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Functional surfaces and coatings

To provide surfaces with additional functionalities beyond the traditional decorative or protective ones is a key issue in science and technology. In particular, surface properties present relevant and specific scientific challenges that must be understood in depth prior to their implementation in devices. Paving the way towards a systematic functionalization of surfaces of active materials, via patterning and/or chemical modification techniques, will lead to obtaining specific and tailored magnetic, optical and mechanical responses in these materials upon the application of the pertinent stimulus. In this context, BCMaterials is working on the investigation of patterned surfaces and films and well as on the functional surface modification following a wide variety of methods, including chemical and physical deposition and printing techniques, among others.


Moneo-Corcuera, Andrea Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: andrea.moneo@bcmaterials.net

Dr. Andrea Moneo is graduated in Chemistry and Master in Nanostructured Materials from the University of Zaragoza. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry (2019) at Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), with a thesis on bistable molecular materials. She is currently working at BCMaterials, focusing her research on the surface science and the study of the biomaterials interfaces.

Morales, Rafael Ikerbasque Research Professor – UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: rafael.morales@ehu.eus

Nanopatterning (electron beam and interference lithography), thin film deposition, magnetic nanostructure characterization.

Rafael Morales received his Ph. D degree in Physics from the University of Oviedo, Spain, in 2002. He was awarded with a Fulbright and a Marie Curie fellowship to work at the University of California, San Diego. He joined University of Oviedo and Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center, CINN, Spain, in 2007. Since 2010, he works at the University of the Basque Country as Ikerbasque Research Professor. He has experience in the fabrication of magnetic heterostructures by physical vapour deposition techniques, magnetic analysis by magnetometry and magneto-optical methods and nanopatterning lithography procedures. His research interests are focused on dimensionality effects in nanoscale magnetic structures, exchange coupled systems with in-plane and out-of-plane anisotropy and the potential of magnetic nanostructures in biomedical applications.

Interests and objetives
Research on magnetic properties of magnetically coupled heterostructures: thin films and nanostructures.
Biomedical application of magnetic nanostructures.

Curriculum Vitae

Porro, José María Ikerbasque Research Fellow
Email: jm.porro@bcmaterials.net

Physics PhD in Materials Science, from the University of the Basque Country (2014), developed in the nanomagnetism group at CIC nanoGUNE in Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain. Post-doctoral experience for 3.5 years at the ISIS neutron and muon source of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Science and Technology Facilities Council, of the United Kingdom. Visiting scientist for three years at the i10 beamline of the Diamond Light Source, the synchrotron facility of the United Kingdom. Currently Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the BCMaterials.

His expertise is focalized in nanomagnetism, with demonstrated hands-on experience in the design and fabrication of micro and nano-patterned structures, as well as in their characterization by means of standard lab-based techniques, combined with a strong experience in the usage of large scale structures such as neutron and synchrotron sources to complement the characterization of the materials. In particular, he has experience in preparing, submitting and performing neutron scattering and synchrotron-based experiments in the following centres: Institute Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France), ISIS neutron and muon source (Oxfordshire, UK), SPring-8 synchrotron (Hyogo, Japan), ALBA synchrotron (Barcelona, Spain), Diamond Light Source (Oxfordshire, UK), NSLS-II synchrotron (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA), SOLEIL synchrotron (París, France) and Advanced Light Source (Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory, USA).

He has secured funding as a PI of an H2020 project (MSCA-IF-EF-ST), and as researcher in international (EPSRC, UK), national (MINECO) and regional (ELKARTEK) projects. He has published several manuscripts in indexed journals with a strong percentage of them in Q1, with an h-index of 9, and has presented his work as invited and oral speaker in several international and national conferences in the area of magnetism and material sciences.

Research interests
Currently, I am involved in the study of the effect of patterning in the properties of magnetic shape memory alloys thanks to a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship obtained through the EU Horizon2020 program. My general interests lie in the fields of nanomagnetism, nanofabrication, micromagnetic modelling and magnetization dynamics.

