Students of the Master in Chemistry at the Interface with Biology and Materials Science (CHEMBIO&MAT) have recently completed their Master Thesis Dissertations. Among the topics selected, novel molecular precursors for nanoporous graphenes or the development of biomimetic materials are just a few examples of the research lines carried out by students whose projects were supervised by renowned scientists and evaluated by the members of the panel. "Students have shown great interest in learning, the quality of the work submitted, and their presentations have been outstanding" said programme coordinator Juan R. Granja.

This marked the end of the first edition of the Master's (2019-2020), a pioneering qualification for those interested in exploring the frontier between chemistry, biology and nanomaterials. The study plan is conducted exclusively in English and stands out for its interdisciplinarity and research quality: "this master's degree is endorsed by CiQUS, one of the leading research centres in Spain but also at international level. Not many centres have as many European Research Council (ERC) projects as we have here" explains the CHEMBIO&MAT Director.

Scientific and technological challenges need to be addressed from a multidisciplinary approach. This requires appropriate training in the field of molecular sciences and its specific applications in biomedicine and materials science. "I was looking for a programme with an interdisciplinary approach" said Charlene, who has been student in the first edition of the master. "This, along with the large emphasis on laboratory work and the possibility of carrying out a short research stay abroad during the second semester, were the main reasons for me to enter the program". The study plan has a duration of 1.5 years and 90 ECTS credits, which makes it homologated in Europe and eases international mobility. Adrián also highlights the conferences and "the quality of the lecturers, experts in their respective fields that helps to better understand the different topics and concepts that we are working on". The renowned scientist Nazario Martín concluded the CHEMBIO&MAT first edition with a closing lecture entitled: Carbon Nanostructures for Emergent Viruses: Ebola and beyond.

The lessons are dynamic and always looking for the involvement of the trainees. In this way, students receive hands-on training on cutting-edge instrumental techniques and experience research at the highest level. Andrés, who has recently concluded the master, highlights the "practical and experimental part of the programme, as well as the possibility of research internships abroad or in companies". This dimension of the plan enables students to start a research path or join the labour market, as it provides them a profile suited to face the current scientific and technological challenges of society. "My next step is studying my PhD here at CiQUS in organometalic catalysis, developing new and more sustainable catalytic routes".

CHEMBIO&MAT offers unique opportunities that have been experienced by students in this first edition despite the limitations imposed by the pandemic situation this year. We would like to express our gratitude to all of them for their commitment and wish them all the best in the next stage of their careers.

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