Micro and nano-devices

The multifunctional materials, nanostructures and surfaces being developed, allow the implementation in functional prototypes demonstrating the suitability of the materials for advanced applications. Thus, radiofrequency instrumentation is being implemented for MRI, hyperthermia, and wideband ferromagnetic resonance applications. Force, deformation, magnetic, magnetostrictive and chemical sensors are being fabricated, among others. In addition, the study and implementation of printed and flexible electronic devices is being used for applications in areas such as wearables, point of care devices, interactive surfaces and structural health monitoring.


Castro, Nélson Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: nelson.castro@bcmaterials.net


  • C++
  • C
  • C#
  • Matlab
  • Assembly
  • MySQL
  • Labview
  • solutions
  • PSIM, Multisim, TI TINA, Orcad
  • sensor instrumentation
  • firmware
  • sensor signal processing and data acquisition
  • Eagle
  • Altium
  • GUI
  • Printed Sensor by screen/Ink-jet printing
  • Solidworks
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Sensor Design


Nelson Castro was born in Guimarães, Portugal. He received an integrated Master Degree in electronics and computing engineering from the University of Minho, Portugal in 2013. He worked since October 2013 to February 2017 as a research engineer in the Physics Centre at University of Minho in the development of electronic instrumentation for polymer based printed sensors and smart materials, such as: magnetoelectric, piezoelectric, piezoresistive and capacitive, having published 4 articles in scientific journals. He worked since March til June of 2017 at Somatica, Materials and Solutions in the development of piezoelectric keyboards for industrial applications. Currently, he is working towards his Ph.D at BC Materials in optimization of polymer based magnetic composites and bioreactors for biomedical applications.

Interests and objetives
Currently I am developing the 3D model and interface electronics of an electromechanical bioreactor and magnetic bioreactor for cell stimulation

My other research interests are instrumentation and data communication and analysis for printed sensor arrays; 3D printing of smart materials and electronics; and electroactive inks printing optimization.

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Fernández, Eduardo Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: eduardo.fernandez@bcmaterials.net

Micro and Nano patterning, magnetic characterization, High frequency measurements, magnetic sensors, finite elements magnetic simulations.

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Filipe Hermenegildo, Bruno Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: bruno.hermenegildo@bcmaterials.net

Bruno Hermenegildo was born in Angra do Heroísmo, Azores – Portugal. He received his bachelor degree in Physics in 2016 and his M. Sc. in Biophysics and Bionanosystems in 2018 both from Minho University, Portugal. He joined the Center of Physics of the University of Minho in 2016 where he worked on his thesis in the development of active and biodegradable hydrogels for bone tissue engineering applications, part of which took place during an ERASMUS stay in BCMaterials, in 2017.


Currently I am starting my PhD on hybrid biodegradable active systems for tissue engineering. The main objective of this project is to develop a new and improved solution for the regeneration of damaged or diseased tissues, that avoids the problems related to current solutions such as transplants.

Notable Facts:

Hermenegildo BF, Pereira G, Abreu AS, Castanheira EMS, Ferreira PMT, Queiroz MJRP. Phenanthrenyl-indole as a fluorescent probe for peptides and lipid membranes. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 2011, 221(1): 47-57.

Vilaça H, Pereira G, Castro TG, Hermenegildo BF, Shi J, Faria TQ, Micaêlo N, Brito RMM, Xu B, Castanheira EMS, Martins JA, Ferreira PMT. New self-assembled supramolecular hydrogels based on dehydropeptides. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2015, 3(30): 6355-6367.

Abreu AS, Hermenegildo BFC, Ferreira PMT, Queiroz MJRP, Castanheira EMS. Interaction of fluorescent quinolin-2-one and coumarin derivatives including dipeptides with lipid bilayers. RSC Advances 2016, 6(76): 72141-72148.


  • Multifunctional materials synthesis and characterization
  • Electrospraying smart materials
  • Physical/mechanical characterization of smart hydrogels for use in tissue engineering
  • Testing of microfluidic devices for ecotoxicological studies


García-Arribas, Alfredo UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: alf@we.lc.ehu.es

Thin film technologies; Micro- and nano-patterning; integration of materials for applications.

