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Second cycle degree course
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course in English
class LM Sc. Mat.
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Why in Parma?

A multidisciplinary training program is offered in Materials Science, to develop the methodological, theoretical and practical skills essential to the field. The basic teaching activities in chemistry and physics are complemented by a rich offer of multidisciplinary training in engineering, geological and biological sciences. 

The course builds on the collaboration between the Dept. Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SCVSA) and the Dept. of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences. It stems from the COMP-R project, awarded to SCVSA (MUR Departments of Excellence 2023-27) on the topic “The challenge of complexity for sustainable development: towards regeneration”. COMP-R funds the acquisition of advanced instrumentations and new faculty members, to design the training program that relies on extended laboratory activities. It also funds scholarships for best students. 

In short, the students will access a training program dealing with cutting-edge research devoted to the design, development and analysis of advanced functional materials, with particular interest to applications for sustainability, sustainable processes and life cycle assessment.

 

What you will learn

  • Structural materials
    • Inorganic glass
    • Sustainable polymeric materials & lab - 12 CFU
  • Condensed matter physiscs - 9 CFU
  • Statistics and chemometrics for materials science - 6 CFU
  • Advanced synthesis of sustainable molecular materials & lab - 6 CFU
  • Student’s choices from menu 1A* - 6-18 CFU
  • Student’s choice from menu 1B** - 0-12 CFU
  • Student’s free choice - 0-12 CFU 

*Total CFUs from menus 1A + 2A = 18
** Total CFUs from menus 1B + 2B = 12
Total CFUs for student’s free choice = 12

Menu 1A

  • Chemical sensors based on advanced and sustainable functional materials - 6 CFU
  • Molecular functional materials - 6 CFU
  • Materials-by-design lab - 6 CFU
  • Catalytic technologies for sustainability - 6 CFU
  • Carbon-based nanostructures - 6 CFU
  • Lab of molecular nanotechnology - 6 CFU 

Menu 2A

  • Organic sustainable materials and nanomaterials - 6 CFU
  • Materials physics & technology - 6 CFU 

Menu 1B

  • Geomaterials for sustainability - 6 CFU
  • Plant-based sustainable materials - 6 CFU
  • Materials for additive manufacturing
    • Metallic materials for additive manufacturing - 3 CFU
    • Polymer materials for additive manufacturing - 3 CFU

Menu 2B

  • Artificial intelligence for material science - 6 CFU
  • Applied biotechnologies for sustainable materials - 6 CFU

  • Computational materials science & lab - 6 CFU
  • Physical characterization of energy materials - 6 CFU
  • Student’s choice from menu 2A* - 0-12 CFU
  • Student’s choice from menu 2B** - 0-12 CFU
  • Student’s free choice - 0-12 CFUOther activities - 1 CFU
  • Internship and final dissertation - 32 CFU 

*Total CFUs from menus 1A + 2A = 18
** Total CFUs from menus 1B + 2B = 12
Total CFUs for student’s free choice = 12

Menu 1A

  • Chemical sensors based on advanced and sustainable functional materials - 6 CFU
  • Molecular functional materials - 6 CFU
  • Materials-by-design lab - 6 CFU
  • Catalytic technologies for sustainability - 6 CFU
  • Carbon-based nanostructures - 6 CFU
  • Lab of molecular nanotechnology - 6 CFU 

Menu 2A

  • Organic sustainable materials and nanomaterials - 6 CFU
  • Materials physics & technology - 6 CFU 

Menu 1B

  • Geomaterials for sustainability - 6 CFU
  • Plant-based sustainable materials - 6 CFU
  • Materials for additive manufacturing
    • Metallic materials for additive manufacturing - 6 CFU
    • Polymer materials for additive manufacturing - 6 CFU

Menu 2B

  • Artificial intelligence for material science - 6 CFU
  • Applied biotechnologies for sustainable materials - 6 CFU

Access type

Open access (entry requirements to be verified).

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Attendance

Not mandatory except for practical activities.

After graduation

Master’s graduates in Materials Science are uniquely positioned to make a positive impact on the advancement of scientific and technological innovation in materials science. Their comprehensive skill set and expertise cover the management and design of stateof-the-art technologies tailored for materials science applications. 

Multifarious employment opportunities are foreseen, spanning the entire materials science lifecycle, including sustainability, encompassing production, characterization, analysis, and quality control. 

The graduates will be fit to highly responsible technical roles, orchestrating innovative research, driving developmental processes, overseeing production workflows, and engaging in advanced design endeavors. Moreover, they can offer specialized technical-scientific consultancy services, catering to companies devoted to the development and characterization of advanced materials. 

This consultancy extends to addressing environmental sustainability concerns, showcasing their adaptability and relevance in the contemporary landscape.

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