Within the University of the Basque Country, POLYMAT is an internationally reputed university research institute in Polymer Science. The Basque Center for Macromolecular Design and Engineering, POLYMAT Fundazioa is a Basque Excellence Research Center focused on polymers promoted by the UPV/EHU and Ikerbasque Foundation. POLYMAT is devoted to develop a vibrant use-inspired fundamental research on synthesis, assembly and processing of polymers to contribute to the development of polymers, enabling addressing some of the technological needs of the 21st Century in fields such as energy, electronics, health care and sustainability.


POLYMAT works in close contact with the leading polymer companies. In addition to the contacts established through projects from different calls of the public institutions (Basque and Spanish Governments and EU) efforts have been made to develop the Industrial Liaison Program on Polymerization in Dispersed Media. In this initiative, a consortium of companies supports fundamental research of industrially relevant problem in POLYMAT. Current members are:

Akzo Nobel (UK), Allnex (Austria), Arkema (France), Asian Paints (India), BASF (Germany), Covestro (The Netherlands), Elix Polymers (Spain), Inovyn (Belgium), Stahl (The Netherlands), Synthomer (Germany), Vinavil (Italy), Tesa (Germany) and Wacker (Germany).


Moreover, POLYMAT is a sought partner for bilateral research agreements, some examples are those with Asian Paints (India), Arkema (France), BASF (Germany), Dispoltec (The Netherlands), EDF (France), IBM (USA), Sabic (The Netherlands), Toyota Motor Europe (Belgium), Syngenta (U.K.), Blue Solution (Canada), Wacker (Germany), Oribay (Spain), Fresmak (Spain, I+Med (Spain), Elix Polymers (Spain), and Chryso (France).