• Smart control of light waves with metamaterials, metasurfaces and non-Hermetian media, which can improve the directionality of sound/microwave antenna.
  • Simulation and quantitative study of quantum solids, liquids and gases at low temperatures.


  • Multifunctional materials for the production of medical implants with high-performance antibacterial potential.
  • Bio-based materials and fibres to replace petroleum-based polyurethanes.
  • Hybrid materials, conjugated systems and polymers that can act as sensors and drug delivery devices.
  • Design of new degradable polymer matrices with bactericide, antioxidant and anticancer properties.
  • Surgical smart, biocompatible meshes.

Fibres, coatings and composites

  • Hydrogel coatings loaded with functional nanoparticles for chronic wounds and other applications.
  • Computational modelling and fast testing to boost the use of lightweight materials in the automobile industry.
  • Technologies for manufacturing fibre reinforced plastic for lightweight structures.
  • Thermally conductive polymer composite materials to recover metals and minerals from brine produced by desalination plants.

Materials for electronics and energy

  • Hybrid materials for low-cost, very high-efficiency sustainable photovoltaic technologies.
  • Study of photocatalytic and antibacterial activity of solid surfaces.
  • Manufacture of silicon (Si) die and coverglass for solar sensors with applications in space.
  • Optical control technologies in ferroelectric materials for sensors, memory devices and actuators..
  • Nanoporous electrodes for energy storage prototypes that achieve high power densities through drying/wetting cycles.
  • Photocatalytic production of H2 with microreactors and photonic glass.
  • Bimetallic catalysts for energy management and for blue and green hydrogen production.