UC3M associate professor Daniel García, winner of the National Youth Research Award 2023

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation has awarded the 'Matilde Ucelay' National Youth Research Award, in the area of Engineering and Architecture, to Daniel García González, Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Continuum Mechanics and Structure Theory at UC3M. The award has been granted due to the originality and the disruptive and interdisciplinary nature of his fundamental contributions to the conceptualisation of multifunctional and smart materials and their applications in bioengineering.

The 2023 National Research Awards are Spain's most important recognition in the field of scientific research and highlight scientists who, through their work, contribute to the advancement of science and therefore to a better life for society.

These awards have a 30,000 euro prize for each category, and distinguish Spanish researchers with noteworthy careers and international relevance in their respective research areas. They also recognise the merit of young people - with a maximum age of 40 - who have accomplished significant achievements in the early stages of their careers. In the latter case, of the 185 nominations received, 97 were men and 88 were women; and the average age of the award winners is 37.

"This award makes me feel very proud of the work I have done over the years and, above all, enormously grateful to all of my mentors, collaborators, the university’s research service and especially to all the members of my group. The recognition is equally as much for them as it is for me. Furthermore, receiving this award gives us a boost of enthusiasm and motivation to continue the development of soft materials that can interact intelligently with biological systems and advance their technological implementation," says Daniel García González.

An industrial engineer and Doctor from UC3M with an international honourable mention, Daniel García González (Leganés, 1992) did a postdoc at Oxford University where he studied the mechanical behaviour of brain tissues and their functional response. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Continuum Mechanics and Structure Theory at the University and leads various research projects: he is PI of an ERC Starting Grant project (4D-BIOMAP; GA 947723), an ERC Proof of Concept project (ISBIOMECH; GA 101081713) and other national projects. He has started a multidisciplinary laboratory, called MULTIBIOSTRUCTURES Lab, which experimentally develops new multifunctional materials, as well as theoretical formulations which combine mechanics with other physics and their applications to bioengineering problems in the framework of a wide network of international collaborations. He has carried out other research placements in numerous prestigious institutions and is part of the Young Academy of Spain.