Welcome to BCMaterials!

BCMaterials, Basque Center on Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, is an autonomous research center launched in June 2012 by Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) as a research center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures. The center is included in the BERC’s (Basque Excellence Research Centers) network and his mission is to develop high-quality interdisciplinary research in multifunctional and active Materials, from basic to applications.

Thus, it is our mission to generate knowledge on the new generation of materials, as well as to turn this knowledge into the next generation of (multi)functional solutions and devices for the benefit of society.

In this way, materials for sensors and actuators, critical for the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 paradigms shaping modern technological drives, materials for advanced biological and biomedical applications and materials for energy (both generation and storage), among others, are being developed, evaluated, understood, and implemented.

For this, interdisciplinary teams have been gathered together with highly qualified and motivated individuals.

Our commitment with society ranges not only in research, development and technology transfer, but also in outreach and the formation of the new generation of great scientists.

Thus, feel free to navigate in this webpage to realize our motivation and competences and to check our main results, but also come to visit and contact us for collaboration, technology transfer or just for knowing the newest developments in advanced materials.

We work on “materials for a better life” motivated both by “materials”… and by a “better life” for each and every one of us through excellent science and technology!

Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez
Scientific Director


BCMaterials’ mission – Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures – is to develop high-quality interdisciplinary research in functional and active Materials with advanced Mechanical, Thermal, Electric, Magnetic and Optical properties; from basic to applied. Materials in thin film form and characterization techniques involving Large International Facilities, such as neutron and synchrotron radiation sources, will be essential.

In order to achieve the mission outlined above, BCMaterials works towards the following challenges:

  • To work in close collaboration with research groups in Materials Science at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Biscay, promoting worldwide their activity in this field.
  • To carry out high-level post-graduate training in new materials.
  • To promote interdisciplinary collaboration with leading centers as the driving force behind major scientific and technological advances.


BCMaterials is committed to be an international reference center for research in the area of functional & active materials and nanomaterials. The quality of publications in conjunction with the image and prestige, based on research excellence, staff satisfaction and social responsibility, will endorse international recognition.


Reference values assumed by BCMaterials are:

  • Commitment to the Principles of Excellence.
  • Transparency, effectiveness and efficiency in resource management.
  • Satisfaction and development of researchers and other staff through the “European Charter for Researchers”.
  • Quest for maximum return to the society and contribution to sustainability.


BCMaterials will be located in the Science Park of Leioa, within the Campus of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

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