PhD program in Physics and nano sciences

XXXII cycle - 2016/2017

Duration 3 years
Position 8 position available - 6 scholarships
Director/Coordinator prof. Marco Affronte
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Admission Expiration date 30/06/2016 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 14/09/2016
Enrollment deadline 26/09/2016 at 15:30:00

Scientific areas

FIS/01 (Experimental Physics), FIS/02 (Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Models and Methods), FIS/03 (Material Physics), FIS/07 [Applied Physics (Cultural Heritage, Environment, Biology and Medicine)], CHIM/01 (Analytical Chemistry), CHIM/02 (Physical Chemistry), CHIM/03 (General and Inorganic Chemistry), CHIM/06 (Organic Chemistry)

Admission requirements

Italian second level degree (laurea specialistica, under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale, under D.M. 207/04) or Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 13 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad. More information available in the Call.


The focus of the Course is on development and applications of advanced experimental and theoretical/computational methods for the study of matter and systems at the micro- and nano-scale.
The Course has strongly interdisciplinary character, from physics to chemistry, biology and engineering. The students will take advantage of a lively international environment, with access to state-of-the-art experimental/computational facilities (synchrotrons, neutrons, advanced computing) and participation in major international projects and collaborations with the possibility of stages abroad. More information at:

Eductional goals
The Course is structured in two curricula (Physics; Nanoscience and nanotechnologies):
- Physics
This curriculum is devoted to advanced research in the physics of condensed matter, material science and electronics, through experimental and theoretical techniques. Examples of specific subjects include: surface science; electronic, neutron, optical and ionic spectroscopies and microscopies; quantum many-body theory; physics of high correlated and magnetic systems, electronic transport in materials and devices, etc. The formation emphasizes those aspects able prepare the students to be active in the academic world, in research centers, in the advanced industrial sectors.
- Nanoscience and nanotechnologies
This is a strongly multidisciplinary curriculum which is open to students with different background (physics, chemistry biology, engineering, etc.). Students study fundamental phenomena that are relevant at the nanoscale, approaches to the fabrication and the analysis of nanostructures, as well as advanced nanotechnology applications.

Professional opportunities
The aim of the PhD school is the creation of a new generation of scientists in the field of the physics of condensed matter, nanoscience and nanotechnologies. Both curricula emphasize fundamental science as well as applications within information technologies (nanoelectronics, nanomagnetism, nanomechanics, nanotribology, etc) and within life sciences (biotechnology, medicine, diagnostics and drug design).
The skills that are obtained are essential for an academic career as well as for becoming researcher manager in the industry or in the service sector.


Three years (01/11/2016 - 31/10/2019)


The course venue is at Modena.

For further information please contact

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