POLYMAT encompasses two complementary research organizations, associated to the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, the Institute for Polymer Materials and the Basque Center for Macromolecular Design and Engineering. The Institute is devoted to stimulate the university-industry relationships in the field of polymers and the Center is focused on use-inspired fundamental research on synthesis, assembly and processing of polymers.

  • BASF

    BASF SE is a leading supplier of polymer dispersions for coating, adhesive and construction applications. New product developments as well as fundamental research is done in BASF's global division Advanced Materials and Systems Research. Scientists in the Department of Coating Materials and Systems  at our Ludwigshafen research laboratory are closely working together in interdisciplinary and international teams with colleagues in from our research centers in North America and Asia and from the business divisions as well as with scientists from the Materials Physics & Analytics department and academic research institutes.

Early-Stage Researchers (ESR)

  • Sil Nevejans
    Sil Nevejans

    Sil Nevejans received her B.Sc. in Chemistry in July 2013 from the University of Ghent. Her master thesis focused on polyacetals from biobased building blocks for high-end applications and was carried out in the Polymer Chemistry Research Group (PCR-group). She received her M.Sc. in Chemistry (Major Molecular and Macromolecular Design, Minor Research and Development) in July 2015 from the University of Ghent.

  • Massimo Bandiera
    Massimo Bandiera

    Massimo Bandiera received his B.Sc. from Ca' Foscari University of Venice in 2010 and the M.Sc. from the same university in 2012. From May 2013 to May 2014 he worked at Ca' Foscari University on the synthesis of modified paracyclophanes for CVD coating application, in collaboration with an industrial partner. From June 2014 to May 2015 he studied the sythesis and the formulation of polymeric admixtures for the construction field at BASF Construction Chemicals Italia.

  • Gordana Siljanovska Petreska
    Gordana Siljanovska Petreska

    Gordana Siljanovska Petreska earned her B.S in Basic Organic and Polymer Engineering at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University St. Cyril and Methodius (Skopje, R. Macedonia) in 2009. For her bachelor thesis she worked on biodegradable poly(L-lactic acid)/TiO2 nanocomposites. She earned her M.S in New Materials Polymer at the same university in 2015. Her master thesis was focused on laser ablation of polymer/graphene nanocomposites using IR CO2 laser. During her master studies she worked as an early stage researcher within NATO Science for Peace Project: Novel Sensors Based on Laser Ablated Graphene in collaboration with two international institutes. She spent six months researching and training at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals AS CR – Prague, Czech Republic, and at the Joxe Mari Korta Center, Institute for Polymer Materials, POLYMAT in San Sebastian, Spain.