Dr. Jaime Martín


Dr. Jaime Martín
Research Associate

Centro Joxe Mari Korta
Avenida de Tolosa, 72
20018 Donostia - San Sebastián

email: jaime.martin@polymat.eu
Tel:+34 943 018959


Jaime Martín received his BSc in Chemistry from University of Basque Country (San Sebastián). He then carried out his PhD at Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polymeros of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Madrid) in the area of polymer nanostructures. He then joined Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid (CSIC, Spain), where he focused on the development of novel ordered porous systems based on anodic aluminium oxide. He then held a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Independent Fellow at Imperial College London (UK) and was involved in different projects on polymer materials for electronics – ferroelectric polymers and semiconducting polymers. From early 2017, Jaime is a Gipuzkoa Fellow at the Basque Center for MACROMOLECULAR DESIGN & ENGINEERING, Polymat Fundazioa, where he conducts research on functional polymer materials for optical applications. Aim is to develop versatile, stimuli-responsive polymeric photonic crystals to provide optical solutions in everyday-life areas, such as, energy efficiency and conservation, intelligent packaging, textiles, security, etc.

Honors and awards

  • Gipuzkoa Fellow, Basque Excellence Research Centre, POLYMAT fundazioa, San Sebastián.

  • Academic Visitor Position at Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK for 2017.

  • Member of the Community Board of the journal Materials Horizons (RSC).

  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK.

  • 2nd prize for the best Spanish Doctoral Thesis in Polymer Science at awarded by the Polymer Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and Physics.

  • FPU Scholarshipof the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education for PhD studies.


The coherent arrangement of nanoscale elements into well organized, hierarchical architectures has demonstrated to be a successful approach to produce materials of outstanding properties. As a matter of fact, this strategy is the one that Nature employs to design “materials” with unique functionalities, such as the color-tunable skin of cephalopods and butterflies as well as the unwettable foils of lotus plant. These systems have in common that nanosized soft elements are rationally arranged in a hierarchical configuration, so that such coherent arrangement results in the appearance of exceptional phenomena that provide new properties to the material. Likewise, my research has pursued to fabricate, study and employ ultra-small polymeric materials (polymeric micro- and nanoobjects) that can be arranged into hierarchical structures with the goal to develop advanced functional materials that find applications in a wide range of areas, from electronics, to optics, to energy harvesting, to biomedicine.

My aim has been, moreover, to seek for the improvement of materials properties via the fundamental understanding of the polymer behaviour at different length scales (nano, meso, micro and macro scales). Properties of nanosized polymers frequently differ from those of their bulk counterparts (confinement effects). Hence, fundamentals aspects of the behaviour of polymers at the nanoscale, such as their crystallization, phase behaviour, relaxation processes, molecular conformation, wetting aspects, etc. are to be elucidated and understood in order to tune the properties of complex, hierarchical nanomaterials.

Research lines

Innovative Polymers Group