Ester Verde Sesto awarded prestigious Ramón y Cajal Fellowship

Published: February 14, 2024

Dr. Verde Sesto at the lab

Dr. Ester Verde Sesto, Ikerbasque Research Fellow currently working in the Polymers and Soft Matter group at MPC-CFM, has been awarded the prestigious Ramón y Cajal Fellowship from the Ministry of Science and Innovation. This grant recognizes leading researchers and seeks to support and promote their work within the Spanish scientific community.

The purpose of the aid covered by this call is to promote the inclusion of research staff, both Spanish and foreign, with a notable track record in research institutions, so that they acquire the skills and abilities that allow them to secure a stable position in a research institution of the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System, specifically encouraging the integration of researchers who have been carrying out their professional activity abroad for a certain period of time.

Dr. Verde is going to develop new fully/partially deuterated materials to implement applications in areas such as energy storage, catalysis and biomedicine. Her research will also cover the development of new smart polymeric materials.


Ester Verde-Sesto obtained her BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) in 2004. She also holds two MSc degrees, one in Organic Chemistry from USC in 2007, and the second in Polymer Science from UIMP in 2009. In 2010, she commenced her doctoral work at the Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros (ICTP/CSIC), focusing on the development of Porous Organic Polymers (POPs) as catalyst supports, completing her PhD in 2014. Subsequently, driven by her passion for exploring new functional polymeric materials, she pursued her research career at various national and international institutions, including the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM/CSIC, Spain), Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI, Fribourg, Switzerland), POLYMAT, and MPC-CFM (San Sebastián, Spain).