BCMaterials - Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures

BCMaterials, Basque Center on Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, is an autonomous research center launched in June 2012 by Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) as a research center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures. The center is included in the BERC’s (Basque Excellence Research Centers) network and its mission is to generate knowledge on the new generation of materials, turning this knowledge into (multi)functional solutions and devices for the benefit of society.

We develop, evaluate, understand and implement materials for sensors and actuators which are critical for the internet of Things and Industry 4.0. We research on materials for advanced biological and biomedical applications and materials for energy (both generation and storage), among others, paradigms fields that are shaping modern technological drives.

Our commitment with society ranges not only in research, development and technology transfer, but also in outreach and the formation of the new generation of great scientists.

Thus, feel free to navigate in through webpage to realize our motivation and competences and to check our main results. Also come to visit and contact us for collaboration, technology transfer or just for knowing the newest developments in advanced materials.

Prof. Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez

Team Leader

S. Lanceros-Mendez graduated in physics at the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Physics of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany. He was Research Scholar at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA and has been visiting scientist at the Pennsylvania State University, USA and University of Potsdam, Germany, among others. From 1998 he has been at the Physics Department of the University of Minho, Portugal, where he is Associate Professor. From 2012 to 2014 he was also Associate Researcher at the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. In January 2016 he joined the BCMaterials, Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, where he is Ikerbasque Research Professor and Scientific Director.

His work is focused in the area of advanced and functional materials for sensors and actuators, energy and biomedical applications, with over 490 ISI papers and 10 patents in the field. In all these research areas S. Lanceros-Méndez has achieved novel and relevant contributions such as the demonstration of the applicability and suitability of piezoelectric materials for tissue engineering applications, the proposal of a new method for the measurement of the magnetostriction of magnetic nanoparticles, based on the magnetoelectric effect, the development of novel high performance magnetoelectric materials, sensors and actuators, the development of highly stretchable piezoresistive materials and sensors that can be applied by printing technologies, and the development of novel processing methods for piezoelectric polymers, among several other highlights. Thus, his works have been published in high ranked journals, such as Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoscale, ChemSusChem, Applied Materials and Interfaces, among others. Several of his papers have reach the marks of “highly cited papers” and/or “most downloaded papers” in their area/journal. He has published 7 topical reviews and has given over 40 invited talks in major conferences, seminars and workshops. Overall he has over 300 conference presentations. He has been guess editor of Ferroelectric and IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (2012), and has been in the organization committee of several conferences. He has written several book chapter is his areas of expertise and, in particular, he has been co-editor of the first book on Polymer Based Magnetoelectric Materials (Wiley) and is co-editing the first book on Printed Batteries (Wiley). At the University of Minho he started a group on Electroactive Smart Materials that nowadays is among the leaders in its field. This has led to the fact that more than 140 students have obtained expertise/ degree under his supervision, including post-doctoral fellows (over 16), PhD (over 25), master (over 100) and undergraduate degrees. Together with the scientific achievements, the technologies developed in his group resulted in 10 patents and three spin-of companies, Somática M&S, Acutus and NanoPaint, in the areas of sensors, materials and equipment’s and active inks for active materials printing, respectively. The first two are already consolidated companies; the latter is in its way. Further, he works closely with national and international industries (Dynasol, Amtrol-Alfa, Bosch, among others) as well as technology centres in applied projects and technology transfer. Finally, he has an excellent record on securing funding for his research and students, has an extensive network of high level colaborators (e.g. U-Cambridge, UK, TU-Dresden, Germany, U-Wollongong, Australia) and has been active in the coordination or research projects, pedagogical grades and scientific institutions. With respect to the later, he has integrated the Scientific Council of the School of Science of the University of Minho, the directive commitee of BCMaterials, he has been the coordinator of the research line on “Functional and smart materials and surfaces for advanced applications” at the Center of Physics of the University of Minho as well as the director of the Center of Physics of the University of Minho.