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Active and smart materials

Active and smart materials are at the core of the on-going rapid technological development. Shape memory, magnetocaloric and elastocaloric materials, piezoelectric, magnetoelectric, and self-healing materials as well as multifunctional hydrogels are being developed. A deep understating on the structural and molecular modifications behind the active responses allows tailoring materials responses.


Campos-Arias, Lía Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: lia.campos@bcmaterials.net

Lía Campos-Arias finished her Chemistry degree in 2017 at the University of Basque Country. Her bachelor thesis, carried out in Inorganic Chemistry department, was about developing sodiumvanadium fluorophosphates family cathodes with graphene covering for Na-ion batteries. From it resulted a communication in poster format for the Biennial Reunion of Spanish Chemical Royal Society in 2017.
After that, she did a Master in Energies and fuels for the future at the Autonomous University of Madrid and she concluded it in 2018. She did the Master thesis in the Institute of Material Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) related with the microstructure optimization of piezoelectric ceramic materials for energy harvesting.
Finishing her studies, she collaborated in the MOLEMAT project (Molecularly Engineered Materials and process for Perovskite solar cell technology) at the BCMaterials during 8 months, working with 2D perovskite solar cells. Afterwards she worked at VITO, an independent Flemish research organization in the area of cleantech and sustainable development, during 6 months. Her work there consisted in the optimization of CO2 electroreduction to obtain formic acid, which is part of an EU project co-directed by several Universities and Research companies from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and United Kingdom.
Currently, she is developing her PhD studies in the area of conformable printed electronics at the BCMaterials.

de la Caba, Koro UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: koro.delacaba@ehu.eus
Prof. Koro de la Caba received a BSc in Chemistry (Macromolecules specialty) from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 1991 and a PhD in Science (New Materials and Processes Program) at the UPV/EHU in 1998 (Extraordinary Doctorate Award). Her current position corresponds to a Full Professor at the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department in the School of Engineering of Gipuzkoa in Donostia-San Sebastián. Currently, she is head of BIOMAT research group at the UPV/EHU. Her research focuses on various aspects of materials, especially proteins and polysaccharides, including valorization, modification, manufacture and characterization, with the aim of contributing to the development of competitive and sustainable products and processes for food (active packaging) and biomedical applications (tissue engineering).

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García Díez, Ander Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: ander.garcia@bcmaterials.net

Ander García Díez obtained his BSc. in Physics (2014) and MSc. in New Materials (2015), both from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). His final degree thesis (TFG) and master thesis (TFM) revolved around the application of magnetic nanoparticles in magnetic hypertermia, both under the supervision of Prof. Mª Luisa Fernández-Gubieda.

Later (2019), he obtained his degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). On October 2019, he joined BCMaterials as a Predoctoral researcher to
work on active and smart materials.

García Franco, Andrés Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: andres.garcia@bcmaterials.net

Andrés García Franco graduated in Chemistry in 2020 at the University of Murcia (UMU). His final grade work was the study of the electrocatalytic capacity of gold nanoparticles in the oxygen reduction reaction using square wave voltammetry.

He finished the Master in New Materials in 2021 at the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the University of Cantabria (UC). He development his final master work at BCMaterials with the title of “Fabrication and Characterization of ThMn12-type compounds for his applications as permanent magnets”.

Currently, he is developing my PhD studies in the area of advanced functional materials at the BCMaterials.


Interest and objectives

  • Development in new magnetic materials without critical raw materials with optimal magnetic properties.
  • Recycling and reutilization of existing magnetic materials.


Guerrero, Pedro UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: pedromanuel.guerrero@ehu.eus
Dr. Pedro Guerrero is a Chemical Engineer and PhD in Renewable Materials Engineering from the University of the Basque Country. He has developed his research in industry (1995-2009) in the area of adhesives and printed circuit boards in EUREKA projects. Since 2009 he is a researcher of BIOMAT Group in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at UPV/EHU. His work is focused on the valorization of industrial by-products or biowastes to obtain raw materials, the modification of biopolymers to improve their functional properties, the optimization of processing conditions of biomaterials, and the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of products and processes to assess their environmental impacts.

