Biography

My research focuses on the broad study, development, and application of biological materials and engineering systems. In 2014 I was awarded the world’s most outstanding young researcher in materials science by the Bayer Foundation, in 2015 one of the ten Asia Innovators Under 35 by MIT, and in 2016 one of the top innovators in sustainability by the Launch Organization (NASA, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Department of State). I have also been awarded with the Zwick Science Award for my studies on Mechanical Testing, and best PhD thesis at the University of Barcelona for studies in the use of biopolymers in Microelectronics and Biomedicine.

After my Ph.D, I moved to MIT, where I developed the “Micro-Masonry”, a technology to assemble artificial organs and recognized as “breakthrough in tissue engineering” (CNET). Later, I moved to the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, where I designed and made “Shrilk“, a compostable and biocompatible material inspired by the insect cuticle. Shrilk is referred, for example, to as “one of the materials that will change the future of manufacturing” (Scientific American), a “Supermaterial” (National Geographic), and has been chosen (with graphene and metamaterials) one of the “five material that could change the word” (The Guardian).

My opinions and views on scientific issues and environmental policies have been covered in personal interviews, documentaries, and articles of National Geographic, BBC, PBS, FOX, Euronews, Discovery Channel, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Scientific American…

Academic Positions

  • Present2015

    Assistant Professor

    Singapore University of Technology and Design, EPD

  • 20142010

    Research Associate

    Harvard University, Wyss Institute

  • 20102009

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2008

    Doctor of Philosophy (NanoBioEngineering)

    University of Barcelona/Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (Spain)

  • Visiting Scholar 2007

    Visiting Scholar (School of Engineering)

    University of Glasglow (United Kingdom)

  • MSc 2004

    Master of Science (Nanotechnology)

    Lund University (Sweden)/University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • MSc 2004

    Master of Science (Fundamental Physics)

    University of Cantabria (Spain)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2018
    Purmundus Innovation Award
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    International innovation award in the fields of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacture.

    Press Release

  • 2018
    Singapore Good Design - SGMark
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    International award by the prestigious Japan Good Design Mark (G Mark) and by the Design Singapore Council for good design to enhance societies/communities and improve the environment.

    Press Release

  • 2016
    Launch - Closing the Loop
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    One of the six innovators on new types of closed loop solutions and recycling technologies. LAUNCH (NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, and NIKE, Inc.) is a network-centred innovation platform to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges.

    Press Release

  • 2015
    TR 35 - Asia
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    One of the ten outstanding innovators in Asia under 35. MIT Technology Review young innovators are chosen for being trailblazers in their fields and be leading the next generation of technological breakthroughs

    Press Release

  • 2014
    Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award
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    World’s most significant researcher on Materials Sciences in early stage of his academic career (USA)

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  • 2013
    Zwick Science Award
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    International award in Mechanical Testing and Materials Characterization (Germany)
  • 2010
    Best 2008 Ph.D. Thesis
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    XIV Premi calustre de Doctors” to the best Ph.D. thesis of the University of Barcelona.

    Press Release (In Catalan)

    Speech (In Spanish)

  • 2008
    European Ph.D. Award
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    Award supported by the Universität Siegen (Germany), Lund University (Sweden), and University of Glasgow (UK)

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