Course Objectives

The course provides an advanced preparation in the field of materials science and engineering, and chemical and process engineering, integrating knowledge and skills already acquired with the achievement of the Bachelor’s degree. The specific objective of the inter-class master's degree program is to train high-level professional figures who know how to combine fundamental knowledge and the related methodological skills with the knowledge and skills necessary for the analysis and resolution of complex problems, with particular regarding the design and development of innovative materials, processes and products.

The course aims at training students so that they can eventually be:

- able to define and use physical / mathematical models suitable for analyzing the characteristics and performance of materials and products, equipment, systems and processes for their production;

- capable of selecting and designing materials, and designing and managing plants and processes;

- capable of designing and conducting Research and Development activities in the chemical and process engineering, as well as in the materials engineering sector;

- capable of conceiving, developing and applying innovative technologies in these sectors.

The training completes, deepening it, the methodological address set in typical courses of the Bachelor's Degree in technical-scientific subjects, particularly in the courses of Industrial Engineering.

This course aims to systematically develop knowledge in the sectors of the process and materials industry, as well as in applied research, with particular attention to the transformation of matter and energy. Significant space is allocated to scientific disciplines that are fundamental for process engineering and materials engineering, and that are marginally addressed in other engineering master's courses, in order to organically extend the framework of knowledge from macrosystems to nanostructured materials.

The course aims to integrate methods and knowledge traditionally relevant on the one hand to chemical engineering, and on the other to materials engineering, with the aim of training a figure capable of facing complex problems in areas by using an interdisciplinary approach.

The course is structured so that the specific expertise and knowledge gained by the teaching staff in the context of their research activities in the fields of chemical engineering and engineering and materials science is transferred to the students.

The objective of promoting highly interdisciplinary skills and abilities is a characteristic aspect of this inter-class course and it addresses the needs of advanced research as well as the job market.

In accordance with these objectives, the structure of the study plan as well as the choice of related and supplementary disciplines are designed in such a way as to allow articulated and diversified study plans, which are developed in a transversal way on theme that are central to national, European and global development strategies.

Specifically, the skills developed in the areas of chemical and process engineering, and materials engineering are structured in three areas of particular relevance:

- Sustainable Materials and Processes. On the one hand, this concerns the development of the skills necessary for an analysis of sustainability - that is, the analysis of environmental, economic and social impact indicators - both for industrial processes and for the entire life cycle of materials. On the other hand, it concerns the skills for the selection, engineering or development of materials and processes aimed at minimizing these environmental and social impacts, as well as optimizing the economic indicators of industrial production. Skills are developed in the area of ​​the circular approach to the use of materials, as well as efficiency in the management of material and energy flows.

- Materials and Processes for Nanotechnology and Biotechnology. The design, production, characterization and analysis, also with advanced simulation tools, of materials and systems structured at the nanometer scale - scale at which it is possible to interface effectively with the biological processes, and to engineer subtle quantum effects. The applications of these nanomaterials and nanosystems are studied in the areas of main interest for the industry, ranging from nanomaterials for renewable energy technologies or for energy saving, to nanosystems for biomedical or pharmaceutical applications.

- Industrial Materials and Processes. This represents the most classical application area for materials engineering and chemistry, and responds to the need for engineers who are fundamental in the majority of industrial sectors of great importance (metal alloys, shipbuilding, microelectronics, food industry, energy, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, etc.). This course, however, deals with this issue also focusing on the evolution that the industry is experiencing, thus addressing the role of materials and processes in the emerging aspects of the industrial sector such as robotics, digitization, artificial intelligence, as well as the impact that these technologies can have on the materials and processes themselves.