PhD in Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Academic Year 2021/2022 PON Scholarships Call
Subject area Engineering Studies
Cycle 37
Coordinator Prof. Luca Vittuari
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 8 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline Oct 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Nov 05, 2021 to Nov 12, 2021
Doctoral programme start date Jan 01, 2022
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering - DICAM
Associated Departments
Department of Architecture - DA
Research topics

Curriculum 1: Engineering of infrastructure, resources and territory

  • Hydraulics and Hydraulic works
  • 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
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 programmeme in Civil, Environmental and Materials Engineering and that in Chemical, Environmental and Safety Engineering merged by giving rise the new programme PhD@DICAM. Most of the PhD candidates who attended in the last years the PhD programmes obtained a professionally satisfying employment in public or private bodies: public administration, utilities management agencies, professional companies, research institutes. The percentage of employment one year after obtaining the PhD is above 96%. 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 University Role email
Bertin Lorenzo Università di Bologna Member
Doghieri Ferruccio Università di Bologna Member
Bortolotti Villiam Università di Bologna Member
Govoni Laura Università di Bologna Member
Molari Luisa Università di Bologna Member
Postorino Maria Nadia Università di Bologna Member
Pozza Luca Università di Bologna Member
Zanaroli Giulio Università di Bologna Substitute
Boi Cristiana Università di Bologna Substitute
Bonduà Stefano Università di Bologna Substitute
Gottardi Guido Università di Bologna Substitute
Castellazzi Giovanni Università di Bologna Substitute
Rupi Federico Università di Bologna Substitute
Buratti Nicola Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes
The preeminent goal is the acquisition of the knowledge needed to conduct highly qualified scientific research activities for the development 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 candidates 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 candidate 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. 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 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. Results dissemination in particular through the doctoral thesis monograph and reviewed papers.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
Purpose of the training activity is to teach the candidates 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 candidates in Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering. Attending national and international conferences is warmly recommended. The training programme is defined for each candidate according to his/her own previous studies. Elements of advanced courses are considered essential and they are decided by each candidate together with her/his tutor and according to the indications provided by the Academic Board. Third level courses are active on specific themes of the disciplines included in the four Curricula. In addition to scientific training are offered courses to equip PhD candidates 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, as well as the deepening of advanced software tools. Studies should be concluded with a high score in the first two years of doctorate. For all the candidates, 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 candidates 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 programme; if the health emergency due to Covid-19 allows it, the period should last between six and 18 months. During their stay, the candidates should learn new experimental techniques and/or should develop specific modeling procedures which are complementary to those existing in DICAM. Exchanges of PhD candidates coming from other universities are regularly approved (6 months at least) to spend some time in DICAM working on common projects; some candidates 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 candidates the admission competition is carried out even by examining application documents and with a web-interview; the applicants can choose the language of their examination between Italian or English. The PhD programme is open to include positions reserved to foreign candidates. Courses and seminars are given the language the lecturer feels more useful for an effective formation and information of candidates.
Expected research results and products
In addition to the final thesis, the ability of the candidate 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
Name Surname University/Institution Qualification
Giacomo Antonioni Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Lorenzo Bertin Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Maria Bignozzi Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Alessandra Bonoli Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Lisa Borgatti Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Villiam Bortolotti Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Armando Brath Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Valeria Casson Moreno Università di Bologna Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Attilio Castellarin Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Annamaria Celli Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Maria Grazia De Angelis Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Stefano De Miranda Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Vittorio Di Federico Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Paola Fabbri Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Fabio Fava Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Elisa Franzoni Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Cristina Gentilini Università di Bologna Ricercatore Confermato
Marco Giacinti Baschetti Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Guido Gottardi Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Luca Landi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Claudio Lantieri Università di Bologna Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Alessandro Paglianti Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Maria Nadia Postorino Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Cesare Sangiorgi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Marco Savoia Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Michelina Soccio Università di Bologna Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Elena Toth Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Tomaso Trombetti Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Alessandro Tugnoli Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Luca Vittuari Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Barbara Zanuttigh Università di Bologna Professore Associato