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Aleix Costa Cornella

Aleix Costa is a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) at the Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (FYSC) research group working under the European project Soft, Self-responsive, Smart materials for robots (SMART) innovative training network. He holds a Bachelors degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a Masters degree in Materials Science and engineering from the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS) School of engineering. During the Bachelors degree, he was focused on the study of 2D materials, such as graphene or boron nitride, for Spintronics applications. However, in the recent years, his research interests have moved towards the development of polymeric materials, a topic in which he did his Master thesis and has more than two years of experience at two different multinational companies. At FYSC he is currently working in the development of self-healing materials, and more specifically, towards the development of novel, more sustainable, and biocompatible alternatives for self-healing materials. The final goal of his project is to use these materials to build self-healing sensors for wearable electronics. His career goal is to make more effective the connection between the lab and the industry and to actively bring the laboratory discoveries to real-world applications. His hobbies are reading, swimming, playing the guitar, and snowboarding.