Functional surfaces and coatings

To provide surfaces with additional functionalities beyond the traditional decorative or protective ones is a key issue in science and technology. In particular, surface properties present relevant and specific scientific challenges that must be understood in depth prior to their implementation in devices. Paving the way towards a systematic functionalization of surfaces of active materials, via patterning and/or chemical modification techniques, will lead to obtaining specific and tailored magnetic, optical and mechanical responses in these materials upon the application of the pertinent stimulus. In this context, BCMaterials is working on the investigation of patterned surfaces and films and well as on the functional surface modification following a wide variety of methods, including chemical and physical deposition and printing techniques, among others.


Fernandes, Liliana Pre-Doctoral Researcher

Theoretical simulation of smart materials properties and response;
Multifunctional materials synthesis and characterization (morphological, thermal, electrical and magnetic);
Device fabrication and characterization based on the developed smart and multifunctional materials.

Liliana Fernandes received her bachelor degree in Physics in 2012 and her M. Sc. in Biophysics and Bionanosystems in 2016 both from Minho University, Portugal. She joined the Center of Physics of the University of Minho in 2015 where se worked on her thesis in the development of functionalized nanoparticles for biomedical applications and later in 2017 she worked in an entrepreneurship project in order to develop a Start-Up for the fabrication and commercialization of hybrid membranes for water decontamination.

Interests and objetives
My main interest is the understanding, development and application of smart electro/magnetic active materials for advanced applications, area of my PhD work. In this scope I am currently involved in a project with ESA (European Space Agency) and the company Critical Materials, in a project working in the development of the new generation of technologies designed to mitigate Magnetic Field Perturbations generated by Thermo-Electric Effects.

Curriculum Vitae

Morales, Rafael Ikerbasque Professor – UPV/EHU Research Associate

Nanopatterning (electron beam and interference lithography), thin film deposition, magnetic nanostructure characterization.

Rafael Morales received his Ph. D degree in Physics from the University of Oviedo, Spain, in 2002. He was awarded with a Fulbright and a Marie Curie fellowship to work at the University of California, San Diego. He joined University of Oviedo and Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center, CINN, Spain, in 2007. Since 2010, he works at the University of the Basque Country as Ikerbasque Research Professor. He has experience in the fabrication of magnetic heterostructures by physical vapour deposition techniques, magnetic analysis by magnetometry and magneto-optical methods and nanopatterning lithography procedures. His research interests are focused on dimensionality effects in nanoscale magnetic structures, exchange coupled systems with in-plane and out-of-plane anisotropy and the potential of magnetic nanostructures in biomedical applications.

Interests and objetives
Research on magnetic properties of magnetically coupled heterostructures: thin films and nanostructures.
Biomedical application of magnetic nanostructures.

Curriculum Vitae

Porro, José María MSCA Fellow – Post-Doctoral Researcher

Electron Beam Lithography
Electron Beam Evaporation/Sputtering Deposition
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
Atomic/Magnetic Force Microscopy (AFM/MFM)
Magneto-Optic Kerr Effect Microscopy/Magnetometry (MOKE)
SQUID magnetometry
Experience with OOMMF micromagnetic simulations programming
Python programming
X-Ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (XMCD; synchrotron technique)
X-Ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (XPCS; synchrotron technique)
Transmission X-Ray Microscopy (TXM; synchrotron technique)

Dr. José María Porro Azpiazu has joined BCMaterials in October 2017. He graduated in Physics (Spanish “licenciatura en física) in 2008, and obtained his MSc in Nanoscience in 2010, both from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He joined the nanomagnetism group at CIC nanoGUNE (San Sebastián, Spain), where he developed the work that led to his PhD title from the University of the Basque Country in 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Vavassori. After that he joined the magnetism group at the ISIS department of the Rutherford Appleton National Laboratory (RAL) of the UK as a postdoctoral researcher, supervised by Prof. Sean Langridge.
His research focuses on the static and dynamic properties of interacting ferromagnetic nanostructures in general, with a deeper knowledge about artificial spin-ice systems. He is author and co-author of 12 articles in peer-reviewed indexed journals, receiving about 190 citations (h-index of 8), and has given several invited and contributed oral communications in international conferences and workshops.

Interests and objetives
Currently, I am involved in the study of the effect of patterning in the properties of magnetic shape memory alloys thanks to a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship obtained through the EU Horizon2020 program.

My other interests lie in the fields of nanofabrication (by means of both electron-beam and photolitography), micromagnetism and magnetization dynamics.

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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.