PhD program in Models and methods for material and environmental sciences

XXXIX cycle - a.y. 2023/2024

Duration 3 years
Position 12 position available - 12 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof. Stefano Lugli
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Admission Expiration date 27/07/2023 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 19/09/2023
Enrollment deadline 26/09/2023 at 13:00:00

Scientific areas

BIO/02 (Systematic Botanics), BIO/03 (Environmental and Applied Botanics), BIO/05 (Zoology), BIO/07 (Ecology), CHIM/01 (Analytical Chemistry), CHIM/02 (Physical Chemistry), CHIM/03 (General and Inorganic Chemistry), CHIM/06 (Organic Chemistry), CHIM/12 (Chemistry for the Environment and for Cultural Heritage), GEO/01 (Palaeontology and Palaeoecology), GEO/02 (Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Geology), GEO/03 (Structural Geology), GEO/04 (Physical Geography and Geomorphology), GEO/05 (Applied Geology), GEO/06 (Mineralogy), GEO/07 (Petrology and Petrography), GEO/08 (Geochemistry and Volcanology), GEO/11 (Applied Geophysics)

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. 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
More information available in the Call.


Educational goals and scientific topics

The environmental emergency situations require the formation of new researchers and consultants able to understand and interpret the delicate relationships which govern the Earth system from both an abiotic and biotic viewpoint.

The development of new materials with controlled properties and wanted applications is fundamental to approach the global challenges in strategic fields, such as chemistry, pharmacology, electronics, green energy and waste management.

The research doctor will be able to operate in one or more of the following fields: definition of processes regulating the transfer of elements and compounds from the geosphere to the hydro- and biosphere; forecasting, prevention and mitigation of natural risks; identification and optimal use of natural resources; study, conservation and appraisal of cultural assets; environmental impact and sustainability of human activities; chemical sustainable strategies; preparation and characterization of materials with innovative functional properties; devices and methodologies for electrochemical sensing suitable to work in real systems; photophysics and photochemistry methodologies for materials environmental applications; computational multiscale strategies for the study of materials; chemometrics, multivariate analysis of signals and images and themes related to Big Data and Industria 4.0.

In addition, the research doctor will be able to manage,communicate and identify the technological applications of his/her own scientific results.

Professional opportunities

The specific interdisciplinary character of this doctorate course allows students to acquire a sound preparation both in experimental and computational fields, and high flexibility, which guarantee an adequate placement in the working world.

The main professional prospects of doctorate holders are:
- In public research boards, universities, national and international laboratories. Types of placement: research, teaching activities, management of research services, technological transfer, Science popularization.
- In territorial services and boards (agencies for environmental protection and sustainable development, laboratories and centers for industrial research or technological transfer, public boards and institutions for cultural development). Types of placement: management of research services and consulting.
- In industrial companies. Types of placement: research and development of new materials, bio-molecules and devices, process control, management of technological research services, production and protection of intellectual property.
- In education. Types of placement: teaching.


Three years (01/11/2023 - 31/10/2026)


The course venue is in Modena.


» Call for admission and changes

» Selection committees

» Final ranking

Based on a rigorous selection process, applications are processed normally once a year. The admissions will be open in June or July 2024 (please refer to the Calls).

More documentation

How to apply for the PhD Programmes (pdf)

How to apply for the Italian National PhD Program in Religious Studies (pdf)

Please complete the application form and submit it electronically following the application guide. A non-returnable administrative fee of 25 € will be charged. The decision on admission as well as on financial support is published on the web.

PhD Certificates and Self-certifications

PhD original diploma (Parchment)

Contact office

For further information please contact:
PhD Office
via Università, 4 - 41121 Modena
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