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The PhD in Materials Science and Technology

TARGET

The PhD in Materials Science and Technology aims to provide graduates in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering with the skills necessary to carry out research activities with a high scientific and professional qualification in the field of Materials Science and Technology at companies, universities or public bodies.

SCIENTIFIC AREA OF INTEREST

The PhD School exploits the skills available in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics and in the Department of Chemical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sustainability of the University of Parma, as well as the skills available at the CNR-IMEM Institute of Parma and to the CNR-ISTEC Institute of Faenza, in order to offer a strong character preparation interdisciplinary.

TRAINING

The PhD program is designed to give orientation towards:

  • knowledge of the synthesis and / or growth processes and of the relationships between the structure and the chemical-physical properties of the materials;
  •  the development of modeling and designing new materials;
  •  acquisition of control of process technologies and knowledge of the main diagnostic and analysis techniques.

This knowledge can be aimed at the study, development and application of innovative materials in a wide range of disciplinary fields.

COURSE ARTICULATION

The doctoral course is three years.

CREDITS

The study plan of the PhD course in Materials Science and Technology requires the acquisition of 180 ECTS in total - 60 ECTS per year - which include research and scientific and complementary training activities as specified below:

  1. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary training activity;
  2. Scientific training activity (participation in conferences, workshops, internships, seminars, summer schools, etc.) offered by the doctorate and/or attended in other Italian and foreign locations; study stays abroad; seminars on how to participate in tenders funding for research projects (ERC, SIR, PRIN, Horizon 2020); publications;
  3. Didactic activity (supplementary teaching carried out by the doctoral student in the courses of the University of Parma, tutoring, tutorials, for a maximum of 20 hours per year);
  4. Research (thesis work).

ECTS / HOUR correspondence for educational and scientific activities is indicated in the table below:

Training activity

ECTS

Front teaching hours

Specific courses for the doctorate

1

8

Interdisciplinary training (language skills, computer science, scientific communication, intellectual property, writing a project, etc.)

1

As defined by the doctoral school that provides the course

Schools

1

8

Courses from master's degree courses

1

As defined by the doctoral school that provides the course

 

TRAINING ACTIVITY

During the three-year period, at least 20 ECTS credits must be obtained in training activities, of which:

• at least 10 in interdisciplinary training activities divided as follows: a minimum of 3 ECTS for attendance at "interdisciplinary training" courses relating to soft skills, and 7 ECTS for attendance at schools and / or courses from degree courses;

• at least 10 in disciplinary training activities.

EDUCATIONAL OFFER - 36° CYCLE (A.A. 2020/21)

PhD students must achieve a minimum of 20 ECTS in Educational Activities during the three-year period:

- at least 10 CFU dedicated to disciplinary training activities at the headquarters (Table A),

- at least 3 ECTS credits dedicated to interdisciplinary training activities (Table B),

- to be integrated with seminar or congress scientific training activities, or teaching activities acquired off-site (scientific schools).

The acquisition of type A and B CFU requires passing a test certified by the teacher, the remaining activities require a certificate of attendance issued by the organizers or thesis supervisor. Type A CFUs can also be acquired through disciplinary courses activated at disciplinary related Doctorates within the University.

Table A - Disciplinary training activities of the Doctorate in Science and Technology of Materials and related Doctorates - Disciplinary courses are activated every year

PhD in Materials Science

Course

CFU

Hours

Lecturer

Magnetic properties of materials from nano to macro

2

16

Massimo Solzi

Franca Albertini

Carbon nanostructures for energy

2

16

Mauro Riccò

Introduction to Raman spectroscopy

1

8

Matteo Masino

Transport properties of semiconductors

3

24

Antonella Parisini

Analytical techniques for nanostructured, amorphous and polycrystalline materials

2

16

Lara Righi

Advanced fluorescence techniques

1

8

Cristina Sissa

Non-linear spectroscopy

1

8

Anna Painelli

 

PhD in Chemistry

Course

CFU

Hours

Lecturer

Computational methods in chemistry

1.5

12

Roberto Cammi

Portable sensing devices and rapid screening methods for point-of-care testing

1

8

Marco Giannetto

Theory and practice of X-ray diffraction for the characterization of materials

2

16

Luciano Marchiò

Chiara Massera

Francesco Mezzadri

Use of the Cambridge Structural Database in chemistry

1

8

Alessia Bacchi

Safety training course: chemical risk (compulsory in the first year)

1

8

Arturo Arduini

 

Disciplinary training activities may include the acquisition of credits from courses taken during any research stays abroad and duly certified.

