School of Doctoral Studies

Doctoral Programme in Chemistry

Doctoral Programme in Chemistry

Academic year 2018-2019

General information

General data

Name
Doctoral Programme in Chemistry
Centre/s
School of doctoral studies
Indicative number of places
15
Number of registered students
Official enrolment data
Other information
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Presentation

Five reasons why you might want to do a doctoral degree in Chemistry at the UdG

1. Professional interest. I would like to embark on a career in research related to a field within the areas of research currently undertaken in the country and focused on developing new methodologies or products of interest to the chemical or pharmaceutical industry, or on identifying substances that are toxic or harmful to health and the environment. In particular, I would like to specialise in one of the following six lines of research:

  • Catalysis and Bio-Inorganics
  • Engineering and chemistry of proteins Diagnostic and therapeutic applications
  • Innovation in Processes and Products of Organic Synthesis
  • Computational modeling of transition-metal-catalyzed reactions
  • Theoretical chemistry and Modelling and Molecular Engineering
  • Analytical and bio-analytical technology

2. Strength of the research in chemistry at the UdG. These doctoral studies will put me in contact with competitive research groups. The groups who take part in this doctoral programme:

  • They have demonstrated an ability to train doctoral students to a high level
  • They constitute research groups established by the Government of Catalonia
  • They publish scientific articles in indexed and high impact journals.
  • They have a high degree of internationalisation
  • The majority of them are involved in the transfer of technology

3. Training. I will have the opportunity to carry out specific training activities from the doctoral programme and also cross-disciplinary training activities:

  • The specific training activities include the undertaking of a theoretical or experimental work, publication of the results in scientific journals and also attendance at seminars, conferences, courses, doctoral student conferences or congresses.
  • The cross-disciplinary teaching objectives will enable me to acquire knowledge and skills that are fundamental to producing and presenting the doctoral thesis, writing and publishing scientific articles, drafting projects, performing information searches, and communicating and disseminating scientific activity.

4. Mobility and internationalisation. I would like to carry out a placement of between 3 to 6 months in a research group abroad and obtain an international mention on my doctoral certificate. The research groups that participate in this doctoral programme undertake collaborations with international centres, which favours student mobility and their participation in joint projects between the different groups involved.

  • In recent years, the majority of doctoral students directed by teachers on this doctoral programme have obtained mobility grants.
  • More than half of these doctoral students have received the international mention on their doctoral certificate.

5. Moreover, these doctoral studies are born of the doctoral programme in Experimental Sciences and Sustainability, that in its day received the Mention of Excellence awarded by the Ministry of Education. 

Learning objectives

The general objective of the Doctoral Programme in Chemistry at the University of Girona is to train highly qualified researchers in this field who will be equipped with the professional and personal skills and abilities to successfully join national and international R&D&i systems. For this, students who complete this doctoral programme should have the ability to create their own knowledge in order to solve real chemistry problems, put together a sound defence of their personal points of view, produce complex scientific reports and defend them before a qualified audience. All these objectives will be met through the production of the doctoral thesis, which will prepare the researchers for their future professional career. During the doctoral thesis, the acquisition of an intensive specialisation in the different orientations provided by the lines of research defined in the programme will be fostered, along with the acquisition of general skills related to the ability to work independently and in a group, participation in research projects and the presentation of scientific and technical works, among other aspects.

Lines of research

1. Catalysis and Bio-Inorganics

Potential doctoral-thesis research directors: Dr Miquel Costas SalgueiroDr Anna Pla QuintanaDr Xavier Ribas SalamañaDr Anna Roglans RibasDr M. Isabel Romero García, Dr Montserrat Rodríguez Pizarro, Dr Alfons Polo Ortiz, Dr Josep Duran Carpintero, Dr Anna Company Casadevall, Dr Agustí Lledó-Ponsatí, Dr Julio Lloret Fillol, Dr Francesc Teixidor Bombardó, Dr Antoni Llobet Dalmases

Tutors: Dr Miquel Costas SalgueiroDr Anna Pla QuintanaDr Xavier Ribas SalamañaDr Anna Roglans RibasDr M. Isabel Romero GarcíaDr Montserrat Rodríguez PizarroDr Alfons Polo OrtizDr Josep Duran Carpintero

2. Engineering and chemistry of proteins Diagnostic and therapeutic applications

Potential doctoral-thesis research directors: Dr Rafael de Llorens DuranDr M. Ángeles Martínez LorenteDr Rosa Peracaula MiróDr Marc Ribó PanosaDr Maria Vilanova BruguésDr Antoni Benito Mundet, Dr Sílvia Barrabés Vera, Dr Anna Massaguer Vall·llovera, Dr Esther Llop Escorihuela

Tutors: Dr Rafael de Llorens DuranDr M. Ángeles Martínez LorenteDr Rosa Peracaula MiróDr Marc Ribó PanosaDr Maria Vilanova Brugués, Dr Antoni Benito Mundet

3. Innovation in Processes and Products of Organic Synthesis

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Eduard Bardají RodríguezDr. Lídia Feliu SoleyDr. Montserrat Heras CorominasDr. Marta Planas Grabuleda

Tutors: Dr. Eduard Bardají RodríguezDr. Lídia Feliu SoleyDr. Montserrat Heras CorominasDr. Marta Planas Grabuleda

4. Computational modeling of transition-metal-catalyzed reactions

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Josep Maria Luís Luís, Dr. Miquel Solà Puig, Dr. Sergey Vyboyshchikov,

