Researchers

Arriortua, María Isabel UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: maribel.arriortua@ehu.eus

Expertise
Crystal engineering, X-ray and neutron scattering, structure study, materials for fuel cells and batteries, crystal structure and properties relationship, project management.

Bio
Maria Isabel Arriortua’s (PhD 1981, UPV/EHU) interest in materials chemistry dates back to her work in the University of Loveine-la-Neuve, where she did part of her PhD thesis. Upon returning to the University of the Basque Country, she set up the Crystallography group at this university and her work has resulted in more than 300 scientific articles (H-index: 40) and she has supervised 17 PhD Thesis. Since 1992 she has been Full Professor of Crystallography and Mineralogy at UPV/EHU and director of the UPV/EHU Advanced Research Facilities (SGIker) since its creation. She has been awarded with the Euskadi research award in Science and Technology in 2010 and coordinated the Materials Science and Technology area for the National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP) of the Spanish Government from 2010 to 2014. Nowadays she is member of the expert committee for the design of Basic Strategic Lines of Science, Technology and Innovation for the Basque Government and academic of Jakiunde, Basque Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters since 2012. She is PI of projects related with mass and/or energy generation and storage materials, focussed on the relationship between crystal structure and properties.

Interests and objetives
Principal Investigator of proyects related with mass and/or energy generation and storage, with focus on the relationship between crystal structure and properties:
“Development of advanced materials for the generation, storage and liberation of energy”(MINECO, MAT2013-42092-R).
“Multifunctional materials for mass and energy storage and transport”(Gobierno Vasco, IT-630-13)
Director of the UPV/EHU Advanced Research Facilities (SGIker).
Member of the Basque Government Scientific Advisory Committe.

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Barandika, Gotzone UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: gotzone.barandika@ehu.eus

Expertise
Coordination chemistry, X-ray diffraction, crystal structure, microstructure, electronic microscopy (SEM and TEM), magnetic properties, DFT calculations, topology, synthesis methods, pulvimetallurgy, catalysis, mechanical properties, management models, innovation in education

Bio
Dr. Gotzone Barandika was graduated in Chemistry (UPV/EHU, 1989), and received her PhD in Physics in 1995 (Universidad de Navarra). Since 1996 she works for UPV/EHU as a lecturer and researcher at the Inorganic Chemistry deparment. She has been working in Materials Science focusing her work on machine tools materials, magnetic compounds, biomaterials, and metal organic frameworks. She has published over 80 articles receiving more than 20 cites per article. She is the author of an international patent, and has supervised 5 PhD theses. She has been the director of the UPV/EHU postgrade “Orthopaedics”, and since 2011 is an executive board member of the Spanish Association of Bioinorganics. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Computational Methods in Molecular Design.

Interests and objetives
I am involved in several research projects focused on the development of MOF-type porous materials for the storage and transport of mass and energy. Additionally, I intend to go on the development of surface coatings for orthopaedic biomaterials. I am interested in management models applied to research groups, and I have published several articles on the matter. Additionally, I spend some of my time on divulgation activities directed to the local society, focusing special attention on young people.

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Bazán, Begoña UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: bego.bazan@ehu.es

Expertise
Solid coordination frameworks (SCF), hydrothermal synthesis; X-ray diffracion; crystal structures; structural analysis.

Bio
Begoña Bazán received the diploma degree in geology and the doctor degree in sciences from the University of Basque Country (UPV-EHU) in 1997 and 2003, respectively. She held the position of Assistant Professor from 2004 to 2013. Now, she holds a post of permanent doctor researcher in the Mineralogy and Petrology Department at UPV/EHU from 2013. She is a member of the Crystallography group from 2001 and a junior researcher of the BCmaterials from 2014, an excellence research centre sponsored by the Basque Science Foundation and the University. Her current research includes the synthesis and study of solid coordination networks (SCN), X-ray diffraction, elucidation of crystal structures and their structural analysis. She is co-author of 33 scientific papers (h-index=10), of 7 book-chapters and of 80 contributions to Spanish and international conferences. She is author of 1 international patent, and has supervised 3 Thesis Master. Currently, she is supervising 2 PhD Thesis.