Table B - Interdisciplinary training activities

Lecturer

Course

CFU

Organized by

Giorgio Pelosi

Basic scientific Chinese

2

PhD in chemistry

 

English for Academic Purposes

4

University

 

European funding planning

2

University

Michele Tomaiuolo

Programming and data management in Phyton

2

Doctoral School in Engineering and Architecture

Various speakers

Introduction to the methods and tools of scientific research

1-4

Doctoral School in Engineering and Architecture

Roberto Alfieri

High Performance Computing

3

Doctoral School of Biological, Pharmaceutical and Food Sciences

Laura L’Episcopo, Cristina Zerbini

Data bases

 

EMIS Doctorate

Andrea Cerioli, Marco Riani

Statistical methods for the analysis of economic and business data

3

EMIS Doctorate

Chiara Rolli

Academic writing in English

2

PhD Philological-Literary, Historical-Philosophical and Artistic Sciences

Luana Salvarani

Soft Skills for basic research

1

PhD Philological-Literary, Historical-Philosophical and Artistic Sciences

Michele Daloiso

Soft skills for intercultural communication

2

PhD Philological-Literary, Historical-Philosophical and Artistic Sciences

Annalisa Pelosi

Statistics

2.5

Doctoral School of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

 

TUTOR ASSIGNMENT AND ANNUAL ASSESSMENT

After admission to the course, each student is assigned a tutor (and any co-tutor) by the teaching staff in October, who will act as research supervisor.

At the beginning of the year, the student will discuss with the tutor the annual plan of the training activity, and therefore the balancing of the scientific, teaching and research activity appropriate for the development of the thesis in the current year.

At the end of the year, the student submits the annual summary of the activities carried out for approval to the tutor, including an analytical list of these activities, certification of the qualifications achieved, and a summary of the research activity carried out (methodology , objectives, results obtained, etc). The tutor verifies the consistency of the annual activity carried out with the overall three-year plan of training, training and research activities. The student then sends the final report signed by the tutor to the PhD coordinator.

Having acquired the annual summary form, the board of teachers performs a verification test at the end of each year, during which the student presents a report on the activity carried out. The suitability judgment of the college is binding for admission to the following year.

If the annual report of the student is considered suitable, the teaching committee arranges the recognition of the ECTS for the annual activity carried out and sends it to the doctoral office.

INTERNATIONALIZATION

The doctoral course encourages international mobility during the three-year period. The amount of the scholarship is increased for any stay abroad for research activities in the amount of 50% for a total period not exceeding 18 months.

The website of the doctoral courses of the University of Parma, and in particular the Regulations of the doctoral courses of the University of Parma contain detailed information on how to access international mobility (including the template of letter of intent and authorization form, which must be signed by the Director of the SCVSA Department and by the Coordinator).

It is possible to follow the Doctoral Course in co-tutoring with a foreign University by agreement with the tutor and the coordinator and drafting an agreement between the two Universities. Co-tutoring can be activated, with the approval of the Faculty Board, in favor of students enrolled in the first or second year of the course, in order to allow the research program to be carried out at both contracting venues.

Any scientific activity carried out abroad in international mobility is calculated up to a maximum of 5 credits per month among the "scientific training activities", and is complementary to the training activity carried out at the University of Parma.

TEACHING ACTIVITY OF THE STUDENT

The student can carry out teaching activities (optional) up to a maximum of 20 hours per year as per the Regulations of the Doctoral courses of the University of Parma published on the University website (art. 6, paragraph 8); this activity (lectures, seminars, supplementary teaching activities, tutoring for undergraduates) does not provide for participation in the exam commissions and the research project must be carried out on relevant topics; this activity will be reported in the item "other activities" of the final year-end statement. The teaching activity may be entrusted to the student with his / her consent. The student can carry out the tutoring activities of the Department or of the study course with the authorization of the Coordinator.

PERSONAL RESEARCH BUDGET

Starting from the second year of the course, the student has a budget for the research activity (participation to conferences / seminars in Italy and abroad, mobility for research, etc.) of an amount not less than 10% of the amount of the scholarship itself.

FINAL EXAM JURY AND TITLE AWARD

Article 7 of the Regulations of the Doctoral courses of the University of Parma, and the section "Final Exams" on the web page of the Research Doctorates of the University of Parma, report the current legislation and all detailed information relating to the thesis presentation method final, to the evaluation by external experts, to the formation of the jury, to the final exam and to the achievement of the title.

RESEARCH LINES

The research activities carried out within the doctoral school fall into two fundamental strands:

  • preparation of new functional materials in view of possible applications in research and/or industry. The materials prepared in the doctoral support laboratories include both traditional (bulk) and nanostructured structures;
  • characterization of materials with the diagnostic techniques available at the facilities that support the doctorate at the University of Parma and at the institutes of the CNR affiliated.

There are also numerous collaborations with other Italian and foreign universities, with several public and / or industrial research centers and in particular at the so-called "large machines" such as the synchrotrons of Trieste and Grenoble.

Pubblicato Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 - 11:47 | ultima modifica Tuesday, 16 June, 2020 - 10:28