The Ph.D. in Materials Science aims to prepare for experimental and theoretical research in fundamental, applicative and industrial environments. This objective is reached through the study and investigation of those sectors of Physics and Chemistry which are at the basis of current Materials Science and technological innovation. In particular it aims to establish a cultural and operative link among chemical synthesis, the planning of the materials, the forecast of their properties and their use in industrial applications.
The main topics of the doctorate are: innovative chemical processes, synthesis and applications of organic semiconductors, new structural and functional materials, materials for the accumulation and production of energy, micro and nano technologies, microelectronics and intelligent sensoristics, optoelectronic lasers, theoretical-computational models.
The doctorate in Materials Science is subdivided into two curriculums: general and industrial. The objective of the general curriculum is to give the student solid and fundamental scientific knowledge, along with the ability to autonomously plan and execute research and possible technological applications. The objective of the industrial curriculum, currently financed by Pirelli with five scholarships a year, is to give solid and fundamental scientific knowledge for the development of new materials of industrial interest. With this orientation, not only will the fundamental concepts of economy and finance necessary for the management of research be acquired, but also the knowledge relative to procedures of patents of research products. During this three year period, full time participation on a research and development project at the research organization financing the scholarship is required for a period of 12 months. The didactic program of the doctorate in Materials Science offers education and research. Every year courses on specialized topics of fundamental and applied research from Materials Science are organized. In the environment of the school of the doctorate of the Faculty, courses dedicated to management, development and management of research and patent techniques will be organized. At the Department of Materials Science of the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca seminars (and/or brief monographic courses) from the most recent and relevant scientific results will be held.
The research activity for the general curriculum will focus on research topics agreed upon by the doctoral candidate and one of the research groups which are led by the Department of Materials Science, under the guidance of a tutor nominated by the Committee of Professors. For the industrial curriculum the experimental work is oriented towards research topics and learning paths agreed upon between the researchers and the external agencies financing the scholarships of the doctorate, under the guidance of a tutor nominated by the Committee of Professors. At the conclusion of every year the doctoral candidate will present his/her research progress in a seminar; in the third year he/she will take the exams of at least four courses. Periods of research and study abroad at universities or research institutes are obligatory; for the general curriculum, usually 6 to 18 months at another university or research organization or agency; for the industrial curriculum not only 12 months at the research labs of the agency providing scholarship, but also usually 6 to 18 months at another university, research organization or institution.
Since 2005 the doctorate in Materials Science has been part of a European university consortium which gives students, along with the doctorate in Material Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, the possibility to also receive the European Doctorate in Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials. To receive both doctorates it is necessary that students participate in a research period in one of the labs of the consortiums (Università Autonoma di Madrid (