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Río-López, Natalia Ahiova Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: natalia.rio@bcmaterials.net

Natalia Río López graduated in Chemistry in 2019 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). Her degree thesis was on “Synthesis and characterization of carbon nanomaterials for its use in supercapacitors”. Afterwards, she continued her studies with a masters´ degree in New Materials, which she finished developing a thesis on “Ferromagnetic shape memory alloys for its use as micro and nanoactuators” at BCMaterials and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

Currently, she is starting her PhD focused on the development of smart and tunable surfaces made of magnetic shape memory alloys.

Rosero Romo, James Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: james.rosero@bcmaterials.net

J.J. Rosero-Romo, received the title of Physical Engineer in 2016, and his M.Eng. in Materials and Process Engineering in 2019 from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellìn and candidate to a student of the PhD. in science and technology in 2021 in the Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. From 2016 to 2020, he worked for the Facultad de Minas, laboratory of Biomaterials in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellìn. His research interests include Biosensors, methods electrochemistry and technique characterization of materials.

“Currently, I am involved in MULTI-FUN project, to the development of novel materials and progress of Additive Manufacturing, my other interest lies in the field of surfaces modification and development of biosensors.”

Areas of action

  • Engineering and Technology – Nanotechnology – Nanomaterials (Production and Properties)
  • Medical and health sciences – Biotechnology in health – Biomaterials (related to implants, devices, biosensors)


  • Research and development

Operation of: The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Carl zeiss, Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) Park System NX 10, microRaman confocal spectrometer HORIBA and Knowledge in Electrochemical Techniques.

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o Material characterization



Teijido Fernández, Ruben Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: ruben.teijido@bcmaterials.net

Rubén Teijido Fernández received his Chemistry graduate (2019) and his Master´s degree in New Materials (2020), both from “Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)” in Leioa, Spain. In 2017 h started to collaborate with the Chemistry Physics department in its macromolecular chemistry research group under the supervision of associate professor Leire Ruiz Rubio and department director Jose Luis Vilas Vilela. Since then he has followed diverse investigation lines gaining experience with the most commonly employed methodologies and techniques in polymer science. Once a proper initial experience was achieved, he focused his work in hybrid biopolymer-inorganic hydrogel systems, developing both his grade and master’s thesis in developing and studying chitosan-polyoxometalate hybrid hydrogels. In September 2020 he joined BCMaterials as predoctoral researcher to develop his thesis in the developing of alginate-based anticorrosion coatings for metallic pieces under the supervision of Qi Zhang (BCMaterials) and Leire Ruiz Rubio (UPV/EHU).

Currently, besides his recently started predoctoral research, he is still involved with macromolecular chemistry department at UPV/EHU, following the research line of developing new multifunctional hybrid hydrogels with applications in biomedicine.

His abilities include the synthesis and characterization of hybrid hydrogels, including: thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), diferential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamical mechanical analysis (DMA), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and contact angle, among others.



Zhang, Qi Ikerbasque Research Professor
Email: qi.zhang@bcmaterials.net

Q. Zhang graduated in physical chemistry at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China in 1982. He received his MSc in inorganic materials at Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China in 1986. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemistry at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 1995. He is now an Ikerbasque research professor in BCMaterials. Before that, he worked in Cranfield University, UK as a research fellow in 1996, a senior research fellow in 1998, a senior lecturer in 2007, and now a visiting academia. He has been a visiting professor in Wuhan University of Technology, China since 2012.
Zhang’s work is focused on the areas of functional materials for sensors, actuators and electrocaloric cooling, as well as on energy materials for electrochemical energy storage and on coatings for surface engineering. He has published more than 200 ISI papers and 4 chapters in books with a total citation of ~ 4000 and H-factor of 32. Some of his publications appeared in journals with high impact factors, such as, Science, Energy & Environ. Sci., Mater. Sci. and Eng. R: Report, Adv. Funct. Mater., Nano Energy and Nano Lett., among others. In addition, he co-edited the book entitled Electrocaloric Cooling (EC). He received Brian Mercer Feasibility Award, 2009, The Royal Society, UK.

Research Associates

In this research line also take part several Research Associates, that belong to the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and perform part of their activity within BCMaterials. Thus, the work of the different lines is carried out in close collaboration with research groups at the University, promoting excellence and worldwide impact.