PhD in Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Academic Year 2023-2024
Subject area Engineering Studies
Cycle 39
Coordinator Prof. Alessandro Tugnoli
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years

Application deadline: Aug 22, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

Second PhD Call for Applications, with scholarships funded by NRRP and other funds

Enrolment: From Sep 26, 2023 to Oct 03, 2023

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2023

39 PNRR PhD Call for Applications

Application deadline: Jun 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

PhD Call for Applications, with scholarships funded by NRRP and other funds

Enrolment: From Jul 26, 2023 to Aug 03, 2023

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2023

39 PNRR PhD Call for Applications
Main Department
Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering - DICAM
Associated Departments
Department of Architecture - DA
  1. Engineering of Infrastructure, Resources and Territory
  2. Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
  3. Chemical and Process Engineering
  4. Materials Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology
Research topics

Curriculum 1: Engineering of infrastructure, resources and territory

  • Water Engineering
  • Sanitary engineering
  • Roads and Transport Systems
  • Topography and  Cartography
  • Geoengineering and Georesources
  • Applied Geology

Curriculum 2: Structural and Geotechnical Engineering

  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Structures
  • Geotechnics

Curriculum 3: Chemical and process engineering

  • Principles of Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Plants
  • Fundamental of Chemical Process Development
  • Industrial and Technological Chemistry

Curriculum 4: Materials engineering and industrial biotechnology

  • Fundamental Chemistry of Technologies
  • Materials Science and Technology
  • Industrial, Food and Environmental Biotechnologies
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Career opportunities are related to all the positions requiring senior researchers who are able to manage, co-ordinate and carry out research and development projects in all the typical fields of civil, or chemical, or environmental and Materials engineering and industrial biotechnology. Most of the PhD students who attended in the last years the PhD programmes obtained a professionally satisfying employment at public or private bodies: public administration, utilities management agencies, professional companies, research institutes, and universities. The percentage of employment one year after obtaining the PhD title is above 95%. Around a fifth of the posistions were obtained abroad. Around 40% remained in the academic career, obtaining a permanent or temporary position.
Admission Board

Appointed by RD n. 709/2023 Prot n. 149534 on Jun 02, 2023

Call for further PhD Positions
Appointed by Rectoral Decree n. 1066/2023 Prot. n. 0226313 of 04/08/2023

Surname and Name University / Institution Role email
Bragalli Cristiana Università di Bologna Member
Doghieri Ferruccio Università di Bologna Member
Frascari Dario  Università di Bologna Member
Pozza Luca  Università di Bologna Member
Sangiorgi Cesare  Università di Bologna Member
Soccio Michelina  Università di Bologna Member
Ferretti Francesca Università di Bologna Substitute
Guidotti Giulia Università di Bologna Substitute
Minelli Matteo Università di Bologna Substitute
Pinelli Davide Università di Bologna Substitute
Tataranni Piergiorgio Università di Bologna Substitute
Toth Elena Università di Bologna Substitute

* The following shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members for positions linked to specific research topics:

  • Corrado Fittavolini - Eni SpA


Call for applications
Appointed by Rectoral Decree n. 709/2023 Prot. n. 149534 of 02/06/2023

Surname and Name University / Institution Role email
Bortolotti Villiam Università di Bologna Member
Fava Fabio Università di Bologna Member
Landi Luca Università di Bologna Member
Luni Camilla Università di Bologna Member
Marchi Michela Università di Bologna Member
Minelli Matteo Università di Bologna Member
Soccio Michelina Università di Bologna Member
Tugnoli Alessandro Università di Bologna Member
Vittuari Luca Università di Bologna Member
Zanuttigh Barbara Università di Bologna Member
Boi Cristiana Università di Bologna Substitute
Bonoli Alessandra Università di Bologna Substitute
Borgatti Lisa Università di Bologna Substitute
Buratti Nicola Università di Bologna Substitute
Celli Annamaria Università di Bologna Substitute
Dal Pozzo Alessandro Università di Bologna Substitute
Di Federico Vittorio Università di Bologna Substitute
Mentani Alessio Università di Bologna Substitute
Pozza Luca Università di Bologna Substitute
Raddadi Noura Università di Bologna Substitute

