UPC - BarcelonaTech


Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and with a population of about 1,620,000 citizens, the second largest city in Spain. Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast is located between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge. It is the main component of a union of adjacent cities and municipalities named the Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB).


To a greater extent than the rest of Catalonia, where Catalonia's native Catalan is more dominant, Barcelona is a bilingual city: Catalan and Spanish are both official languages and widely spoken. Since the arrival of democracy, the Catalan culture (very much repressed during the dictatorship of Franco) has been promoted, both by recovering works from the past and by stimulating the creation of new works.


Barcelona is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. It is a city full of interesting museums, expositions, beautiful architecture, venues for music and theatre as well as sports events. Especially in summer, life takes place outside, where creativity has no limits. As Barcelona is surrounded by beaches and mountains, there are also many possibilities to spend some time outside the city and enjoy nature.Particularly renowned are architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


 The UPC is specialized in the fields of architecture, engineering and science. It is recognised as one of the top engineering universities of Spain has been the first university in Spain to give an Engineering degree in Materials Science and Engineering. UPC is the Spanish university with the highest number of master and doctoral students from abroad and largest number of double degree programmes (82). Materials Science and Engineering has made an important contribution to make UPC Spain’s technical university with the highest scientific production, the highest citable output, the highest research competitiveness and the largest research income.


Research activities at UPC

 Research carried out in the department covers five main research areas:

  • Biomechanics and biomaterials
  • Polymer and composite technology
  • Mechanical behaviour of metals and ceramics
  • Metallic materials forming processes
  • Light alloy and surface treatments


The following Research Groups participate in the Master and provide topics for Master Thesis:

 Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering

  • Biomaterials for bone tissue engineering and bone regeneration
  • Metallic biomaterials
  • Surface functionalisation of biomaterials for bone, vascular and neural applications
  • Calcium phosphate based ceramics and composites
  • Injectable biomaterials 

 Further information: Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering

Contact person of the group: maria.pau.ginebra(at)upc.edu


 Structural Integrity, Reliability and micromechanics of materials

  • Advanced ceramics and coatings for biomedical applications
  • Fracture, fatigue and contact behavior of tool materials: hardmetals, tool steels and ceramic coatings
  • Micro and Nano-mechanics of advanced ceramics and thin films for extreme operations
  • Improvement of mechanical properties (toughness, fatigue response, formability, wear) of martensitic stainless steels and advanced high strength steels by microstructural design
  • Study of oxidation phenomena of ferritic stainless steels used as interconnects in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) 


Further information: www.ciefma.es

Contact person of the group: Antonio.Manuel.Mateo(at)upc.edu  

Positions for PhD and Master Thesis: www.ciefma.es


PROCOMAME - Metallic Materials Forming Processes

  • Characterization of the hot deformation behavior of steels
  • Developement of advanced high strength steels for automotive applications
  • New processing routes for the production of ultrafine and nanocrystalline structures
  • Characterization of cold forming processes
  • Finite element simulation of metal forming processes
  • Characterization of the mechanical properties of forming tools

 Read more about Metallic Materials Forming ProcessesMetallic Materials Forming Processes.

Contact person of the group: jose.maria.cabrera(at)upc.edu

Barcelona in pictures

Rambla de Mar - Port Vell. @ Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge
Museu tèxtil i d'indumentària. @ Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge
Port Olímpic. @ Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge
Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. @ Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge
Casa Milà "La Pedrera". @ Turisme de Barcelona / L. Bertran
Torre Agbar. @ Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge
Parc Güell - Banc ondulat. @ Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullàs
Carrer al barri de la Ribera. @ Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullàs
Palau Dalmases. @ Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullàs
Platja a la Vila Olímpica. @ Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullàs
Mirador de Colom. @ Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullàs
Anella Olímpica de Montjüic. @ Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge




EUSMAT - European School of Materials

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