Interests and objetives
Currently, I am involved in DEMAGENER (Development of advanced materials for the generation, storage and liberation of energy) project, funded under the MINECO.
I also belong to the Consolidated Group (Basque Government) led by Prof. Arriortua.

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Chernenko, Volodymyr Ikerbasque Research Professor – UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: vladimir.chernenko@gmail.com

Expertise
Responsible for research line of BCMaterials: Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys as  Active (smart) multifunctional materials. Preparation of national and EU projects. Supervising PhD students.

Bio
Prof. Volodymyr A. Chernenko graduated Moscow State University in 1975. He has got his PhD degree in Chemical Physics from the same University in 1980. He has 35 years of research experience in centres in Ukraine, Germany, Japan, Italy, United States, France, Switzerland, Australia, Spain, Hong Kong and Russia. He is currently holding a permanent position as Ikerbasque Research Professor at BCMaterials & University of Basque Country. Professional interest is in solid state physics, physics of phase transitions in solids, magnetism, high pressure physics, functional materials, metallurgy and, in particular, focused on research and development of the multifunctional magnetic shape memory materials, magnetomechanics of martensites, thin films and nanotechnologies of the ferromagnetic martensites.
Author and co-author of 260 original papers in ISI scientific journals and book chapters with about 6000 citations and h-index equal to 37. He is author of 14 patents. He is International Fellow Awardee of the Helmholtz Association (Germany) in 2014. He is world-wide known as one of the founders of the new research area “Ferromagnetic shape memory alloys” being organizer and/or invited speaker of many International conferences and symposia on this subject.

Interests and objetives
Currently Ikerbasque Research Professor ascribed to BCMaterials.
Professional interest  includes research and development of the ferromagnetic shape memory materials, magnetomechanics of martensites, thin films and nanotechnologies of the ferromagnetic martensites.

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Esperanza Díaz UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (1986, UPV-EHU), Doctorate in Chemical Science (speciality: Macromolecular Physical Chemistry, 1991). Her research has been mainly focused on polymer-metal complexes, polymer blends and the fabrication of biodegradable and biocompatible devices for tissue engineering.

Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (1986, UPV-EHU), Doctorate in Chemical Science (speciality: Macromolecular Physical Chemistry, 1991). Her research has been mainly focused on polymer-metal complexes, polymer blends and the fabrication of biodegradable and biocompatible devices for tissue engineering.

Fernández-Gubieda, María Luisa UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: malu@we.lc.ehu.es

Expertise
Magnetic characterization; X-ray absorption spectroscopies; Magnetic nanoparticles;
Magnetotactic bacteria; biomedical application of magnetosomes

Bio
Prof. Dr. Mª Luisa Fernández-Gubieda is an expert in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials. In the last 10 years, she has been mainly involved in the study on nanogranular thin films and nanoparticle systems. Recently, she has developed a new research line on magnetotactic bacteria, with the aim to study the biomineralization process of magnetite nanoparticles and the viability of these nanoparticles for biomedical applications. One of her main activities is the use of Large Scale Facilities specially Synchrotron radiation, being one of the promoters of the beamline “Core level absorption and Emission Spectroscopies” at the Spanish synchrotron ALBA. At present, she is the head of the group of Magnetism and Magnetic materials in the University of Basque Country. She has published over 90 articles in scientific journals, receiving more than 700 citations (h-index=15). She has supervised 4 PhD Thesis.

Interests and objetives
Currently, she is  Professor of Applied Physics at the University of the Basque Country ascribed to BCMaterials and the leader of the Group of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Basque Country.
At present, she is involved in a rearch line on magnetotactic bacteria with two main topics. First,  to understand the biomineralization process of the magnetite nanoparticle synthesize by the bacteria and second, to study the viability of these nanoparticles for biomedical application.

