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Master's Degree in Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modelling

Learning objectives

The priority objective of the Master’s in Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modelling is to endow the students with a deep knowledge of catalytic chemistry, which is can be applied in both industry and research.

The master's degree aims to train students who can successfully enter industry, in relation to the different catalytic processes present, as well as corresponding research laboratories. Knowledge in homogeneous catalytic synthesis can be applied to other processes of synthetic chemistry, from organic to inorganic chemistry, through organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry. Similarly, the knowledge in computational chemistry on the application to the study of the structure of catalysts and the mechanism of catalytic reactions can be extrapolated to practically any field.

The exclusive use of the English language in this master's degree is important. This facilitates knowledge of the terminology of catalytic chemistry in international use, and this is of great help both in industry and in the field of research. Also, students should be, at the end of the master's degree, fully competent in that language, both orally and in writing.

General skills:

CB1 - Students should be able to apply their acquired knowledge and problem-solving skills in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of study.

CB2 - That students are able to integrate knowledge and deal with the complexity of making judgements based on incomplete or limited information, including reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgements.

CB3 - Students are able to communicate their conclusions and the ultimate knowledge and reasons that support them to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous way, using English as a vehicular language.

CB4 - That students have the learning skills that will enable them to continue studying in a way that will be largely self-directed or autonomous.

Specific skills

SC1 - Identify the fundamental principles on which organometallic chemistry is based and use them to describe and formulate reaction mechanisms.

SC2 - Identify the basic principles of homogeneous, heterogeneous, asymmetric and bio-inspired catalysis, recognise the processes in which it operates and formulate its main applications in synthesis and energy production processes.

SC3 - Identify the principles of quantum chemistry and its mathematical basis, and know and distinguish the specific methodology of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry and its limits of application.

SC4 - Know how to correlate the electronic structure of molecular systems with their structural and reactivity characteristics, and being able to use appropriate software for their computational simulation.

SC5 - Identify the different intra- and intermolecular forces and recognise their importance in the structure and physical and chemical properties of molecular and supra-molecular systems.

SC6 - Exercise the integration of computational chemistry with experimental observations, judiciously applying the appropriate tools to extract the relevant chemical information, and be able to use it as a support in the resolution of chemical problems of different types.

CE7 - Master and autonomously apply the principles and procedures of spectroscopic and spectrometric analysis for the elucidation of structures and the characterisation of chemical compounds.

CE8 - Master basic chemical reaction monitoring experiments and apply them to the elucidation of the mechanisms of catalytic reactions.

CE9 - Identify the structural elements of a research project involving the development and use of chemical methods and know the appropriate tools for the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

CE10 - Identify the fundamental concepts and principles of organic synthesis and evaluate the new methodological trends for the efficient synthesis of chemical compounds and bioactive molecules.

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