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.

Researchers

Fernandes, Liliana Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: liliana.fernandes@bcmaterials.net

Expertise
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.

Bio
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
Email: rafael.morales@ehu.eus

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

Bio
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
Email: jm.porro@bcmaterials.net

Bio
Physics PhD in Materials Science, from the University of the Basque Country (2014), developed in the nanomagnetism group at CIC nanoGUNE in Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain. Post-doctoral experience for 3.5 years at the ISIS neutron and muon source of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Science and Technology Facilities Council, of the United Kingdom. Visiting scientist for three years at the i10 beamline of the Diamond Light Source, the synchrotron facility of the United Kingdom. Currently Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the BCMaterials.

His expertise is focalized in nanomagnetism, with demonstrated hands-on experience in the design and fabrication of micro and nano-patterned structures, as well as in their characterization by means of standard lab-based techniques, combined with a strong experience in the usage of large scale structures such as neutron and synchrotron sources to complement the characterization of the materials. In particular, he has experience in preparing, submitting and performing neutron scattering and synchrotron-based experiments in the following centres: Institute Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France), ISIS neutron and muon source (Oxfordshire, UK), SPring-8 synchrotron (Hyogo, Japan), ALBA synchrotron (Barcelona, Spain), Diamond Light Source (Oxfordshire, UK), NSLS-II synchrotron (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA), SOLEIL synchrotron (París, France) and Advanced Light Source (Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory, USA).

He has secured funding as a PI of an H2020 project (MSCA-IF-EF-ST), and as researcher in international (EPSRC, UK), national (MINECO) and regional (ELKARTEK) projects. He has published several manuscripts in indexed journals with a strong percentage of them in Q1, with an h-index of 9, and has presented his work as invited and oral speaker in several international and national conferences in the area of magnetism and material sciences.

Research interests
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 general interests lie in the fields of nanomagnetism, nanofabrication, micromagnetic modelling 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.

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