Institute of Materials

excellence in the scientific-technological frontier


The Institute of Materials (iMATUS) is a research center of excellence that develops cutting-edge science on new materials and their applications in health, environment, energy and industrial innovation. iMATUS research provides solutions to major social challenges and contributes to the economic development of Galicia, providing technology and collaborative R&D to make its industry more competitive.

iMATUS aspires to be a research center of international reference in the field of materials. The Institute’s mission is to do multidisciplinary science of excellence and have a scientific and socioeconomic impact in materials science and technology, relying on the R&D&i ecosystem that Galicia has. iMATUS aims to become a center of attraction for outstanding researchers in the field of materials, who can collaboratively promote the training of young researchers and the transfer of knowledge for the benefit of science, productive activity and society in general.

iMATUS is made up of 61 researchers of the University of Santiago de Compostela who have notable research capabilities both in the field of basic knowledge and in the applied area of materials, including the development of processes and their transfer to the country’s productive sectors.


Materials for Health

Line 1: Biomimetic platforms for theragnostics of cardiovascular diseases and cancer

Line 2: Organs-on-chip and scaffolds for regenerative medicine

Materials for Industry and Emerging Technologies

Line 3: Photonics, and quantum and topological materials

Line 4: Advanced heterogeneous catalysts

Materials for Energy and Environment

Line 5: New nanostructured materials for the control of emerging pollutants and biological agents

Line 6: Efficient energy systems: nano-lubricants and advanced electrochemical storage devices


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More than € 6.7 million of funds obtained from projects and agreements