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Materials for Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies
Technological advances often rely on both new materials and processing/manufacturing technologies. Additive manufacturing is undergoing strong development allowing customized production. BCMaterials is working on the development of smart and multifunctional materials with improved integration through advanced manufacturing processes. Self-sensing, self- cleaning and self-repairing materials are being developed and integrated into functional prototypes, among others.
Materials for Biomedicine
Related with the aging of population and the strong needs on early detection of illnesses, advanced biomedical approaches are definitely needed. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are providing new tools in order to tackle those important challenges. In this context, BCMaterials is focussing, among others, on the development of materials and new approaches for nanoparticle based biomedicine, from hyperthermia to point of care microdevices, as well as on the incorporation of active scaffolds and microenvironments for tissue engineering.
Materials for Energy
One of the grand challenges facing humankind is related to energy, its generation and storage being among the key issues of modern society, which is highly dependent on mobility. Therefore, next generation of energy production and storage systems are being developed based on advanced, environmental friendly and multifunctional materials. BCMaterials specifically focus on the conversion between solar energy, and chemical energy in applications such as perovskite and kesterite based solar cells. Other research activities include the development of energy harvesting systems, mainly based on mechanoelectric (piezoelectric and triboelectric) and thermo-electric systems for self-power and wearable sensors. Finally, new active materials are being developed for Li and Na- batteries, as well as new approaches for solid electrolytes and printable batteries.
Materials for Environment
The strong technological advances of recent years are leaving important footprints in our environment. In this scope, three main issues must be solved in the near future: environmental friendlier technologies, sensors for environmental monitoring and remediation of contaminated scenarios. In these areas, BCMaterials has strongly focussing on the development of sensors and remediation strategies for water and air.