Trinidad Méndez Morales, Bárbara Blanco Fernández, and Ana Gómez Varela, postdoctoral researchers at iMATUS, selected for prestigious Ramón y Cajal contracts

The USC Materials Institute (iMATUS) has secured three new Ramón y Cajal contracts. The outstanding careers of Trinidad and Bárbara have been reflected in respective contracts in the field of Materials Science and Technologies, while Ana has obtained hers in the area of Physical Sciences.

The Ramón y Cajal program aims to promote the incorporation of research personnel into research organizations, both Spanish and foreign, with a remarkable trajectory in their field and who have developed their professional activity abroad for a certain period. It is a highly competitive program that enhances the attraction and retention of talent. These three new Ramón y Cajal contracts join the current two researchers with ongoing Ramón y Cajal contracts, David Serantes Abalo and Patricia López Sánchez. In January 2024, the adhesion of Antía Sanchez Botana, currently at Arizona State University, is also scheduled. It is worth noting that several senior members of iMATUS once received this recognition.

Achieving three Ramón y Cajal contracts in the 2022 call is a success for a recently established center like iMATUS, which reflects the scientific quality of its members. iMATUS is a center of excellence in research that develops cutting-edge science on new materials and their applications in health, environment, energy, and industrial innovation. The mission of the Institute is to conduct multidisciplinary, excellent science and have a high scientific and socio-economic impact on materials science and technology, complementing the R&D&I ecosystem in Galicia. iMATUS is a hub that attracts prominent researchers in the materials field, enabling collaborative support for the training of young researchers and knowledge transfer for the benefit of science, productive activity, and society in general.