Ph.D. in
Materials Science and Technology
Overview
General info
The Course aims at training, both scientifically and professionally, experts in processes and technologies for materials engineering and materials research, production and development, in several areas related to both structural and functional materials and, in particular, semiconductors, polymers, metals, ceramics and glasses, composites, nanostructured materials, materials for heterogeneous catalysis and for sensors, materials for additive manufacturing.

During the three years of the Course, the PhD students are involved in the study of the cultural aspects related to the Science and Technology of Materials, also with the help of ad hoc courses that are customized so to allow PhDs to master, at the end of the course, the knowledge of materials in terms of structure and properties, design, production and transformation processes, use, characterization techniques, corrosion and degradation, conservation, restoration and recycling, assembly for engineering purposes, industrial applications, biomedical applications, materials for the conversion, accumulation and conservation of energy, materials for environmental protection, materials for adsorption, heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis, additive manufacturing. Emphasis is also given to the properties of materials surface (in relation to and in comparison with those of the bulk) and of the chemical and electrochemical reactions that take place there, of electrochemical processes and technologies, as well as of corrosion protection measures. In order to reach such objectives, experimental methods (advanced synthesis and characterization techniques) are mainly used along with the simulation and development of theoretical models.

Employment opportunities
The transversal nature of the competences of the PhDs in Materials Science and Technology offers professional opportunities in the fields of research (both public and private) and development in any area of industrial production, either in Italy or abroad. Some of the foreseen employment opportunities are:             
  • research and teaching in Italian/foreign Universities;             
  • research in Italian/foreign research centres (for instance, CNR);             
  • industrial sectors implying high-level expertizes in the research and development of innovative materials, as well as industrial production.

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The transversal nature of the competences of the PhDs in Materials Science and Technology offers professional opportunities in the fields of research (both public and private) and development in any area of industrial production, either in Italy or abroad. Some of the foreseen employment opportunities are:             
  • research and teaching in Italian/foreign Universities;             
  • research in Italian/foreign research centres (for instance, CNR);             
  • industrial sectors implying high-level expertizes in the research and development of innovative materials, as well as industrial production.