Research

Training-through-research

Each student carries out an individual research project under the (co-)supervision of a member of the Collegio dei Docenti. An excellent knowledge of the current state-of-the-art in chemistry can only be obtained by working in a competitive context of excellence. An indication that CDSM is able to provide such a research setting is the result of the latest VQR-analysis (2011-14), which ranks the area of chemistry 3rd overall in Italy. In terms of research excellence (measured by the proportion of excellent publications) chemistry ranks 1st among the large universities. A complete overview of all research lines is available at the websites of DiSC (www.chimica.unipd.it) and DSF (www.farma.dsfarm.unipd.it). Further signs of the excellent research level offered by CDSM are the presence of 4 ERC-grantees in the Collegio dei Docenti, the involvement of several members in Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks and various European COST actions. PhD-students have access to the excellent research infrastructure available at the Departments of Chemical Sciences (DiSC) and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DSF) and are able to gain hands-on experience in handling top-end scientific instrumentation. Worth special mentioning are the availability of clean room facilities, supercomputing facilities and advanced laser spectroscopies. Each PhD-student has access to adequate laboratory and office space, and access to on-line resources.

The research progress of each individual student is monitored by a committee composed of three members, which is appointed by CDSM. Each year the committee evaluates the progress based on a written report and a presentation followed by discussion. The committee writes an annual report, which is accessible also to the student.

Each PhD-student is strongly stimulated to perform secondments in a foreign laboratory. Not only does this serve to acquire skills that are not present in the research group, but it also serves to experience a different cultural and scientific environment.