The Institute

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.


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.