* The following shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members for positions linked to specific research topics:

  • Corrado Fittavolini - AgroMateriae Srl
Learning outcomes

The main goal is the acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to conduct high-quality scientific research activities in the development of innovative technologies and methods for the current and emerging fields of either civil engineering, or process and chemical engineering, or environmental engineering, or materials engineering, or industrial biotechnologies.

Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates

The scientific activity of PhD students is generally devoted to the theoretical-experimental investigation of a project in the framework of the active research fields in the DICAM department; projects in cooperation with foreign universities, research centers as well as with industrial partners are warmly recommended.
The development of the doctoral thesis and the dissemination through scientific publications and participation to national and international conferences, constitute the main activity for the student and provides for a relevant experimental work and/or modeling and numerical simulation of the processes examined. The activities can be carried out both in DICAM laboratories and in other institutions. Activities include development of the research plans, experiments and/or field survey. Formal education is concentrated mainly in the first year. The starting point of the research activity should be a wide bibliographic research about the state-of-the-art in the field of interest. Projects in cooperation with industrial partners allow to spend some time in working and profesional context. Results dissemination occurs in particular through the doctoral thesis monograph and peer-reviewed papers.

Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes

The goal of the training activity is to teach the students advanced knowledge and skills in the typical fields of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology.
Formal instruction consists of specialist courses (3rd level courses) and seminars. The specialist courses are managed by DICAM Department and deal with cross-disciplinary (intellectual property, EU calls for research funding, Academic and technical writing and presenting in English), as well discipline-specific topics for the research topics of concern for the PhD program. These activities should be concluded in the first two years of the program. The training program is defined for each student according to his/her own previous studies and research goals.
Seminars are held by file speakers form national and international Universities and Institutions; these provide opportunities for deeper investigation of specific research topics, interdisciplinary research and internationalization. Attending national and international conferences and high profile initiatives (e.g. PhD schools, seminar cycles by high profile institutions) is warmly encouraged.
Formal teaching is complemented by informal learning activities carried out under the supervision of research tutors. These concerns the development of field-specific skills on research and dissemination.
For all the students, it is very warmly recommended to spend a period abroad (minimum 5 months) in universities or research centers or other institutions.

Internationalization features

The PhD Program aims at the development research skills with an international perspective.
The PhD students join research groups at UniBo that hold a well established network of international collaborations on the fields of research, dissemination, and university education.
All the students have to spend (with the exception of particular cases) a period of studies in the laboratories/research centers of international institutions working on the same projects of their own PhD program; the period should last between 5 and 18 months. During his/her stay, the student learns new experimental techniques and/or develops specific modeling procedures which are complementary to those existing at DICAM. “Exchanges” of PhD students coming from other universities are regularly approved to spend some time at DICAM working on common projects; some students are also hosted according to specific international agreements (ERASMUS mundus, EU projects ecc.). Research activity abroad is scheduled usually during the second and central phase of the research.
The PhD program organizes workshops and seminars, with international profile, hold by professors form foreign institutions or visiting professors. PhD courses and seminars are mainly held in English.
Participation of foreign candidates to the admission tests of the program is possible through web-based applications.
The PhD Course is open to accept positions reserved to foreign students. In the last years some positions were funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Chinese Scolarship Council, Italian Ministry of Foregin Affairs, etc.
Joint tutorship (co-tutela) with foreign universities was arranged for some of our students.

Expected research results and products

In addition to the final thesis, the ability of the student to carry out research activity should be documented by some presentations at international congresses as well as by some papers published in international scientific journals relevant for the typical fields of PhD programme. The development of national and international patents is greatly appreciated.