterials.

The scholarship will be of a total amount of 600 EUR per month for up to 5 months. To guarantee the development of the research project in the best conditions, BCMaterials will offer excellent scientific training, a dedicated supervision, regular scientific seminars and colloquia, as well as access to high-level laboratory facilities.

We are looking for highly motivated graduates who are planning to complete their studies with a master degree and are potentially interested in pursuing a doctoral degree at our institution. BCMaterials presently has 19 Ph.D students, who conduct their research in our international environment. (Already completed Master projects can be found here).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduates with a strong interest to start a scientific career in the field of advanced and multifunctional materials and their applications.
  • Candidates should have a good working knowledge of English.
  • Candidates need to have been pre-registered and accepted at an official master degree at any European University. Students to be enrolled at the Master in New Materials, the Master in Biomedical Research or the Master in Environmental Pollution and Toxicology at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU are particularly encouraged to apply. In all cases, an agreement with the University would need to be signed.
  • This scholarship is not compatible with any other grant or funding awarded for the same purpose.

Application And Selection Process:

  • All our master projects are listed below. Click on each project to view the description and the application form.
  • Applicants have to fill the application form at the end of the description of each master project and must include their CV, academic records and motivation and reference letters.
  • A candidate may apply to more than one master project by filling the application form for each project.
  • It is recommended to get in touch with the scientist in charge of each project in order to obtain more detailed information about it.
  • Applications will be accepted until 30 June 2020.
  • The selection process will start right after this deadline and the positions will be awarded on a competitive basis taking into consideration the student’s academic record as well as the rest of the information provided.
  • The resolution will be communicated to the selected candidates by 31 July 2020.


Available Master Projects

Finished Master Projects

Javier López García - Martensitic transformation behavior under magnetic field and magnetocaloric effect in metamagnetic shape Memory alloys

Ander García Díez - Biomedical application of magnetic nanoparticles synthesised by bacteria

Omar Ruiz Ortega - Ferritas con Mn y Zn: Síntesis, Caracterización y Propiedades Magnéticas

Iker Lamas - Preparation and characterization of nanostructured materials for solar cells

Sara del Hoyo - Preparation of polymer multilayer systems to optimize medical devices

Mikel Mugica - Analysis of the Fatigue Cycling on Elastomeric Polymer with Ferromagnetic Particles Composites for Damping Applications

Maria Paz Crespo - Applications of Shape Memory polymers to self-healing surfaces

Paula González - Desarrollo de membranas de intercambio protónico basadas en composites polímero@líquido íonico

Ana María Schönhöbel Sánchez - Magnetic characterization of CexSm1-xFe9Co2Ti alloys for permanent magnets

Claudia Ezquerro - Nanodiscs by colloidal lithography for biomedical applications

Laura Gracia Marcén - Preparation of Au/TiO2nanostructures for incorporation in photoanodes ofhigh efficiency solar cells

David Gandia - Self-Assembly and magnetic response of aligned magnetotactic bacteria

Marc Avila - Assessment of thin-film magnetic sensors for the detection of magnetotactic bacteria.

Sheila Maiz - Hidrogeles inyectables basados en quitosano

Andrade del Olmo - , Multilayer of chitosan and anionic b-cyclodextrin onto polylactic acid (PLLA) for food packaging

Juan Jose Gutierrez - “Degradación térmica de materiales. Caracterización de residuos”

Leixuri Baños - “Polimorfismo en fármacos de consumo habitual: ¿sabemos lo que tomamos?”,

Bosco Rodríguez - “Fabricación y procesamiento de aleaciones metamagnéticas con efecto magnetocalórico para tintas de screen-printing”

Aitor Delgado - “Diseño y fabricación de sensores magnéticos por técnicas de impresión”

Irene Aizpitarte - “Fabricación y caracterización de nanoestructuras para aplicación biomédica”

Xenia Armengol Garin - Impresión de dispositivos electrónicos a escala micro- y nanometrica

Leire Celaya Azcoaga - MOF@Polímero para aplicaciones biomédicas

Natalia Ahiova Rio Lopez - Diseño de superficie en aleaciones con memoria de forma magnética

Esraa Samy Abu Serea Sewlam - Nanocompuestos multirresistentes con propiedades fototérmicas como tejidos bioimitadores

Ruben Teijido Fernandez - Estudio de interacciones polioxometalato-polímero en materiales híbridos

Joseba Totoricaguena Gorriño - Nanostructured thin film-based elements: focus on high frequency applications