Materials for Digitalization and Emerging Technologies

Technological advances rely on both new materials and processing/manufacturing technologies. BCMaterials is working on the development of smart and multifunctional materials with improved processability and integration through advanced manufacturing processes, including additive manufacturing. Self-sensing, self- cleaning and self-repairing materials will be developed for printing technologies. Data providing and data management are at the core of the digitalization of society, materials for sensors and actuators will be developed and integrated in a variety of applications, including smart cities, smart interiors, industry 4.0 and wearables, among others.

Materials for Biomedicine and Biotechnology

Related with the aging of population and the strong needs on early detection of illnesses, advanced biomedical approaches are needed. Advanced and multifunctional materials are providing new tools in order to tackle those important challenges. In this context, BCMaterials will focus, among others, on the development of nanoparticle based solutions for biomedicine, from hyperthermia to point of care microdevices, as well as on the incorporation of active scaffolds and microenvironments for tissue engineering, including organ-on-a-chip approaches.

Materials for Energy Generation and Storage

One of the current grand challenges is related to energy and the necessary energy transition, its generation and storage in a society highly dependent on mobility. Next generation of energy production and storage systems will be developed based on advanced, environmental friendly and multifunctional materials. BCMaterials will specifically focus on the conversion between solar energy and chemical energy based on perovskite and kesterite based solar cells; on the development of energy harvesting systems, mainly based on mechanoelectric (piezoelectric and triboelectric) and thermo-electric systems for self-power and wearable sensors; active materials for Li and Na- batteries, as well as new approaches for solid electrolytes (with sensing and healing capabilities) and printable batteries. Finally, increasing activity is being devoted to hydrogen generation and storage based on both the catalytic and storage abilities of the mesoporous materials developed in the center.

Materials for Environmental Prevention, Remediation and Monitoring

The strong technological advances of recent years are leaving important footprints in our environment. Three main issues must be solved in the near future: environmental friendlier materials and technologies, environmental sensing and remediation of contaminated scenarios. BCMaterials will focus on solutions based on materials for sensing (including heavy metals, volatile organic compounds or fluorine sensing, among others) and remediation strategies for water (advance photocatalysis and/or absorption of contaminants of emerging concern, arsenic or fluorine, among others) air (volatile organic compounds) as well as in the new generation of multifunctional materials compatible with the principles of sustainability and circular economy.