Dr. Alfredo García-Arribas is currently an associate (tenured) professor at the Universidad of País Vasco UPV/EHU and researcher of BCMaterials, after several years with the University of Oviedo, Spain, and having enjoyed research visits with the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, and Cranfield University, Cranfield, U.K. He got his PhD degree at the Universidad del País Vasco in 1996, devoted his PhD to the study of the properties of amorphous magnetic materials. His current research activity is focused in the application of magnetic materials in micro-sensors and actuators, in particular, those based on magneto-impedance, magneto-elasticity, and magnetic shape memory alloys. He has authored more than 100 scientific articles, receiving more than 750 citations (h-index=17). He has supervised 3 PhD Thesis and is currently directing 3 more.

Interests and objetives
Currently Associate (tenured) Professor in the Electricity and Electronics Department of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) ascribed to BCMaterials.
Teaching activities: Sensors and Actuators; Microsystems; Material Synthesis by thin film deposition.
Main research topics are related to the development and application of magnetic materials to sensors and actuators: for example, thin films for magnetoimpedance sensors and magnetic shape memory alloys for actuators.

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González, Paula Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: paula.gonzalez@bcmaterials.net

Techniques: SEM, DRX, SQUID, TGA

Paula González finished her Physics Degree at University of Cantabria (UC) in 2016. During the degree she worked on the synthesis and characterization of magnetite nanoparticles coated with silica and dye for its application in magnetic hyperthermia. After that she did the Master in New Materials offered by the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the University of Cantabria (UC) and she did her Master thesis with a fellowship in BCMaterials, where she worked in the synthesis and characterization of proton exchange membranes based on polymer@ionic liquid composites.

Nowadays she is carrying out her PhD on the development of functionalized magnetoelastic resonators for VOCs detection at BCMaterials.

Interests and objetives
Currently she is working on the project “Development of functionalized micro-magnetoelastic resonators for VOCs detection”. The principal objective of this project is the development of a miniaturized system able to detect low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In particular, this miniaturized system consist on magnetoelastic resonators functionalized with Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs).

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Lopes, Catarina MSCA Fellow – Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: catarina.lopes@bcmaterials.net

Electroactive polymer composites. Dielectric Spectroscopy.

Ana Catarina Lopes is graduated in Physics and Chemistry in 2006 and Master in Physics in 2009. In September 2013 she obtained her Physics PhD degree at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. Part of her thesis work was in collaboration with the University of Valencia, Spain and University of Münster, Germany, and dealt about electroactive polymeric composites with porous structured materials. She also performed one year Post-doc at the University of Minho, where she worked in the project of ionic electroactive polymers for high performance actuators applications. She is author and co-author of 22 articles in indexed journals in the field of electroactive polymer composites, receiving about 240 citations (h-index=7).

Interests and objetives
Development of magnetic biosensors based on smart materials for bacterial detection.

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Rodrigo Arrizabalaga, Irati Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: irati.rodrigo@bcmaterials.net

Characterization of the magnetic properties of nanoparticles by AC magnetometer, VSM and SQUID.

In vivo studies of the application of magnetic hyperthermia in animal models in order to test the efficacy of the treatment.

Irati Rodrigo Arrizabalaga holds a Physics Degree (2013) and an Electronics Engineering Degree (2013) obtained at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). In 2014, she got a grant from the University of the Basque country to work at the PROBLIGHT biomedical research company. She got a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and National University of Asuncion (UNA). She did an internship in Gaiker-IK4 in the biotechnology area. She joined the BCMaterials in 2016. Irati is currently a PhD student researching on the design and development of novel experimental techniques for magnetic hyperthermia.

Interests and objetives
Currently, I am part of the project “Design and development of novel experimental techniques for magnetic hyperthermia”.

I am interested in the application of physics and electronics in medicine, from image techniques to therapy strategies.

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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.