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The Autonomous University of Madrid

The Autonomous University of Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) commonly known by its Spanish initials UAM  is a Spanish Public University established in 1968, along with the Autonomous Universities of Barcelona and Bilbao (now University of the Basque Country) in the frame of one of Spain’s most ambitious educational reforms, which took place during the late 1960s and the early 1970s. Since 1971, the university’s main campus has been located in Cantoblanco, an area in the northern outskirts of  the Municipality of Madrid,  close to the towns of Alcobendas and Tres Cantos. Throughout its history, UAM has become one of Spain’s most prominent Higher Education Institutions.

The Faculty of Sciences is in fact one of the leading Faculties in the recently recognized Excellence Campus to the consortium UAM+CSIC. Among the strategic areas, Materials and Nanotechnologies are represented by different Departments of Physics and Chemistry and research centers (CMAM and INC), four Institutes from the Spanish National Research Council (ICMM, ICV, ICP, IMM) and a regional Nanotechnology Center (IMDEA). Access to mostly all of the facilities from these institutions and education programs at UAM are available for PCAM students.


The activities of our groups are focused on both fundamental and applied research activities. Surfaces have been one of the traditional research lines supported by numerous equipment for growth and characterization in Ultra-High Vacuum conditions (STM, XPS). Materials of interest cover a wide range of compositions and applications. Metals, semiconductors, polymers, etc. have been studied in multiple configurations. The emerging field of nanotechnology has an inspiring point at UAM. Many of the groups involved in PCAM have published outstanding articles in this field.

Short list of research lines:

  • Molecular self assembly.
  • Ion Beam processing and microanalysis
  • Photonic materials and structures
  • Magnetic nanostructures
  • Carbon materials
  • Meso and microporous materials
  • Biomaterials


If you wish to candidate for a PhD position in UAM please send an e-mail to the coordinator, Dr. Miguel Manso detailing your field  of interest. Alternatively you can check directly on research groups  making research oriented to your interests.


Short research stays in our labs  for students are also welcome; please get in contact with us for further information.

If you are a PhD student at UAM and want to make a secondment to a PCAM university, you can ask for funding here:



Emma Martin Rodriguez

The Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain