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Samuel Sánchez an ICREA leads the 'Smart nano-bio-devices“ group and deputy director for Internationalization at IBEC (Foto: IBEC).

IBEC Researcher Samuel Sánchez, elected new member of the Young Academy of Spain

Samuel Sánchez, ICREA researcher leading the group Smart nano-bio-devices at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) in PCB, is one of the new 13 researchers who will be a member of the Young Academy of Spain. In this call, to which 185 candidates applied, only 7% of the applicants have been selected in a highly competitive process.


Last Thursday, May 28, the General Board of the Young Academy of Spain elected 13 new academic members. An independent international committee composed of highly prestigious researchers from different areas of knowledge participated in the selection process.

In this call, to which 185 candidates applied, only 7% of the applicants have been selected in a highly competitive process.Among the researchers chosen, some of them have been awarded with other prestigious grants from the European Research Council, the ERC-Starting Grant and Consolidator Grant, such as Samuel Sánchez himself, as well as two winners of the Princess of Girona Prize, among which is also Samuel and several researchers from the Ramón y Cajal Program.

A referent in the nanotechnology field

Samuel Sánchez Ordóñez, born in Terrassa in 1980, holds a degree and a doctorate in chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has carried out his research in different international reseach centers, such as the University of Twente (Netherlands), the International Center for Young Scientists (Japan), the National Institute for Materials Science (Japan) or the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden (Germany).

He has also been a researcher at the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Intelligence Systems, in the city of Stuttgart (Germany), and since 2015 has is a member of the Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC), where he carries out his duties as an ICREA researcher leading his own group of research, called “Smart nano-bio-devices“. Currently, he is also deputy director for Internationalization at IBEC.

Among many other distinctions, Samuel Sánchez has won the MIT Award for Innovators under 35 years old (2014), the Princess of Girona Foundation Award for Scientific Research (2015) and the National Research Award to Young Talent (2016). In 2019 he was awarded the prestigious “Consolidator Grant” of the European Research Council (ERC). With their i-NANOSWARMS project, Sánchez and his team will study the collective behavior of nanorobots capable of self-propelling, and thus study their possible application for drug administration and image diagnosis.

Samuel hopes to contribute to the Academy with his international profile and expertise, his passion for science, for scientific communication and his efforts to develop excellent science. In addition, he has a great interest in being a reference for young researchers and helping them in their scientific career.

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