Adaptive and programmable functional materials

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BCMaterials – Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures is a research center included in the BERC’s (Basque Excellence Research Centers) network, devoted to generate knowledge on the new generation of materials, and turning this knowledge into (multi)functional solutions and devices for the benefit of society, is currently calling for a


Master scholarship position


to work on project


Adaptive and programmable functional materials


Adaptive/programmable materials represent one on the most ambitious trends in tailoring materials responses. Within this concept, material can be designed to modify functional property as a response to variations of the specific environment (i.e. varying surface charge with varying stiffness of the surrounding) or modify physical characteristics under a triggering signal (i.e. switch between electrical and conductive response under a thermal/magnetic variation). Different strategies, involving molecular modification, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, multilayered or more complex structures are being explored. Further, related approach pursues the development of “origami” like materials, recovering specific complex shapes after applying specific environmental stimuli. This project will focus on the development of hybrid multiresponsive structures strongly changing electrical characteristics under slight variations of surrounding media (pH, temp, pressure) for biomedical applications


The following techniques, instruments and facilities will be used:


Multidisciplinary approach including knowledge in micro/nanoparticles, polymer processing and characterization as well as implementation in biomedical and/or electronica’s solutions.


The following tasks will be performed:


  1. Development of hybrid multiresponsive structures
  2. Characterization test
  3. Implementation results


BCMaterials offers a scholarship to master students for the master thesis to be done at BCMaterials, for a total amount of 600 EUR per month for up to 5 months, in collaboration with the Grupo de investigación de quimica macromolecular Research Group (, belonging to the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT/ZTF) at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).


BCMaterials is committed to equality of opportunity and values diversity.


This position is part of the Call for Master Scholarships published on BCMaterials website at with the reference (2020-25), therefore, the terms and conditions of the call apply. Candidates must meet the general eligibility criteria stated on it, and fill the application form at the end of this page, including their CV, academic records and motivation and reference letters.


Before applying, candidates are encouraged to get in touch with researchers in charge of the project, in order to obtain detailed information about it:


  • Academic Tutor (UPV/EHU): Leyre Perez (
  • Co-director (BCMaterials): Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez (


All the applicants will be contacted by BCMaterials through a supplied email, as soon as the call is closed.