PhD in Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Academic Year 2019-2020
Subject area Engineering Studies
Cycle 35
Coordinator Prof. Luca Vittuari
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 24 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 15, 2019 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Jul 30, 2019 to Aug 26, 2019
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2019
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering - DICAM
Mobility abroad
Yes (6 months)
Research topics

Curriculum 1: Engineering of infrastructure, resources and territory
- Hydraulics and Hydraulic works
- Sanitary engineering
- Roads and Transports
- 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
Carrer 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. In the academic 2012/2013, the PhD programme in Civil, Environmental and Materials Engineering and that in Chemical, Envoronmental and Safety Engineering merged by giving rise the new programme PhD@DICAM. Most of the PhD students who attended in the last years the two previous PhD programmes obtained a professionally satisfying employment at public or private bodies: public administration, utilities management agencies, professional companies, research institutes. Around 20% of the employments were obtained abroad. Around 40% remained in the academic environment at the University of Bologna or others, obtaining a permanent position or a temporary position within project contracts.
Admission Board

Surname Name Institution Role e-mail
Bragalli Cristiana Università di Bologna member
Celli Annamaria Università di Bologna member
Franzoni Elisa Università di Bologna member
Gentilini Cristina Università di Bologna member
Gottardi Guido Università di Bologna member
Minelli Matteo Università di Bologna member
Tugnoli Alessandro Università di Bologna member
Vignali Valeria Università di Bologna member
Vittuari Luca Università di Bologna member
Cocchi Andrea  Geovest S.r.l. representative of financing body
Baita Pietro Basell Poliolefine Italia S.r.l. representative of financing body
Bandini Serena Università di Bologna substitute
Bonoli Alessandra Università di Bologna substitute
Borgatti Lisa Università di Bologna substitute
Fabbri Paola Università di Bologna substitute
Govoni Laura Università di Bologna substitute
Lantieri Claudio Università di Bologna substitute
Raddadi Noura Università di Bologna substitute
Salzano Ernesto Università di Bologna substitute
Savoia Marco Università di Bologna substitute
Learning outcomes
The prminenent goal is the acquisition of the knowledge needed to conduct highly qualified scientific research activities for the develpment of innovative technologies in the selected and state-of-the-art 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 PhD thesis is the heaviest task for the student; it accounts a remarkable activity of experimentation and/or modeling and/or numerical simulation of the processes investigated. The activities can be carried out both in DICAM laboratories and in other institutions. The starting point of the 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 experiences. Education is supposed to last approximately 40% of the time and is concentrated mainly in the first year, whereas the rest of the time is dedicated to research. Autonomous development of the research plan by analyses, experiments and/or field survey; it covers normally three semesters from 3rd to 5th. Results dissemination in particular through the doctoral thesis monograph.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
Purpose of the training activity is to teach the students the advanced features in the typical fields of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials engineering and Industrial Biotechnology. Seminars, lectures, meetings are organized by the Department DICAM and by the other Doctorate programmes of the School of Engineering and Architecture. Interesting opportunities are the national meetings of the PhD students in Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering. Attending national and international conferences is warmly recommended.
The training program is defined for each student according to his/her own previous studies. Elements of advanced courses are considered essential and they are decided by each student together with her/his tutor and according to the indications provided by the PhD board of Professors. In addition to scientific training are offered courses to equip PhD students with a range of complementary skills. They consist as example of training courses concerning: Intellectual property, EU call for research funding, Academic and technical writing in English.
Studies should be concluded with a high score in the first two years of doctorate. For all the students, it is very warmly recommended to spend a period abroad (minimum 6 months) in universities or research centers or other institutions and to prepare the final thesis in English.
Internationalization features
All the students have to spend (with the exception of particular cases) a period of studies in the laboratories of international institutions working on the same projects of their own PhD program; the period should last between six and 18 months. During his/her stay, the student should learn new experimental techniques and/or should develop specific modeling procedures which are complementary to those existing in DICAM. “Exchanges” of PhD students coming from other universities are regularly approved (6 months at least) to spend some time in DICAM working on common projects; some students are also hosted according to other specific international agreements (ERASMUS mundus, Leonardo programmes, EU projects ecc.). Research activity abroad is scheduled lasting at least six months, usually during the second and central phase of the research. In order to facilitate participation of foreign students the admission competition is carried out by examining application documents and with a web-interview; the applicant can choose the language of his/her examination between Italian or English. The PhD Course is open to include positions reserved to foreign students. Courses and seminars are given the language the lecturer feels more useful for an effective formation and information of 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.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
ANTONIONI GIACOMO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
BERTIN LORENZO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BIGNOZZI MARIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BOLDINI DANIELA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BONOLI ALESSANDRA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BORGATTI LISA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BORTOLOTTI VILLIAM Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BRATH ARMANDO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
CASSON MORENO VALERIA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
CASTELLARIN ATTILIO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
CELLI ANNAMARIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
DE ANGELIS MARIA GRAZIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
DE MIRANDA STEFANO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
DI FEDERICO VITTORIO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
FAVA FABIO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
FRANZONI ELISA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
GENTILINI CRISTINA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
GIACINTI BASCHETTI MARCO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
GOTTARDI GUIDO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
LANDI LUCA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
MUNARI ANDREA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
PAGLIANTI ALESSANDRO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
SANGIORGI CESARE Università di Bologna Professore Associato
SAVOIA MARCO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
TORNABENE FRANCESCO Università degli Studi del Salento Ricercatore
TOTH ELENA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
TROMBETTI TOMASO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
TUGNOLI ALESSANDRO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
VIGNALI VALERIA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
VITTUARI LUCA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
ZANUTTIGH BARBARA Università di Bologna Professore Associato