The Institute

The Institute of Materials (iMATUS) is made up of 52 researchers linked to USC who have notable research capacities both in the field of basic knowledge and in the applied area of materials, including the development of processes and their transfer to the productive sectors.

iMATUS seeks to organize in an integrated and complementary way a set of consolidated capacities at the University of Santiago de Compostela.


Excellent science and scientific leadership

Consolidate research in technological materials and nanoscience, exploring the balance between frontier research based on the complementarity of various scientific capacities and applied research with a clear technological projection.

Talent enhancement

Promotion of standards, criteria and profiles to form an optimal critical mass.

Efficient management

Establishment of an organization that consolidates a collective culture that allows a more effective and efficient sharing of common strategies for all researchers who can join the Research Agenda.

Responsible research and innovation

Management of the complementarity of the associated scientific capacities to successfully address the challenges of the society that Campus Vida prioritizes in areas such as health and the environment.


Focus on basic enabling technologies prioritized in Horizon Europe within the Industrial Leadership program, acting as an engine for diversification and competitiveness of industrial sectors and promoting the new knowledge economy. Thus, iMATUS is aligned with The industrial model of Galicia of the Future and New model of healthy living defined by the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) designed by the Xunta de Galicia.