University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Innovative Polymers group is integrated into BERC POLYMAT Basque Centre for Macromolecular Design and Engineering a the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). POLYMAT is devoted to use-inspired fundamental research on synthesis, assembly and processing of polymers that in concert with theory and simulation enable addressing to the 21st century challenges such as energy, health care and sustainability.

UHV/EHU Partecipants

Prof. David Mecerreye

Prof. David Mecerreye, Ikerbasque Research Professor and main responsible for the Innovative Polymers Group at POLYMAT. The group is currently formed by 17 PhD students and 9 post-doctoral researchers. In 2012 he was awarded with an ERC Consolidator grant “iPES-Innovative Polymers for Energy Storage” and in participated in ITNs OLIMPIA and OrgBio related to the development of polymers for bioelectronics. He has supervised so far 14 PhD students and more than 10 postdoctoral researchers as well as more than 15 master students. He has published more over 270 scientific papers which have received over 11000 citations, he is co-author of several patents and has given over 30 invited and keynote lectures in international conferences.

Dr. Nerea Casado

Dr. Nerea Casado succesfully finished her PhD thesis in 2017 at the University of the Basque Country including secondments at Energy Centers such as Deakin UniversityAustralia and CIC Energigune-Spain. She is (co)author of 15 scientific peer-reviewed publications and got 2 prizes for best poster presentation in international congresses. Her expertise is in the design and characterization of redox polymers for energy and bioelectronics.

Dr. Jaime Martín

Dr. Jaime Martín, is a Ramon y Cajal Fellow and an Ikerbasque Research Fellow at the University of the Basque Country and POLYMAT, conducting research in the broad field of organic functional materials. He previously held a Fellow Gipuzkoa position at POLYMAT and a Marie Curie Fellowship at Imperial College London (UK). His current research encompasses materials science aspects of organic semiconductors, confinement effects on the properties of polymers, and general polymer physics. His scientific results have resulted so far in 42 scientific papers (h-index: 18). At the moment, he has two ongoing PhD project and one post-doctoral researcher working with him.

Dr. Edgar Gutiérrez


Dr. Edgar Gutiérrez finished his PhD in Physics in 2019 at the University Complutense of Madrid. He has worked during four years at the Institute of Structure of Matter in Madrid, focused on the nanostructuring of surfaces and nanoparticles of conjugated, ferroelectric polymers and semiconducting small molecules. He has specialized on structural characterization such as atomic force microscopy and X-ray techniques performed at synchrotron facilities, where he has been involved in more than ten projects. He is co-author of 8 articles published in high-ranked soft matter journals. His current research includes the fabrication and characterization of nanoparticles of semiconducting polymers for the research of cardiovascular disease. 

Dr. Miryam Criado

Dr. Miryam Criado obtained her PhD in Advanced Chemistry in 2017 from Institute of Polymer Science and Technology-CSIC (Madrid, Spain). Afterwards, she held a postdoctoral researcher position (2017-2020) at Institute Charles Sadron-CNRS in collaboration with the National Institute of Health and Medical Research-INSERM (Strasbourg, France). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at POLYMAT (UPV/EHU) and her research work is focused on the development of semiconducting polymer nanoparticles and scaffolds with potential biomedical applications. She is co-author of 17 articles published in peer-review journals and 1 patent.

Former Colleagues

Dr. Diego Magaldi

He earned his Ph.D. (2019) in materials science at the University of Cergy-Paris working on the development of carbazole-based hole transport materials for hybrid perovskite solar cells. His research work is devoted to the conception and synthesis of photoactive molecules with different applications as charge transporters for photovoltaics or photoinitiators for 3D printing. During his career, his synthesized materials resulted in the publication of 6 (co)authored articles and one book.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 FETOPEN 2018-2020 programme under grant agreement No 828984.
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