Academic Partners

University of the Basque Country (POLYMAT)

POLYMAT at the University of the Basque Country is an internationally reputed research institute in Polymer Science. Directed by Prof. J.R. Leiza, POLYMAT includes 21 Assistant, Associate and Full Professors and more than 50 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. The Institute is organised in four areas: Polymer Science, Polymerisation Processes, Rheology and Polymer Processing and has provided technical support to more than 100 companies, both SMEs and large companies. POLYMAT was recently recognised as a BERC (Basque Excellency Research Centre) to launch new research lines in polymers for health, energy and sustainability.


The Innovative Polymers Group (http://www.polymat.eu/es/groups/innovative-polymersgroup) heading by Dr. David Mecerreyes, is specialised in polymer chemistry. The final goal is to synthesize innovative polymeric materials for Emerging Technologies in sectors such as Organocatalysis, Energy and Bioelectronics. The group is currently formed by 14 researchers including 5 post-docs, 1 project manager and 8 PhD students of different nationalities.

  • Dr. Mónica Moreno

    Project Manager. She is European Project Manager in POLYMAT. She is in charge of the management of SUSPOL-EJD Project. In addition, she has experience in the coordination and management of European projects funded by the Marie Curie Actions within the 7th Framework Programme (7PM) such as Initial Training Networks, IRSES Projects, etc. Her duties include the project coordination, general communication, administration and reporting. Furthermore, she is in charge of catalysing the communication between the Project partners and the European Commission.

  • Prof. David Mecerreyes

    In January 2010 he moved to POLYMAT from the private sector to create a new polymer chemistry research group. He directed and trained 4 PhD thesis and to date he has 6 ongoing PhD students. Prof. David Mecerreyes has been involved at many different levels of the education process including undergraduates, master students, graduate students, post-docs and hosting numerous visiting professors.

  • Dr. Haritz Sardon

    Project Coordinator. Recently (January 2014) moved to POLYMAT after a fruitful Post-doc in IBM. He also got experience working in the private sector (Histocell) and can give a different perspective to the ESR students. He is co-supervising 2 PhD students. Dr. Haritz Sardon has been involved in the education process of undergraduates and master students during his PhD and Post-doc.

  • Prof. Lourdes Irusta

    Obtained a position as professor in the department of polymer science and technology department in 1999 and is member of POLYMAT institute since its creation in 1999. She directed 5 PhD thesis, and to date, she has 4 ongoing PhD students. Prof. Lourdes Irusta has been involved for more than fifteen years at many different levels of the education process including undergraduates, Master, graduate and post-docs.

  • Dr. Fernando Ruipérez

    Has an extensive experience in the study of systems which are methodologically complicated, involving multiconfigurational electronic structures, excited states and relativistic effects. He has more than ten years of experience in computational chemistry applying different methodologies with more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement 642671