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García-Prieto, Ana UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: agp@we.lc.ehu.es

Expertise
Magnetic nanostructures
Magnetic characterization of materials
Structural determination by synchrotron radiation techniques

Bio
Ana García-Prieto graduated in physics and received her doctor degree in applied physics from the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU) in 1998 and 2003, respectively. During her phD she specialized in the magnetic and structural study of nanogranular materials both in bulk and thin film shape. Between 2005-2007 she joined the multidisciplinary group of Prof. Q.A. Pankhurst at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (UK) as a post-doctoral researcher, where she gained experience on the exciting field of medical applications of magnetic particles. In 2007 she joined the group of magnetism and magnetic materials at the UPV/EHU, directed by Prof. J.M. Barandiarán and Prof. M.L. Fdez-Gubieda, and is now working on the physical properties and medical uses of magnetite nanoparticles synthesized by the bacteria Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense. Currently A. García-Prieto combines her research activities with undergraduate teaching as an associate professor at the Mining Engineering School of the UPV/EHU.

Interests and objetives
Currently, I am involved in two research lines:

  • magnetic and structural properties of nanogranular thin films.
  • study of the magnetite biomineralization process followed by the magnetotactic bacteria Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense.

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García, José Ángel UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: joseangel.garcia@ehu.es

Expertise
Hyperthermia magnetic applicators.
Positron annihilation spectroscopy. PAS

Bio
Jose Ángel García obtained the B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Physics, 1977) from the University of the Basque Country. His Ph.D. degree work was realized at the J. J. Thompson Physical Laboratory of the Reading University in Great Britain relating the influence of the interaction of the vacancy type defects with dislocations in the mechanical properties of b.c.c. single crystals. Working in this field he spent several Post-Doctoral stages at Reading University and at the Science Faculty and Engineering of National University of Rosario in Argentina. At this time he is responsible of the Optical Emission
Spectroscopy Laboratory. His work is related to the influence of the vacancy type defects on the optical properties of semiconductors for optoelectronic applications. Using for this purpose positron annihilation lifetimes and optical spectroscopy. He is also involved in cancer hyperthermia studies by means of magnetic nanoparticles.

Interests and objetives
“Influence of the structural defects on the martensitic transformation and on the properties of the ferromagnetic shape memory alloys”
MICINN, MAT2012-37923-C02-02
“Antitumoral hyperthermia via a teracnostic agent develloped from peptidomimetics RGD funcionallized Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles”
SAIOTEK, SAI 13/145, PROSTDETEC

Gil de Muro, Izaskun UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: izaskun.gildemuro@ehu.es

Expertise
Transmission Electronic Microscopy

Bio
Izaskun Gil de Muro received the diploma and the doctor degree in Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country in 1993 and 2001, respectively. In 1993, she joined the Inorganic Chemistry Department where she has carried out most of her research career. Her thesis project was about characterization and study of magnetic properties of coordination compounds and metallic oxides. Now, her labour is focused in characterization by Transmission Electronic Microscopy (TEM) of nanostructured materials with interesting technological and biomedical applications. Dr. Gil de Muro has published about 35 scientific papers. She is teacher in the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the University of the Basque Country from 1999.

Interests and objetives
Today, I am mainly implicated in the characterization by Transmission Electronic Microscopy of Nanostructured Materials of Energetic and Biomedical Interest.

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Goñi, Aintzane UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: aintzane.goni@ehu.es

Expertise
Synthesis of nanostructured inorganic materials such as transition metal oxides, phosphates and composites.
Spectroscopic and magnetic characterization.
Electrochemical study of lithium ion batteries.

Bio
Aintzane Goñi is a permanent professor in the University of the Basque Country from 2001, member of the Inorganic Chemistry department. Her reseach cover the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured composite materials specially focused on energy aplications. Dr. Goñi has published 35 scientific papers in international journals with impact factors ranking in the first quartile of its subjet category. She has supervised 2 PhD Thesis.

Interests and objetives
Development of new electrodic nanostructured materials for advanced lithium and sodium ion batteries.

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Gutiérrez-Zorrilla, Juan M. UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: juanma.zorrilla@ehu.eus

Expertise
Inorganic synthesis, single crystal x-ray diffaction

Bio
Juan M. Gutiérrez-Zorrilla received his B.S. degree from the University of Bilbao in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 1984 (Profs. P. Román, M. Martínez Ripoll). After two short stays at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (Toulouse), he was promoted to Associated Professor in 1988. He was a visiting scientist at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Prof. Yamase’s laboratory) in 1988, and 1992-93. Since 1999 he has been Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Faculty of Science and Technology (UPV/EHU). In 2009 he received the Euskoiker Research Award. His current research field is focused on Chemistry of polyoxometalates and their applications in catalysis and as anticancer agents. He has published over 80 articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and has supervised 8 PhD Thesis.

Interests and objetives
His research interests are focused on Polyoxometalate Chemistry and the applications of POMs in sensing and as antitumoral agents.

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Gutierrez, Jon UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: jon.gutierrez@ehu.es

Expertise

  • Magnetic materials characterization at the macro- and micro-scale
  • Applications of magnetic materials

Bio
Jon Gutiérrez received the diploma and the doctor degree, both in physics, from the Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU in 1985 and 1992, respectively. He is one of the seed members of the Group of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials founded and led by Prof. J.M. Barandiarán at this university. His areas of interest cover from the study of the structure and the fundamental magnetic properties of magnetic materials to the analysis and development of possible technical applications to be implemented in sensor-like devices. One of the main focus of his research is the use of magnetoelastic amorphous ribbons for sensing purposes, and any other related device or phenomenon, like nowadays magnetoelectric laminates or functionalized magnetoelastic labels for biosensing. Dr. J. Gutiérrez has published about 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised 4 PhD Thesis. He is member of the Technical Committee of the European Magnetic Sensors & Actuators (EMSA) and Materials and Applications for Sensors and Transducers (IC-MAST) Conferences.

Interests and objetives
Current main research lines:

  • Magnetic properties of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys.
  • Magnetoelectric hybrid laminated composites.
  • Radiation damage in permanent magnets for particle accelerators

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Insausti, Maite UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: maite.insausti@ehu.eus

Expertise
Soft chemistry routes for preparation of inorganic materials.
Thermogravimetry. X ray diffraction. Electronic Microscopy.

Bio
Maite Insausti received the doctor degree in chemistry in 1994 from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and from 1996 she is professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the Faculty of Science and Technology. She has been involved in the development of solid state chemistry laboratory in the research group of Prof. Teófilo Rojo, being working in the preparation of superconducting oxides and magnetoresistive manganites by soft chemistry methods. She has been secretary of the Spanish Group of Solid State Chemistry from 2000 to 2010. From 2005 until now her research is focused on the preparation and characterization of metallic nanoparticles as Au, Cu, Ag or FePd and magnetic oxide nanoparticles as Fe3O4 or Fe1-xNixO4 with controlled sizes. This research is aimed at the proper functionalization and recovering of the nanoparticles in order to obtain biocompatible nanostructures, which are being tested ‘in vitro’ and ‘in vivo’ experiments for hyperthermia applications and drug delivery. Dr. Insausti has published over 70 articles and 1 patent and has supervised 5 PhD Thesis.

Interests and objetives
“Magnetic nanoparticles for biological applications”. Mainly I am involved in the preparation and characterization of magnetic metals and oxides, properly functionalized with biomolecules, and with controlled sizes which yield high magnetization values for hyperthermia applications.
Actually I am also interested in the preparation of core-shell nanostructures to deposit on a photovoltaic material in order to increase the absorbed light and to study the efficiency of photovoltaic cells.

