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.


Basabe-Desmonts, Lourdes UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: lourdes.basabe@ehu.eus

Ikerbasque Research Professor since 2012, Director of the Microfluidics & BIOMICs Cluster UPV/EHU since 2019, Young Member of Jakiunde, the Academy of Science and Arts of the Basque Country since 2016.

Studied chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid until 2002. Then, she moved to the University of Twente in The Netherlands, where she completed her PhD in 2006 under the supervision of Dr. Crego Calama and Prof. David Reinhoudt at the Supramolecular Chemistry Group within the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. In 2006 she joined the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute in Dublin, Ireland, where in 2009 she became Team Leader in Microfluidics for Platelet Biology. In 2012, she was awarded an Ikerbasque Research Professorship and she moved to CICmicroGUNE in the Basque Country, Spain. In 2014, Lourdes joined the BIOMICS research group at the University of the Basque Country, where she established her own independent research team: BIOMICS-microfluidics, focused on the development of lab-on-a-chip technologies. In June 2015 she co-founded the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU with Dr. Fernando Benito-Lopez´s group and in 2019 she promoted the creation of the Microfluidics & BIOMICS Cluster UPV/EHU.

Research Interest: Development of microtecnology and Lab on a chip analytical systems. Research lines: (1) Microfluidics, (2) Smart materials for sensing and actuation, (3) Optical fibers as sensors (4) Surface engineering (5) Microsystems integration.

Google schoolar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_HjAixoAAAAJ&hl=en

Ikerbasque: https://www.ikerbasque.net/es/lourdes-basabe-desmonts

Jakiunde: https://www.jakiunde.eus/nc/miembros/m/?mid=317&n=Basabe-Desmonts-Lourdes

ORCID: 0000-0002-6638-7370

Scopus ID: 8646759700

Benito-López, Fernando UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: fernando.benito@ehu.eus

Fernando Benito-Lopez studied chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and completed his master studies in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry in 2002. He obtained his PhD in Microfluidic Technology at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, in 2007. He carried out his postdoctoral research in the group of Prof. Dermot Diamond at Dublin City University, Ireland, where in 2010 became Team Leader in polymer microfluidics. In 2012, he moved to CIC microGUNE, a Research Centre working in Microtechnology in Spain. Soon later, he was awarded with the prestigious Ramón y Cajal Fellowship. In 2015, he moved to the University of the Basque Country and funded the Analytical Microsystems & Materials for Lab-on-a-Chip Team (AMMa-LOAC) and the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU, Spain, to agglutinate several research groups working in microtechnology. In 2019, he became Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country.

He has a special research interest in microtechnology, microfluidics and in the integration of smart materials within microfluidic devices for sensing and actuation.

My research lines are:

  • Research Line 1. Microfluidics.
  • Research Line 2. Smart materials for sensing and actuation.
  • Research Line 3: Optical fibers as sensors
  • Research Line 4. Surface engineering.
  • Research Line 5. Microsystem integration.


Scientific Highlights:

  • H-factor 29 (Scopus, date: 28/10/2020), 2400+ citations.
  • 83 peer-reviewed journal publications (58 Q1)
  • 1 book (doctoral thesis) and 5 invited book chapters.
  • 56 Peer Reviewed Proceedings Articles (High International Relevance) (24 ORAL).
  • 7 patent applications:3 active, 3 filed but abandoned, 1 filled but withdrawn.
  • 6 cover articles.
  • 85 Oral presentations (42 Invited Talks), 89 Poster Contributions.
  • Cited in Press (New Scientist, L’Expansion, Sunday Times, The Irish Times, …)
  • 5 PhD students doctoral thesis supervised and 11 PhD doctoral thesis in progress.