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Lanceros-Mendez, Senentxu Scientific Director
Email: senentxu.lanceros@bcmaterials.net

Smart and functional materials and devices for sensors and actuators, energy and biomedical applications

S. Lanceros-Mendez graduated in physics at the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Physics of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany. He was Research Scholar at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA and visiting scientist at the Pennsylvania State University, USA and University of Potsdam, among others. He is principal investigator at the BCMaterials –Basque Center for Materials, Applicatons and Nanostructures, Spain and Associated Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Minho, Portugal and. From 2012 to 2014 he was also Associate Researcher at the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. His work is focused in the area of polymer based smart and functional materials for sensors and actuators, energy and biomedical applications.

Interests and objetives
Further information of the research activities:

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Leiva Jiménez, Beatriz Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: beatriz.leiva@bcmaterials.net

La Dra. Beatriz Leiva se graduó en Bioquímica en 2020 en la Universidad de Granada (UGR). Su tesis de licenciatura se titula “Aplicaciones biomédicas de nanopartículas de sílice mesoporosa”, y fue realizada en el Departamento de Química Inorgánica de la Facultad de Ciencias de Granada.

Posteriormente, terminó el Máster en Biomateriales en 2021 en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Su trabajo de fin de máster versó sobre la síntesis y la caracterización de nanopartículas de sílice mesoporosa con el fin de crear un nuevo tratamiento para la enfermedad de la osteoporosis. Se realizó en la Facultad de Farmacia de la UCM.

Actualmente, está realizando su doctorado en BCMaterials bajo la supervisión del Dr. Senentxu Lanceros-Méndez. Su trabajo se centra en el desarrollo de microambientes celulares activos para estrategias avanzadas de regeneración de tejidos.

Maiz Fernández, Sheila Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: Sheila.maiz@bcmaterials.net

Sheila Maiz Fernández graduated in Chemistry in 2017 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her degree thesis was on synthesis and characterization of hyaluronic acid nanogels in the Macromolecular Chemistry Laboratory of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Leioa.

Subsequently, she finished her master’s degree in New Materials in 2018 at the University of the Basque Country and the University of Cantabria with a thesis based on Injectable hydrogels based on chitosan for tissue engineering applications, carried out in the Macromolecular Chemistry Laboratory of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

She is currently starting his PhD in electroactive materials for tissue engineering applications at BCMaterials.

Martín-Iglesias, Sara Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: sara.martin@bcmaterials.net

Sara Martín Iglesias graduated in Biotechnology in 2017 at the University of León. Her degree thesis was on “Analysis of local ansesthetics on Hyaluronic Acid for Viscosupplementation therapy”.  Subsequently, she finished her master’s degree in Biomedical Biotechnology in 2019 at Polytechnic University of Valencia with a thesis based on “Application of Mesenquimal Stem Cells for Tissue Engineering”, carried out in the Histopatology and Tissue Engineering group at University of Valencia .

She is currently starting his PhD in Active and Smart Materials for Tissue Engineering Applications at BCMaterials under the direction of Unai Silván and Senentxu Lanceros.

Mendes, Cristian Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: cristian.mendes@bcmaterials.net

Stereolithography of UV curable resins, thermal and mechanical characterization: DSC, TGA-FTIR, DMTA.


Dr. Cristian Mendes Felipe obtained his Degree in Chemistry and the Master Degree in New Materials at the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Leioa (Spain) in the area of UV curable polymers for 3D printing. He carried out his PhD in Materials Science and Technology at BCMaterials together with the Macromolecular Chemistry Group (labquimac) of the UPV/EHU in the field of Multifunctional photocurable advanced materials for electronics and sensing applications. He has obtained a three years’ fellowship from Basque Government for a postdoc research in the Politecnico of Turin and BCMaterials for the investigation of 4D printing of photocurable polymers obtained from natural sources for smart and multifunctional applications. Dr. Mendes has realized different internships in the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Minho, as well as participated on different international and national conferences. He has published 10 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journal, most of them as first author, obtaining a special mention by the Wiley Online Library for a publication on the top ten of 2019 mentioned articles in the journal of Advanced Materials Technologies.

Currently, as a postdoc, his investigation will be related to UV and visible light curable materials obtained from plants and other natural sources for applications in electronics, sensing and multifunctional applications.