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Kurlyandskaya, Galina V. UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: galina@we.lc.ehu.es

Expertise
Magnetism and magnetic nanomaterials.

Bio
G. V. Kurlyandskaya graduated from Ural State University, Ekaterinburg, Russia. She started her research work in 1983 at the Institute of Metal Physics UD RAS. She obtained her PhD in Physics of Magnetic Phenomena in 1990 and advanced Doctor of Science degree in 2007. Dr. Kurlyandskaya received an advanced training at the Institute of Applied Magnetism, University of Oviedo, University of the Basque Country, University of Dusseldorf Heinrich Heine, ENSCashan, University of Maryland, Ural State University A.M. Gorky and Ural Federal University. Her main research areas are fabrication, magnetic and transport properties of amorphous and nanostructured materials, magnetic domains, resonant and non-resonant magnetoabsorption, and magnetic sensors and biosensors.

Interests and objetives
Magnetism, magnetic nanomaterials, biosensors, biomagnetism, microwave absorption.

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Lázpita, Patricia UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: patricia.lazpita@ehu.eus

Expertise
Ferromagnetic shape memory alloys; neutron and x-ray scattering; magnetic properties and electrical transport

Bio
Patricia Lázpita graduated in physics and received her doctor degree in applied physics from the Basque Country University (UPV/EHU) in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Since 2004, she is a member of the Group of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials at UPV/EHU. Her research work is mainly focused on the characterization and analysis of fundamental properties of magnetic shape memory alloys. She has over 40 published works in international peer reviewed journals in the fields of materials science, applied physics.

Interests and objetives
Currently, I am involved in FUNSAFE (Functional properties and non-equilibrium processes in shape memory alloys and ferroic materials) project, funded under the MINECO.

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León, Luis Manuel BCMaterials Emeritus Professor
Email: luismanuel.leon@ehu.eus

Expertise:

Synthesis and characterization of new polymeric materials

  • Polymerization and copolymerization kinetics
  • Polymers with electric properties.
  • Shape memory polymers.
  • Smart organic surfaces.

Bio:

PhD in Chemistry by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 1973

Department of Physical Chemistry
Professor of Physical Chemistry from 1988

Member of the Comisión de Doctorado y/o Postgrado de la UPV/EHU from 1988 to 2015.

Numerous articles published in scientific journals.

More than 30 research projects, acting as principal investigator in most of them.

Founder of Grupo de Química Macromolecular, Tipo A, Gobierno Vasco (IT718-13).
25 PhD supervised.

Interests and objetives:

Main scientific interest are polymer based materials that can act as sensors or actuators

Lizundia, Erlantz UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: erlantz.liizundia@ehu.eus

Expertise
Polymer synthesis and processing technologies: hydrothermal and microwave-assisted reactions, ring opening polymerization, extrusion, injection, melt compounding…

Thermal characterization (DSC, TGA), mechanical characterization (tensile testing, DMA), optical characterization (UV-Vis, photoluminescence, CD spectroscopy).

Structural determination: X-ray diffraction, FTIR, XPS, SEM, TEM, AFM.

Bio
Erlantz Lizundia completed his PhD in Advanced Materials Engineering in 2011 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), which was recognized with the Extraordinary Doctoral Award (award limited to the Top 10 percent). During the 2012-2013 period he moved into the private industry to focus on the industrial application of biopolymers. From 2014 he has been combining teaching and research at the UPV/EHU. He joined Mark MacLachlan group at the University of the British Columbia as a visiting scientist for 6 months in January 2016, where has was dealing with chiral nematic mesoporous cellulose materials for environmentally friendly sensing and energy storage applications. In September 2016 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Bilbao School of Engineering (UPV/EHU). He has over 40 published works in international peer reviewed journals in the fields of materials science, applied chemistry, nanomaterials, green chemistry and biomedicine.

Interests and objetives
His current research deals with the development of novel biodegradable and renewable polymer-based nanohybrids for packaging, biomedical, bioimaging, sensing, energy storage and water purification applications.

