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Educational aims

The Doctorate in Chemistry, jointly run by the University of Trieste (UniTs, administrative headquarter) and by the University of Venice "Cà Foscari" (UniVe), provides an educational career to young Italian and foreigner students in the field of Chemical Sciences. Its primary objective is the formation of motivated and skilled young graduate students with a sound qualification, endowed with innovative and independent thinking and a large degree of autonomy. The graduates will be capable of achieving high level scientific and professional targets and to find national or international access to industry or academia.


Research topics

The Doctorate in Chemistry covers all chemical disciplines and some areas of Chemical Engineering and of Biology. The main research topics, spanning from the classical to the most advanced ones, are listed below in alphabetical order.


Biocrystallography (UniTS)

Pharmaceutical biology (UniTS)

Inorganic, bio-inorganic and organometallic chemistry (UniTS, UniVE)

Organic and bio-organic chemistry (UniTS, UniVE)

Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis and bio-catalysis (UniTS, UniVE)

Supramolecular chemistry and catalysis (UniTS, UniVE)

Theoretical and computational chemistry (UniTS, UniVE)

Medicinal chemistry (UniTS, UniVE)

Analytical and environmental chemistry (UniTS, UniVE)

Chemistry for Cultural Heritage (UniTS, UniVE)

Electrochemistry and sensors (UniVE)

Green and sustainable chemistry (UniVE)

Chemical engineering (UniTS)

Advanced materials and thin films (UniTS, UniVE)

Nanosciences and nanotechnologies (UniTS, UniVE)

Molecular spectroscopy (UniVE)

Pharmaceutical Technologies (UniTS)

Web page of Trieste University about PhD (applications, general information: http://www2.units.it/dottorati/).

Aims of the Doctorate in Chemistry


The Doctorate in Chemistry is run jointly since 2014 by the University of Trieste (UniTs, administrative headquarter) and by the University of Venice "Cà Foscari" (UniVe), two cities located ca. 150 km apart in the north-east of Italy. The Doctorate merges the cultural excellence of the two Universities with the aim of offering to students a broad range of expertise that covers all chemical disciplines and some areas of chemical engineering and of biology. The research topics span from classical organic synthesis to nanotechnologies, from green and sustainable chemistry to computational chemistry, just to cite a few. The graduate students of the Doctorate will be given the opportunity to join a scientifically rich and stimulating environment, characterized by many national and international collaborations, and to be part of advanced research projects under the supervision of experienced and motivated scientists. The students will also attend specific courses (in English, upon request) and seminars on hot research topics.

Organization of the Doctorate and practical information

The duration of the Doctorate in Chemistry is 3 years. A new triennial cycle starts every year on November 1st. The cycle that starts in 2020 (number 36), that will end on October 31, 2023. The candidates are selected (usually in July every year) by a Commission. The selection involves the evaluation of the CV (including a research programme written by the candidate) and an interview (by video conference, upon motivated request). Applicants from foreign Countries are welcome. Eligible candidates must have (or obtain within the established deadline) a Master degree comparable to the Italian ‘Laurea Magistrale’. To be admitted to the Doctorate, candidates must obtain a score above the minimum threshold. The available fellowships (triennial, currently 18844 € gross per year) are assigned to the successful candidates in order of decreasing marks. Each graduate student does his/her Ph D in a signle location, either at UniTs or at UniVe, in one of the Departments that participate to the Doctorate.

Board of Professors and Coordinator

The Doctorate in Chemistry is managed by an International Board of Professors, headed by an elected Coordinator, that supervises and guarantees the scientific and didactic activities of the School. Currently the Board is formed by 23 professors, 8 form UniTS, 8 form UniVe, and 7 from internationally renowned Universities. All Board members are very active in research and fulfill all the criteria established by Anvur (National Agency for the Assessment of Univeristy and Research) for the validation of the Doctorate.


The Board of Professors appoints a supervisor to each graduate student. The supervisor is responsible for the scientific project and also for defining, together with the student, an appropriate didactic programme.  The supervisor also provides adequate scientific facilities and financial support for the research activities of the student.

Research and didactic requirements

The graduate students of the Doctorate are requested to improve their knowledge on frontier topics in chemistry by attending a number of specific courses (in English, upon request) and seminars given by members of the School and by academic or professional external experts in order to fulfill the requirements (see PhD courses).
The students are expected to plan and perform personally high impact scientific projects, that will be discussed with – and constantly monitored by – their supervisor. Very often the research projects are part of international collaborations. Accordingly, the students are encouraged to perform part of their research project (min 2 month, max 18 months) in a collaborating foreign scientific Institution. They are also encouraged to attend to national or international symposia, presenting scientific contributions.

Annual assessments

At the end of each year, graduate students are required to submit to the Board of Professors a written report (in English) on their research project. In addition, the students show the results of their projects and future developments in an oral presentation within a dedicated two-day mini-symposium organized each summer by the Board of Professors, attended also by faculty members of UniTs-UniVe, invited experts and students.
The Board of Professors performs a yearly assessment of the scientific achievements of each student, based on the above-mentioned report and presentation, as well as on publications, participation to Schools, Workshops and to national or international Symposia, research stages in other Italian or foreign scientific Institutions. For each PhD student the Board of Professors also performs a yearly assessment of the didactic accomplishments (courses taken, seminars attended). A positive evaluation of both scientific and didactic aspects is needed for being promoted to the subsequent year.


At the end of the PhD programme, each student writes a thesis, preferably in English, on the scientific results of the research project. The thesis is first evaluated by two external reviewers and then, pending positive assessments, defended in front of an external commission made by Italian, and occasionally also foreign, academics and experts. In case the reviewers request major revisions, the defense of the thesis is postponed by 6 months. Students who want to have the ‘Doctor Europeus’ certification must spend at least three consecutive months abroad and write the thesis in English. In this case, the presence of a foreign professor in the defense commission is required and the discussion is done in English.