BCMaterials’ mission – Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures – is to develop high-quality interdisciplinary research in functional and active Materials with advanced Mechanical, Thermal, Electric, Magnetic and Optical properties, from basic aspects to applications. Materials in thin film form and characterization techniques involving Large International Facilities, such as neutron and synchrotron radiation sources, will be essential. In order to achieve the mission outlined above, BCMaterials works towards the following challenges:
- To work in close collaboration with research groups in Materials Science at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Biscay, promoting worldwide their activity in this field.
- To carry out high-level post-graduate training in new materials.
- To promote interdisciplinary collaboration with leading centers as the driving force behind major scientific and technological advances.
BCMaterials was 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.