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López Arbeloa, Fernando UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: fernando.lopezarbeloa@ehu.es

Expertise
UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence (steady-state and time-correlated) spectroscopy, linear-polarized light spectroscopy.

Bio
Prof. Dr. Fernando López Arbeloa obtained his Ph D Degree in Science in 1987 at the Latholieken Universiteit van Leuven (Belgium) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. F.C. De Schryver. He became Full Professor at the University of the Basque Country in 2002. He is an expert in optical spectroscopy, mainly in the characterization of the photophysical properties of fluorescent dyes and photosensors. New photosensitive materials, included materials with optical anisotropy response, have been developed by the incorporation of fluorescent probes in ordered nanostructured materials. He has published over 120 papers in scientific journal with high impact index (h index = 33) and has supervised 6 PhD Thesis. He was Vicepresident of the Spanish Photochemistry Group during 2005-2009 and has participated in the organization of several conferences in Photochemistry.

Interests and objetives
Development of Photoactive System in the Design of Advanced Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage (research project supportting by Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad).
Aromatic Molecules as Direct Agents for the Synthesis of Mesoporous Materials (collaboration with the Instituto de Catálisis y Petroquímica, CSIC, Madrid)

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Muela, Alicia UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: alicia.muela@ehu.eus

Expertise
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Bio
Dr. Alicia Muela obtained her Ph D in Science (Biology) in 1990 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Since 1995 she has been an Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Faculty of Science and Technology (UPV/EHU). Her research has been focused on the study of the survival strategies of enteric bacteria in the aquatic systems. Recently, she started working with magnetotactic bacteria and joined the Group of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Basque Country. The synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles in bacteria and their applications are her current areas of interest. She has published over 30 papers, receiving more than 480 citations (h-index=13).

Interests and objetives
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Palomares, Verónica UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: veronica.palomares@ehu.eus

Expertise
Synthesis of new materials, solid state chemistry, X-ray diffraction, electrode preparation, electrochemistry, battery testing

Bio
Verónica Palomares (1981, Bilbao) received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 2009. During her Ph.D. She worked on nanostructured cathodes for Li-ion batteries in collaboration with Cidetec-IK4. Her postdoc activity at UPV/EHU focused on new electrode materials for sodium ion batteries. She works now as associate professor at the UPV/EHU with special research interest on producing new environmentally friendly electroactive materials.

Interests and objetives
To contribute to develop Na-ion technology closer to commercial batteries. To prepare new well-performing battery electrodes based on low cost, environmentally friendly materials by “greener” preparative methods.

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Peña, Alazne UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: alazne.pena@ehu.eus

Expertise
Synthesis of sodium vanadium fluorophosphates; X-ray diffraction analysis (patternmatching and Rietveld); morphological characterization; electrochemical study of electrodic materials

Bio
Alazne Peña received the diploma and the doctor degree in Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country in 1996 and 2003, respectively. In 1995, she joined the Inorganic Chemistry Department where she has carried out most of her research career. Her thesis project was about synthesis, characterization and study of magnetic properties of magnetorresistive compounds. Now, her labour is focused in synthesis and characterization of  new cathode materials for sodium ion batteries. She has published about 30 scientific papers. She is teacher in the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the University of the Basque Country from 2001.

Interests and objetives
Currently, I am working on the synthesis and optimization of new cathodic materials for sodium-ion batteries.

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Pérez, Leyre UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: leyre.perez@ehu.es

Expertise
Polymeric multilayers; polymers modification; stimuli responsive polymers; coordinating work teams and research.

Bio
Leyre Pérez Álvarez works at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) as associate professor. Leyre received her Ph.D. in 2007 and was formally trained in polymer science investigating about polymeric nanogels for anticancer therapies. She joined the Research Group of “Macromolecular Chemistry” of the University of the Basque Country where she is currently working in polymeric multilayers, polymer surface modification and stimuli responsive polymers. She has reported over 14 paper in peer-reviewed international journals in the field of macromolecular science and scientific divulgation.

