Workshop 4 - Biomaterials for MLD, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and exploitation of research results

Topic and theme of the workshop

 Hybrid materials offer the possibility of exploiting the materials properties of both their organic and inorganic constituents, with the attractive possibility of creating altogether novel functionalities. In thin film format, these materials can enable breakthroughs in several technological application areas such as packaging, electronics, and biomedical applications. 

Combining inorganic and organic building blocks on a molecular scale is challenging due to the different preparative conditions needed for forming inorganic and organic networks. An attractive method is molecular layer deposition (MLD). MLD resembles the mainstream technology of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). 

In contrast to ALD, the precursor chemistry in MLD is expanded to include organics in addition in inorganics, thus enabling linking both types of building blocks together in a controlled way to build up organic-inorganic hybrid materials. The technique has already been extended to cover a plethora of metal and organic components resulting in both amorphous and crystalline hybrid thin films with a wide range of potential applications. 

One of the envisioned application fields relates to biological or biomedical applications. Understanding of biochemical processes between biomaterials and surfaces/interfaces and characterization methods are of crucial importance for developing applications. 

The 2-day workshop 4a will therefore consist of a set of lectures which span a range of topics of relevance for understanding materials, procedures and methods necessary to tackle bio-applications. 

The subsequent part, the 3-day workshop 4b, will give insight into entrepreneurship, exploitation of results and securing intellectual property. 


 CIC nanoGUNE, Tolosa Hiribidea,76, 20018 Donostia - San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain 


The workshop is organized as a part of the European Training Network for Functional Hybrid Coatings by Molecular Layer Deposition (HYCOAT) and is one of the hands-on workshops for the PhD students (Early Stage Researchers) of the HYCOAT program. ESRs are required to attend this training event and all costs are covered by the HYCOAT Network.


Workshop 4a – Introduction to Biomaterials

Monday September 2nd

9:00 – 11:00       Lecture 1: Fundamentals of Biochemistry, biotechnology and biomaterials – Leyre Barandiaran Larrea and Nerea Barruetabeña Garate 
11:00 – 11:30     Coffee Break 
11:30 – 13:00     ESRs 1-7 Presentations (10 minutes) 
13:00 – 14:00     Lunch Break 
14:00 – 16:00     Lecture 2: Physical chemistry of biofunctionalized surfaces – Miguel Manso 
16:00 – 16:30     Coffee Break 
16:30 – 17:30     Lecture 3: Biocompatibility of Surfaces – Sergio Moya 

Tuesday September 3rd

9:30 – 11:00       Lecture 4: Biosensing and biofunctionalization – Miguel Manso 
11:00 – 11:30     Coffee Break 
11:30 – 13:00     ESRs 8-15 Presentations (10 minutes) 
13:00 – 14:00     Lunch Break 
14:00 – 16:00     Lecture 5: Confocal Microscopy, Electron microscopy on biomaterials, image processing – Malou Henriksen 
16:00 – 16:30     Coffee Break 
16:30 – 17:30     Supervisory Board Meeting 

20:30                  HYCOAT Dinner at Kaskazuri 
Paseo de Salamanca, 14, 20003 San Sebastián (Parte Vieja)  

Workshop 4b – IP, Entrepreneurship, Exploitation of Research Results, 

Wednesday September 4th 

9:30 - 11:00       Lecture 1: Entrepreneurship – Manuela Bercioux-Trummer 
11:00 - 11:30     Coffee Break 
11:30 – 13:00    Lecture 2: Entrepreneurship – Manuela Bercioux-Trummer 
13:00 – 14:00    Lunch Break 
14:00 – 16:00    Lecture 3: Practical Experience of Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship – Paul Poodt 

Thursday September 5th 

9:30 - 11:00       Lecture 5: Time Management – Andreas Seifert 
11:00 - 11:30     Coffee Break 
11:30 – 13:00    Lecture 6: Intellectual Property, Exploitation of research results, ABG Patentes 
13:00 – 14:00    Lunch Break 
14:00 – 16:00    Lecture 7: Intellectual Property, Exploitation of research results, ABG Patentes 

Friday September 6th

9:30 - 11:00       Lecture 8: Entrepreneurship – Manuela Bercioux-Trummer 
11:00 - 11:30     Coffee Break 
11:30 – 13:00    Lecture 9: Entrepreneurship – Manuela Bercioux-Trummer 


IMPORTANT NOTE: Airport staff in Bilbao are set to strike on August 31 and September 1 which could affect the status of the flights. Flight disruptions, including delays and cancelations, are possible. Please consider this information when planning your trip. 

By flight to San Sebastian: 

Within a radius of barely 100 kilometres around San Sebastian there are three airports. 

San Sebastian airport is 20 minutes from the city center. It has shuttle flights to the main Spanish cities, Madrid, and Barcelona. Not far away are the airports of Bilbao, connected to the whole of Europe, and Biarritz, served by French, international, and low-cost airlines. 
• San Sebastian Airport (EAS) – 20 km (Shuttle service San Sebastian airport – city center) 
• Bilbao Airport (BIO) – 105 km (Shuttle service Bilbao Airport – San Sebastian) 
• Biarritz Airport (BIQ) – 40 km (Shuttle service Biarritz Airport – San Sebastian) 

Getting to San Sebastian by taxi could cost approximately 160 euros from Bilbao Airport, 105 euros from Biarritz Airport, and 45 euros from San Sebastian Airport.

By bus from the airport 

• PESA bus from Bilbao Airport, At each quarter to the hour from 7.45 until 23.45. Buy the ticket online and take a printed version. Tickets can be bought at the machine at airport or the bus station in San Sebastian. Tickets can also be bought straight from the bus driver on the way to Donostia but NOT on the way back. In this case, you have to buy it from the bus station. 

• ALSA Bus from Biarritz Airport. Buy the tickets online and take a printed version with you. Check the timetable on the website. 

By train 

Situated right in the center of the city, San Sebastian’s train station, known as the Northern Station, is connected to a large number of Spanish cities, including Madrid and Barcelona, and also to Paris and Lisbon. There is also a high-speed train connection (TGV) between Paris and Hendaye. 

• RENFE-Spanish national railway company
• Euskotren 
• SNCF-France’s national railway company 

Accommodation suggestions

  1. Hotel Hesperia Donosti

  2. Hotel NH Collection San Sebastian Aranzazu 

  3. Hotel Distrito Oeste 


Prof. Mato Knez 
Phone: +34 943 57 4040 

Oksana Iurkevich 
Phone: +34 644 313 573 

Prof. Christophe Detavernier 
Phone: +32 9 264 43 54 

Dr. Jolien Dendooven 
Phone: +32 9 264 43 48