Tutors: Dr. Albert Poater TeixidorDr. Sergey Vyboyshchikov

5. Theoretical chemistry, Modelling and Molecular Engineering

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Emili Besalú Llorà, Dr. Miquel Duran Portas, Dr. Pedro Salvador Sedano, Dr. Sílvia Simon Rabaseda, Dr. Marcel Swart, Dr. Alexander VoitioukDr. Lluís Blancafort San José, Dr. Ferran Feixas Geronès, Dr. Eduard Matito Gras, Dr. Sílvia Osuna Oliveras, Dr. Jordi Poater Teixidor

Tutors: Dr. Emili Besalú LloràDr. Miquel Duran PortasDr. Pedro Salvador SedanoDr. Sílvia Simon RabasedaDr. Marcel SwartDr. Alexander VoitioukDr. Lluís Blancafort San José

6. Analytical and bio-analytical technology

Potential doctoral-thesis research directors: Dr Enriqueta Anticó Daró, Dr Mònica Iglesias Juncà, Dr Juan M. Sánchez Navarro, Dr Clàudia Fontàs Rigau, Dr Manuela Hidalgo Muñoz, Dr Eva Marguí Grabulosa, Dr Victòria Salvadó Martín

Tutors: Dr Enriqueta Anticó DaróDr Mònica Iglesias JuncàDr Juan M. Sánchez NavarroDr Clàudia Fontàs RigauDr Manuela Hidalgo MuñozDr Eva Marguí GrabulosaDr Victòria Salvadó Martín

Additional requirements

The regulations governing the teaching programmes of doctoral degrees at the University of Girona establish that the Academic Committees of each doctoral programme may establish requirements additional to those set out by the School of Doctoral Studies in the following cases:

  1. The Academic Committees will be able to establish requirements and criteria in addition to those provided for in article 3 for the selection and admission of students to the corresponding doctoral programme.
  2. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a thesis tutor.
  3. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a thesis director.
  4. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme will be able to establish additional requirements for the authorisation to present a thesis in the form of compendium of publications.
  5. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a member of the thesis tribunal.
  6. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements to award the mention "cum laude".

The additional requirements cited by the Academic Committee for the doctoral programme in Chemistry are the following":

  1. With regard to article 6.1, the Committee adds as an additional requirement for becoming a thesis tutor "a permanent link with the University".
  2. With regard to article 6.2, the Committee adds as an additional requirement for becoming a thesis director that said person must have obtained their doctoral degree at least two years prior to taking on this role and must have continued to carry out research activity during this two year period. If the research activity during this two year period has been interrupted, the research activity must have continued following this interruption and the total number of years of post doctoral research activity must be at least two.

Access

The Doctoral Programme in Chemistry is governed by Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which establishes the organisation of official doctoral studies programmes. The access requirements are those set out in this Royal Decree and which can be consulted at the following web address www.udg.edu/doctorat/acces.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for the Doctoral Programme in Chemistry

Candidates who request admission and fulfil the criteria of access to the doctoral programme in Chemistry at the University of Girona, will have to send the programme directors (lidia.feliu@udg.edu) a letter of acceptance from a researcher on the programme who has agreed to direct their doctoral thesis (in accordance with the attached template).

The Academic Committee will appraise the applications in accordance with the following criteria, which are presented in order of priority and with the weighting awarded:

1) Academic record (60%) The appraisal will take into account the average grade of subjects related to the field of chemistry, which will be the main selection criteria.

2) Curriculum vitae (30%). Previous studies in chemistry will be taken into the account in the appraisal and particularly the extent to which these studies are aligned with the lines of research that form part of the programme. Professional experience, publications and level of proficiency in languages will also be appraisable merits.

3) Motivation (10%). The research interests stated by the candidates will be appraised along with the extent to which they are aligned with one of the lines of research of the programme.

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, candidate applications will be arranged in order of priority. 

Theses

You must know

Compulsory training for doctoral students

Compulsory training: 30 hours, of which at least 20 must correspond to training courses from the School of Doctoral Studies.

It is compulsory for doctoral students to take part in:

Workshop: Writing and publishing a paper in Science.

All the courses offered on the doctoral programme in this link

 

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Proposed criteria for granting the Extraordinary Doctoral Award.

1. Scientific publications in indexed journals and patents derived from the thesis (up to 5.0 points)

Only publications directly derived from the thesis that are published in journals included in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and obtained from the date the student enrolled on the Doctoral Programme up until the deadline for applications for the Extraordinary Doctoral Award will be assessed.. Priority will be given to publications in the first quartile where the doctoral student is the first author. Books or chapters of books will also be taken into consideration. With regard to patents, only those that are the result of the doctoral thesis will be taken into account.

2. Contributions presented at congresses, lectures or conferences (up to 1.0 point)

International congresses, lectures or conferences will be appraised along with contributions presented as oral communications.

3. International mention (1.5 points)

4. Research placements (up to 1.0 point)

Only placements carried out during the doctoral thesis period that have not led to the international mention will be appraised.

5. Confidential report of the external reviews and report from the members of the thesis tribunal (up to 1.0 point)

The confidential reports of the external reviewers, as well as the reports of the members of the thesis tribunal will be taken into account.

6. Other merits related directly to the thesis, at the discretion of the Appraisal Committee (up to 0.5 points)

 

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Requirements for presenting the thesis as a compendium of publications

Minimum of 3 articles published or accepted for publication in journals included in the JCR, for which the doctoral student is the first author; or a minimum of 2 articles published or accepted for publication in journals included in the JCR in which the doctoral student is the first author and of which at least one article is published in a journal in the first quartile.