Expression of Interest

Contact Person/Scientist in Charge

  • Name and surname: Dr. Carlos Mas-­Moruno
  • Email:

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Department / Institute / Centre

  • Name: Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group Materials Science and Metallurgy Department - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Address: Av. Eduard Maristany 10-­‐14, 08019 Barcelona (Spain)
  • Province: Barcelona

Research Area

  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)
  • Life Sciences (LIF)
  • Physics (PHY)

Brief description of the institution:

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of architecture, engineering and technology.
In a highly creative context, the UPC's research, teaching and management projects are based on the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, solidarity, cooperation, sustainability, efficiency, transparency and social responsibility. They also reflect the University's commitment to the environment and to change.
With a focus on intellectual rigour, critical thinking, a cross-disciplinary approach to knowledge, educational innovation and entrepreneurship, the UPC produces competent professionals with the skills they need to tackle present and future challenges.
The activity that goes on at UPC campuses and schools has made the University a benchmark institution. The University harnesses the potential of basic and applied research, and transfers technology and knowledge to society. These actions make the UPC—in partnership with industry—an agent and driver of economic and social change.
The UPC puts its scientific and technological infrastructure at the service of research groups and centres, researchers and students, professionals, companies and institutions.
As a leading member of international networks of excellence, the UPC has a privileged relationship with global scientific and educational organisations. As a result, the University is at an advantage when it comes to attracting international talent

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group (including URL if applicable):

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a large University consisting of 23 faculties specialized in engineering, architecture and science. In counts with more than 33k students, with an annually turnover for R&D projects of>49M € and a strong business partnership.

UPC is also very strong in research. It has wide experience in European Projects, having managed 144 projects in FP6 and about 164 projects for FP7. Moreover, it has a large experience with Marie Curie Actions, where up to now UPC has managed 30 projects. So far, within the Horizon 2020 programme (2014-­‐2020) UPC has been granted with 23 projects.The Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group (BBT) is a leading group in biomaterials science composed of a team of 30 researchers of interdisciplinary background. Only in the last 5 years the group has reported more than 100 JCR papers and developed a number patents. The group belongs to the Biomedical Engineering Research Center (CREB), to the Barcelona Research Center in Multiscale Science and Engineering (BRCMSE), to different research networks and has been awarded recognitions to research.The main aim of BBT is to develop biomaterials for regeneration and/or repair of functional tissues and organs. That aim requires the design of materials able of modulating the biological response of the receptor tissue, yielding in some cases regeneration and neoformation of tissues and, in others, a perfect biomaterial integration and recovery of the lost functionality.

Project description:

The following research projects are highlighted:
1)Boosting the development of 3D printing strategies for specific clinical applications
Design of patient-specific synthetic bone grafts based on calcium phosphate biomimetic inks, 3D-printed metallic implants with enhanced mechanical properties and osteointegration capabilities and hydrogel‐based cell-laden bioinks. This line also explores the development of biodegradable cardiovascular stents
2)Design and development of innovative biofunctional coatings and cell-instructive materials for improved tissue integration, including antibacterial strategies.
We are interested in exploring novel biofunctionalization strategies based on multifunctional peptides, peptidomimetics, recombinant protein fragments and nanopolymeric systems, which combine a variety of biological functions including cell adhesive properties, osteogenic potential, antithrombogenic and antibacterial properties.
3)Oncological applications of plasmas and hydroxyapatite doped nanoparticles
Based on the ability of cold atmospheric pressure plasmas to selectively kill cancer cells without damaging the surrounding tissues, we intend to investigate the fundamentals involved in the lethal effects of cold plasmas in bone cancer cells. A second approach investigates hydroxyapatite nanoparticles doped with different metal ions for the selective targeting of cancer cells.Interested Marie S. Curie Fellows, which should be candidates of excellence; would work on a project dealing with any of the three of the previous lines, or a combination therein.


CV of the candidate

Letter of motivation

Contact of three potential referees

Deadline: 15th July 2017

Contact by email:

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