International Interuniversity PhD programme, in partnership with:

University of Trieste

In partnership with:

The Administrative headquarter is at the University of Trieste


For information on educational activities:

PhD Office - University of Trieste
Tel: + 39040 558 3182

PhD Office - Ca' Foscari University
Francesca Guidi

Campus Scientifico - via Torino, 155
30170 Mestre-Venice

Educational aims

The PhD programme 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 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. The graduated students will be trained with all experimental and theoretical tools necessary to manage general problems which will be encountered when developing new chemical compounds or processes, as well as their industrial implications, to carry on an independent and autonomous research activity.

Research themes

The Graduate School in Chemistry covers all chemical disciplines and some areas of Chemical Engineering, Biology and technology for cultural heritage. The main research topics, spanning from the classical to the most advanced ones, are listed below.

  • Biocrystallography;
  • Pharmaceutical biology;
  • Inorganic, bio-inorganic and organometallic chemistry;
  • Organic and bio-organic chemistry;
  • Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis and bio-catalysis;
  • Supramolecular chemistry and catalysis;
  • Theoretical and computational chemistry;
  • Medicinal chemistry;
  • Analytical and environmental chemistry;
  • Chemistry for Cultural Heritage;
  • Electrochemistry and sensors;
  • Green and sustainable chemistry;
  • Chemical engineering;
  • Advanced materials and thin films;
  • Nanosciences and nanotechnologies;
  • Molecular spectroscopy;
  • Pharmaceutical Technologies;
  • Physical chemistry;
  • Industrial chemistry.

Professional profiles

The PhD in Chemistry opens to a wide range of possible job activities. First of all, the most probable occupation is as a researcher in public or private institutions where the ability to independently run research projects and qualified scientific activities is highly requested. Structures like Universities, research centers, chemical companies are suitable environments where the PhD in Chemistry can be employed as researcher, research manager, R&D manager, production manager, quality manager, project or lab manager. The PhD in Chemistry allows also to be responsible for activities correlated to all industrial and technological activities that have a direct connection with chemistry like in the fields of advanced materials, sensors, pharmaceutical ingredients, biotechnology, cultural heritage, food and agrochemical. Similarly, the PhD in Chemistry offers access also to teaching to secondary schools.
The joint degree offered by the University of Trieste and Ca' Foscari Univeristy represents for PhD students an open window to find connections with local industrial and professional activities in order to favor their access to the business world.

How to apply and call for applications

Admission to Doctoral Programmes is gained through a highly selective application process, subject to international attention. Yearly the call for applications is published by University of Trieste.


Trieste (Administrative Office) and Venezia

Last update: 18/01/2023