Samuel (PhD Chemistry, UAB, 2008) is Group Leader at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and since 2019 Deputy Director. In 2009, he worked at NIMS, Japan, from 2010-2013 he was Group Leader at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, IFW Dresden, Germany. From 2013-2018 he was Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart. He was one of the first selected members of the Young Academy of Spain in 2020. He received several awards: Guinness World Record® 2010 and 2017 for smallest jet engine; MIT TR35 as “Innovator of the year U35” Spain 2014; Princess of Girona Scientific Research Award 2015; and National Research Award for Young Talent from the FCRi, Catalonia, in 2016 among others. He has been awarded with ERC Starting Grant 2012, 2 ERC PoC 2016 and 2018 and the ERC-Consolidator Grant in 2019. He holds 7 patents, >140 publications, an h-index of 57 and >11600 citations.
Samuel Sánchez is leader of the “Smart Nano-Bio-Devices” group, working in the multidisciplinary field of Nanosciences with interest in developing hybrid robotics systems across different length-scales, from the nano- to the macroscale. Research interest spans from fundamental science, translational approach of nanodevices to the clinic to the exploitation of the protected intellectual property developed by the group.
Currently, the main research lines in the group are: 1. Nanofabrication of nanobots as smart drug delivery systems for biomedical applications such as bladder cancer treatment.; 2. Study of collective phenomena of active nanosystems; 3. Development of personalized medicine based on multifunctional biocompatible nanobots for patient-derived tumors and other diseases, 4. Use of medical imaging tools to track self-propelled nanobots in vivo and 4. 3D Printing living systems based on skeletal muscle tissues for tissue engineering, drug screening and living soft robotics.