Interests and objetives
Currently, I participate in the multidisciplinary project funded by MINECO titled “Polymer/Polyoxometalate smart coatings for chemical and biological applications” POCHBA (2014-2017).
I am a member of the Research Group of “Macromolecular Chemistry” of the University of the Basque Country (A Groups 2013-2018).

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Ruiz Rubio, Leire UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: leire.ruiz@ehu.eus

Expertise
Synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials. (NMR, FTIR, UV-VIS…)
Thermal properties and degradation (DSC, TGA, DMTA..)
Surface modification and characterization ( XPS, SEM, AC, TEM..)

Bio
Dr. Leire Ruiz Rubio is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Chemistry at UPV/EHU since 2015. She is part of the Macromolecular Chemistry Group of Physical Chemistry Dept. since 2004. Her research has focused on the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials, and the development of nanostruturated surfaces and stimuli responsive materials. She made two short stays of two weeks at Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques at Bordeaux I University (France) and at ICTP-CSIC, in which she has the opportunity of working with Dr. Juan Rodriguez Hernandez and achieve an important knowledge about surface modification. Also, she made a 3 month stay as Invited Reseacher at Reading University (UK) focused in the development of new drug delivery formulations and the characterization of the mucoadhesive properties under the supervision of Prof. Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy. The most relevant results of her research are reflected both in her Ph. D. thesis and in several articles, 22 articles with 120 citations and h-index of 7.

Interests and objetives
She has focused her research in surface modification techniques, the develop novel optical biosensors, antibacterial hydrogels, self-healable hydrogels based on organic-inorganic interactions, nano/microstuctured polymer thin films and layer-by-layer assemblies.

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S. Garitaonandia, José UPV/EHU Research Associate

Expertise
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Bio
Dr. José Javier Sáiz Garitaonandia received his PhD from University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 1998. His PhD thesis based on the use of the Mössbauer spectroscopy for the study of magnetic phase transitions and transformations. He received the extraordinary prize for PhD thesis for that thesis dissertation in 2000. Together with Prof. Fernando Plazaola he founded the Nuclear Techniques Laboratory of UPV/EHU. His areas of interests are centred on the study of the magnetic nanostructures and magnetic mesoscopic systems using element selective techniques such as Mössbauer spectroscopy and synchrotron and neutron techniques. He has published 98 articles in scientific journals, receiving around 1000 citations with a current h-index of 18 (source: web of science core collection February 2015).

Interests and objetives
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Vilas, José Luis UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: joseluis.vilas@ehu.eus

Expertise
J.L. Vilas is currently an Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry at the Physical Chemistry Department of the University of the Basque Country. He is the head of the Macromolecular Chemistry Group. His current research interests include synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials, focusing in polymeric materials and composites with smart properties, like shape memory properties, electric properties and so on, and the synthesis of biocompatible polymers and polymers from renewable sources. He received his PhD in Chemistry in 1999 from the University of Basque Country. After working in different companies related with the synthesis and processing of polymeric materials he moved back to the university. He is member of several international associations, and he holds 100 publications and 3 patents.

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Zheng, Fangyuan Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: fangyuan.zheng@bcmaterials.net

Fangyuan Zheng graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2014 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She did her degree thesis based on Effect of NaOH concentration in the desilication of Pt/HY catalysts for Polystyrene hydrocracking in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Subsequently, she finished her master’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2016 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the University of Cantabria (UC) with a thesis based on Water treatment for Thermal Solar Power Plants, carried out in SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A. where she did an internship. Afterwards, she worked as a Technical Responsible Engineer in the Thermal Solar Power Plants in SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A.

Since December 2017, she was employed as a Project Engineer for Wind Turbine Test Bench projects in IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture S.A. She is currently starting her PhD in multifunctional hybrid nanoparticles for catalytic and biomedical application at BCMaterials.

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