The PhD Course in Electrical, Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering (EMNE) was conceived with the aim of offering a truly multidisciplinary third-level education, targeted at research topics in various fields of industrial engineering, in sectors ranging from materials engineering to micro/nanotechnologies and electrical engineering.

EMNE PhD course is aimed at forming young doctors that may have direct and privileged access to highly qualified jobs. The course is designed with the scope of responding to the specific needs and dynamics of the industrial world and of the related market, where personnel with higher and higher qualification is sought, with multidisciplinary expertise and special capability of exploiting innovative technologies and advanced methodologies for the design and development of new products.

The fast growth of micro/nanotechnologies has introduced important innovations in different fields of industrial engineering. Cross-fertilization of knowledge and research represents a fundamental step in the education of PhD students, making them able to offer personal contribution to the innovation of products and industrial systems.

EMNE PhD course proposes a novel synthetic approach to combine a wide range of research topics, focused on transversal themes (like the development, characterization and use of materials and technologies) and on vertical ones (as for the sector of electrical engineering).

The formation offered to the PhD students is an intensive training to the applied research starting from the integration of basic technical and scientific knowledge to the new frontiers of the science in the specific research field. The PhD student is assisted by an expert tutor throughout the three years of progress of the personal research project that he has been assigned, so that  his personal aptitude to scientific research can be developed and valorized.

The methodological approach to the research project includes:

- a study of the fundamental scientific aspects of the investigated problem (from the mathematical, physical o chemical points of view);

- a wider and deeper study of the most advanced scientific and technical research methodologies in the specific industrial or electrical engineering sector;

- a wider knowledge of the boundary and support methodologies relevant to the information science and technology as well as industrial economics and management.

The evolution of the particular occupational situation of the country is considered as a fundamental reference for the selection of the research topics proposed to the students, so that potential advantages in terms of takeover of exiting PhDoctors in the national and international research and working context can be optimized.

Moreover PhD students are supported, by stimulating their participation to Schools and national and international symposia and workshop, in the process of becoming integrating part of the national and international research community.

The PhD course is organized in three curricula:

A) Electrical Engineering

A) Materials and Raw Materials Engineering

C) Micro/Nanotechnology


Potential employment of EMNE PhD doctors can be anticipated in the areas of academic or industrial  research and development in the fields of:

1. materials for chemical, mechanical, aerospace and transportation industries, steel and metal production and processing industries, biomaterials, construction materials, materials for electronics and for electric industry, materials in and for Cultural Heritage, materials disposal and recycling processes.

2. valorization of raw materials and secondary materials;

3. production, characterization and storage of underground fluids.

4. electrical engineering: power electrical systems, smart grid, domotics, large scale interconnection of renewable resources, sustainable electrical power and energy generation, sensors, electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic radiation impact on the environment.

5. micro and nanotechnologies: development of new materials and technologies for, aerospace, alternative energies, sensors, automotive industry, cultural heritage.


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