ORCID: 0000-0003-0699-5507

Castro, Nélson Post-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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del Campo García, Francisco Javier Ikerbasque Research Professor
Email: Javier.delcampo@bcmaterials.net

F. Javier del Campo graduated in Analytical Chemistry from Stratchlyde University (1998) and the University of the Basque Country (1999). He obtained a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2003, where he specialized in Electrochemistry. After 18 months in industry, developing Electrochemistry-based process solutions for international companies and government agencies, he joined the Spanish National Microelectronics Centre, where he further specialized in miniaturization and systems integration, covering a number of fabrication technique including microfabrication, conventional manufacturing processes and screen printing with a focus on prototype development methodologies. During this time, his research involved the miniaturization of electrochemical sensors and biosensors for environmental and health applications, particularly in the area of point of care devices.

His most recent activities have focused on the development of self-powered sensors based on electrochromic materials, as a means to avoid the need for silicon-based components, which earned him a Leonardo grant from the BBVA Foundation in 2016.

To date, Javier has co-authored over 100 scientific publications (h=29), is co-inventor in 8 patents and has supervised 7 PhD theses.
He is now Ikerbasque research professor leading the Micro- and Nano- devices line at BCMaterials.

Current research interests include: Electrochemistry, microfluidics, sensors and biosensors, miniaturization techniques, and systems integration.

Google scholar —- Research gate —- OrcID

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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García-Arribas, Alfredo UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: alfredo.garcia@ehu.eus

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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Gestoso-Carbajo, Guillermo Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: guillermo.gestoso@bcmaterials.net

I am graduated in Physics in 2019 at the University of the Salamanca (USAL). My bachelor thesis was on “Quantum point contact in h-BN graphene heterostructures with graphite backgate” being a common user of the clean room of the University of the Salamanca.

Subsequently, I finished my Master´s degree in Physics and Mathematics in 2020 at the University of the Salamanca. My Master thesis entitle “Deep learning micromagnetic” were carried out at the University of Salamanca and the start-up Artelnics S.L. where I used the state-of-the-art techniques of machine learning in the fundamental problems of micromagnetic. Simultaneously, I worked as machine learning researcher at Artelnics developing research projects, where machine learning is applied to solve real-world problems.

Currently, I am developing micromagnetic simulations of magnetoresistance sensors for the detection of a single magnetotactic bacterium.

Hermenegildo Filipe, 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


Jaimes Merazzo, Karla Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: karla.merazzo@bcmaterials.net

Dr. Karla J. Merazzo received her M.Sc. and PhD in Condensed Matter Physics and Nanotechnology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Her research line is magnetic nanostructures & nanodevices, spintronics and sensors. She has focused in magnetic nanodevices such as Spin Valves, Magnetic Tunnel Junctions, Spin Torque Nano-Oscillators, and magnetic & magnetoelectric sensors. Their applications include memory storage, microwave oscillators and sensors (biomedicine, smart systems, among others). She has participated in several international research projects, with over 20 scientific papers in international journals, participation in more than 40 international/national conferences, experiments at synchrotron facilities, co-supervision and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. She has formed a wide scientific network along Europe and has years of experience in teaching Physics for university students.


RESEARCHER ID: J-5164-2012 (also V-5543-2019 by an error I am fixing)

AUTHOR ID: 26531546800

ORCID CODE: 0000-0003-0521-5142





Totoricaguena Gorriño, Joseba Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: joseba.totoricaguena@bcmaterials.net

Joseba Totoricaguena graduated in Physics in 2018 and in Electronic Engineering in 2019 at the University of Basque Country. Focusing his degree thesis on radio-frequency applications of thin films at the Electricity and Electronics department of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Leioa.

Subsequently, he finished his master degree in New Materials in 2020 at the University of Basque Country and the University of Cantabria and a master degree in Teachers in 2020 at the International University of Valencia (VIU). His New Materials master thesis was “Nanostructured thin films-based elements: focus on high frequency applications”.

He is currently starting his PhD in at BCMaterials Integration of multifunctional materials for biodetection in microfluidic platforms under the direction of Francisco Javier del Campo (BCMaterials) and Fernando Benito (UPV/EHU).

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.