Carlos Elvira – Tenured Researcher


Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC)

Juan de la Cierva 3, 28006 Madrid, Spain

915618806 ext. 375, fax: 915644853 



Carlos Elvira, obtained the degree BSc in Chemistry with Honours in 1992 at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (Scotland). He carried out his PhD degree in Chemistry at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC) in the field of Polymer Chemistry with Biomedical Applications during 1994-1997 supervised by Prof. San Román. In 1998 he started to work as a postdoctoral fellow in the research group of Dr. Rui Reis at Minho University (Portugal) during 2 years. The he went back to the ICTP to the Biomaterials group. In 2005 he obtained a permanent position as Tenured Scientist. In 2007-08 he spent a sabbatical year in the groups of Prof. Pandit and Prof. Y. Rochev at the National University of Ireland in Galway, working in the field of stimuli sensitive polymers with applications in gene therapy and cell manipulation processes. In 2008 he started to work in the Polymer Functionalization Group.


He has supervised 3 doctoral theses and is co-author of more than 50 articles in SCI journals. He is also lecturer of the Macromolecular Chemistry Course at the Master Degree in High Specialization in Plastics and Rubbers, UIMP-CSIC.


Carlos Elvira scientific topics are: Preparation and polymerization of special monomers, polymers functionalization with biomedical and biotechnological interest, stimuli sensitive polymers, polymerization and processing in supercritical CO2, etc.


Selection of scientific contributions


Aranaz I, Carrasco S, Tardajos M.G., Elvira C, Reinecke H, López D, Gallardo A. ‘thermosensitivity of Poly-methyl methacrylate/Poly-N-isopropylacrylamide conetworks prepared by a facile synthetic route! Polymer Chem 2011, 2 (3), 709 - 713.


Herrero M, Bernal J, Velasco D, Elvira C, Cifuentes A, Connections between structure and performance of four cationic copolymers used as physically adsorbed coatings in capillary electrophoresis, J. Chromatography A, 1217, 7586–7592 (2010).


D. Velasco, L. Benito, M. Fernández-Gutiérrez, J. San Román, C. Elvira,  Preparation in supercritical CO2 of porous poly (methyl methacrylate)-poly (L-lactic acid) (PMMA-PLA) scaffolds incorporating ibuprofen, J. Supercritical fluids, 54, 335-341 (2010).

S. Doleski, Y. Li, A. Pandit, C. Elvira, NGF release from thermo-responsive collagen-PolyNIPAam polymer networks supports neuronal cell growth and differentiation, J. Biomed. Mater. Res.: Part A, 94(2), 457-465 (2010).

J. Bernal, L. Sánchez-Hernández, C. Elvira, D. Velasco, E. Ibáñez, A. Cifuentes, Study of a poly (N,N-dimethylacrylamide-co-4-(ethyl)-morpholine methacrylamide) copolymer as coating for capillary electrophoresis, J. Sep. Sci., 32, 605-612 (2009).

R.M.P. da Silva, P.M. Lopez-Perez, C. Elvira, J.F. Mano, J. San Román, R.L. Reis, Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) surface grafted chitosan membranes as a new substrate for cell sheet engineering and manipulation. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 101, 1321-1331 (2008).

D. Velasco, C. Elvira, J. San Román, New stimuli-responsive polymers derived from morpholine and pyrrolidine, J. Mater. Sci.: Mater. in  Medicine, 19, 1453-1458 (2008).

I. Rodríguez-Meizoso, J. San Román, A. Cifuentes, E. Ibáñez, C. Elvira, A Systematic Study on the Interactions between Carnosic Acid and Ethylpyrrolidine Methacrylate-Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer in Supercritical Media, J. Supercritical Fluids, 41, 452-460 (2007).

N. González, C. Elvira, J. San Román, Novel dual-stimuli responsive polymers derived from ethyl pyrrolidine, Macromolecules, 38, 9298-9303 (2005).