Samuel Sánchez Ordóñez, Princess of Girona Foundation Scientific Research Award 2015

The winner was chosen for his international scientific career which reflects his leadership in the field of nanotechnology

April 15, 2015

Samuel Sánchez Ordóñez has been named as the winner of the FPdGi Scientific Research Award 2015. The jury, which announced its decision on April 09th in Madrid, highlighted the winner’s very international scientific career which reflects his leadership in the field of nanotechnology. Samuel Sánchez’s work has had a particularly important impact on the pioneering design of self-propelled nanorobots, which could improve targeted drug delivery, and have potential environmental applications.


Since January 2015, this young researcher has been working at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), where he heads up the "Smart nano-bio-devices" group as an ICREA researcher ‒ a foundation that promotes elite scientific research by recruiting top professionals from all over the world.

The open call for nominations for this edition of the Awards received a total of 167 entries, of which 42 were for the Scientific Research category. With a prize of €10,000 and a reproduction of a sculpture by the artist Juan Muñoz, the awards will be presented during the IMPULSA Forum 2015, in an event being held on 25 June which will be presided over by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain.

Samuel Sánchez Ordóñez, FPdGi Scientific Research Award 2015

Samuel Sánchez Ordóñez, born in Terrassa in 1980, holds a degree and PhD in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Twente (Netherlands), the International Center for Young Scientists (Japan), the National Institute for Materials Science (Japan) and the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden (Germany).

Since 2013, he heads a Max Planck Research group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart. Since January 2015, he has formed part of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), where he is an ICREA researcher leading his own research group, entitled "Smart nano-bio-devices".

His principal research has focused on designing self-propelled nanorobots for medical purposes, such as delivering precise doses of drugs. Nanorobot design also has other uses beyond the field of medicine such as, for example, decontaminating water and other environmental applications. Samuel Sánchez has also written several scientific articles published in prestigious international journals.

Princess of Girona Foundation Award 2015

The Princess of Girona Foundation awards this prize every year with the aim of recognising the innovative and exemplary work of young people aged between 16 and 35 years, and that of an organisation working for young people. The goal is to promote and foster initiative and effort in the areas of scientific research, artistic creativity, solidarity and the development of talent in entrepreneurial and innovative young people.