Curriculum Vitae

Perinka, Nikola Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: nikola.perinka@bcmaterials.net

Dr. Nikola Perinka received his M.Sc. in printing engineering and Ph.D. in chemistry and technology of materials, both from University of Pardubice. His main research objective has been focused on formulation and printing of functional materials, as well as device fabrication. He possesses extensive experience in printing process and organic and flexible electronics (such as organic photovoltaics, organic light emitting diodes or sensors). Dr. Perinka has been participating in several national projects and has published several peer-reviewed papers in the field of chemistry and material science. During his Ph.D. he realized several internships in France (École Polytechnique) and Germany (TU-Chemnitz). After his Ph.D. joined Cetemmsa Technological Centre (Mataró-Barcelona, later Eurecat Technology Centre of Catalonia in Spain), where he worked mainly on the CIEN project HyPrint focused on the development of printed hybrid light emitting diodes.

Currently, Dr. Perinka has joined BCMaterials with main research focus on organic and printed electronics. He will participate in several national and international projects with the focus on flexible electronics.

“Printed Electronics, Flexible and Organic Electronics, Conducting Polymers, Printing Technologies, Photophysics and Photonics, Ink Formulation, Functional Materials”

Author ID: 55945204900

Reizabal Lopez-Para, Ander Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: ander.reizabal@bcmaterials.net

I have a 3 year´s experience on Molecular Dynamics simulations of mechanical and thermal properties for polymeric systems.
I have a large experience with thermical characterization techics (DSC and TGA) and mechanical charactyerization technics (DMTA)


Graduated in environmental sciences from the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) in 2015 and after taking a master’s degree in New Materials from the same university, in 2020 I completed my phd entitled “Tailoring bombyx mori silk as multifuctional material for advanced applications” , developed at the BCMaterials – Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures foundation, a center included in the BERC (Basque Excellence Research Centers) network, in collaboration with the EPV / EHU macromolecular chemistry group (LABQUIMAC). Currently, as a post-doctoral researcher in the Basque Government program, I focus my work on the development of inks from bio-based materials and their printing by additive manufacturing at the Phil and Penny Knight Campus in Oregon, in collaboration with BCMaterials.

With the aim of advancing towards sustainability, my work is focused on the revaluation of bio-based materials. In addition, I have worked on molecular dynamics simulations, as well as in the development and characterization of polymeric materials. As part of various national and international research and projects, I have worked on several research areas such as electronics, catalysis, adsorption of pollutants, energy and biomedicine.

Aware of the capacity for knowledge as a way of personal and social empowerment, I dedicate part of my efforts to scientific dissemination,  mainly, as a member of the association for the dissemination of scientific culture, LOGOS elkartea (https://crystalclear.es/). Also I have participated in acts and events of scientific dissemination such as Zientziaz Blai (https://n9.cl/mow5) and We are scientists (https://somoscientificos.es/).

Curriculum Vitae

Rial Tubio, Carmen Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: carmen.rial@bcmaterials.net

Career and achievements, present tasks and professional objectives

Carmen Rial received her BS in Physics from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She carried out her MS and PhD in Materials Science and Technology at the Instituto de Ceramica in the same university. Her dissertation focused on the fabrication of 3D photonic bandgap crystals for infrared and terahertz band by 3D printing technique. As a postdoc, her research activities have been mainly focused on 3D printing functional materials, components, and devices, which include photonic crystals, catalysts, tissue engineering scaffolds, and vacularized tissues. She has published 13 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 11 of them as first author, and she is also the author or co-author of more than 25 contributions at national and international conferences.
Her research interests span a range of topics in materials science and engineering, but focus in particular on the area of 3D printing, ceramics, colloidal science, and polymers.
Currently, she is involved in the development of polymer composites with suitable piezoresistive/piezocapacitive responses for sensor and actuator applications.

List of abilities:
3D Printing/Robocasting
Colloidal synthesis
Spin/dip coating
High temperature treatments
Surface&structural analysis (SEM, TEM, XRD, optical microscope)
Thermal analysis techniques (DTA, TG, dilatometry)
Rheological characterization (rotational rheometer and viscometer)
Mechanical characterization (microhardness tester, compression)

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Rincón Iglesias, Mikel Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: mikel.rincon@bcmaterials.net

Mikel Rincón Iglesias obtained his bachelor Degree in Chemistry with a final project about “Evaluation of the migration of benzophenone types photoinitiators into several food simulants in cardboard packaging” in June 2017 at the Analytical Chemistry Group of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Afterwards, he continued his Master studies in Energies and Fuels for the future at Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), which he finished in June 2018. Furthermore, he did an internship at Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), where concluded his Master Thesis about “Influence of the presence of graphene sheets in the hydrothermal synthesis of carbon spheres” in the Photonic Crystals Group.
Nowadays, Mikel is performing his PhD studies developing multifunctional inks for printed flexible devices.

Interests and objetives
Currently he is working on the project “Development of printed sensors and actuators based on multifunctional inks”. The principal objective of this project is to process and characterize inks for applications on magntetic, magnetoresistive, magnetostrictive and magneto-electric devices (and therefore also piezoelectric). The inks will be developed both for screen printing and for inkjet printing technologies.

Silván, Unai Ikerbasque Research Associate
Email: unai.silvan@bcmaterials.net


Cell and Cancer Biology, Light Microscopy, Biomechanics, Cytoskeleton.


Dr. Unai Silvan studied Biochemistry at the University of the Basque Country and then joined the laboratory of Professor J. Aréchaga (Department of Cell Biology and Histology, UPV/EHU) as a doctoral student. In his dissertation (summa cum laude and dissertation prize) he developed a new in vivo model for the study of testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs) based on the transplantation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) into the seminiferous tubules of mice. In addition, he completed a research stay in the laboratory of Professor M.A. Konerding at the University of Mainz (Germany) to learn the techniques to quantify the vascularization of experimentally induced tumors and participated in the analysis of the cancerous microenvironment. In 2008, Unai joined Cora-Ann Schoenenberger’s group at the Müller Institute at the Biocenter of Basel (University of Basel, Switzerland) as a postdoctoral fellow and had the opportunity to contribute to the knowledge of unconventional actin configurations. He was also involved in the study of the tumorigenic effect of an actin point mutation in mammalian cells and was able to use various biochemical and imaging techniques, including TIRF and electron microscopy, to understand the importance of an unconventional actin configuration in the patterning of different supramolecular structures as well as in polymerization. In 2012, Unai was appointed senior research fellow and head of the Cancer Cell Mechanics group in Professor Jess Snedeker’s laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), where he investigated the role of the cytoskeleton in the development and progression of cancer, and quantified the response of cells to different biomaterials. Unai has published over 40 research articles and book chapters, which have received over 600 citations (h-index 14), and his work has been presented at over 60 national and international conferences.

Interests and objectives

In 2020, Unai joined BCMaterials as an Ikerbasque Research Associate in order to establish a group in the field of biomaterials, in which he will investigate the influence of the biomaterial-extracellular matrix interface on immune and somatic cells.

Undagoitia, Mikel Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: mikel.undagoitia@bcmaterials.net

Mikel Undagoitia received his bachelor degree in chemistry from the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 2018 with a thesis about the development of fluorophosphate cathodic materials for sodium ion batteries and its application in high scale stationary batteries. Later, he obtained his master´s degree in New Materials in 2019 from the University of Basque Country. His master´s thesis degree was on the development of cathodic fluorophosphate-phosphate cathodic composite materials, also for sodium-ion batteries. Subsequently, he joined Leartiker (BRTA, Mondragon Corporation) as researcher and manager of Relicario project (Recycling of end-of-life carbon fibre reinforced plastics), an international project founded by EIT Raw Materials (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), collaborating with many companies as Extracthive, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Veolia, MAIER and University of Ghent (Ugent). His work was focused on the characterisation of recycled carbon fibres by solvolysis and their compounding with different thermoplastics for automotive applications. During this research stage, he had the opportunity to work with Professor Wim Van Paepegem, world-renowned expert in composite behaviour. After almost two years, in 2021, he decided to join BCMaterials to start his PhD in the field of sustainable batteries under the direction of Juan Pablo Esquivel and Verónica Palomares.

Zarandona Rodríguez, Amaia Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: amaia.zarandona@bcmaterials.net

Amaia Zarandona Rodríguez graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2017 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her bachelor thesis was on “Regeneration of the catalyst for hydrogen production” and it was carried out in the department of Chemical Engineering (Leioa). Afterwards, she finished her master’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2019 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the University of Cantabria (UC). Her master thesis was on “Improvement of the thermal conductivity of different types of elastomers through the modification of the loads” with a fellowship in FLEXIX.

After that, she worked at VITO, an independent Flemish research organization in the area of cleantech and sustainable development, during 1 year. Her main work consisted in developing a novel electrochemical process for the transformation of glucose into added-value chemicals.

Nowadays, she is working on her PhD in the area of active and smart materials at the BCMaterials.

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.