Website of the Doctorate

Director: Prof. Alessandro Pegoretti
Deputy-director: Prof. Sandra Dirè

*Note: until the Academic Year 2012-2013 the Doctorate was named as "Materials Science and Engineering".

Educational Aims

The MMSE Doctorate operates within the Department of Industrial Engineering and represents  the upper level of the didactic offered by the University. The aim is to form professionals able to play a key role in the research, design and production fields of industrial engineering. A particular focus is given to advanced materials, mechatronics and system engineering.

The most significative research areas of Materials Science and Engineering include nanostructured materials (metallic alloys, ceramic powders, inorganic systems from sol-gel and nanocomposites), powder metallurgy, biomaterials and biomedical technologies (also developed at the BIOtech center in Mattarello), polymeric and composite materials, materials for energy (photovoltaic, solar thermal, fuel cells, hydrogen storage), materials chemistry, high-strength glasses and ceramics, coatings and surface treatments, wear phenomena, corrosion and mechanical fatigue, degradation, experimental characterization of the mechanical behaviour and numerical modeling, atomistic modeling of materials, chemical plants, microscopy (optical, electronic and atomic force), NMR, thermal analysis, microstructural and micromechanics analysis through X-ray diffraction.

The research activities on Mechatronic and Mechanical Systems are based on a multidisciplinary approach reflecting the most advanced developments of the Concurrent Engineering approach. Among the research topics, the following can be listed: autonomous vehicles and robots, intelligent machine tools and machining processes, product innovation, modeling, simulation and control of process, modeling and simulation of mechatronics system, measurement systems and sensor data fusion, accessibility and assistance systems, modeling of the human movements, mechanisms for space applications, numerical analysis and SW development for dynamic simulation and optimization, control and identification of linear, non-linear and hybrid dynamic systems.

The main research activities in the area of Electronic Systems and Integrated Microelectronic Systems are focused on the design and development of systems for the acquisition, elaboration and management of signals and information useful to solve problems of industrial and social relevance. Microelectronics, microsensors and systems embedded in automation devices, biomedical instrumentation, advanced research tools (such as detectors for elementary particle physics), systems for vigilance and assistance, systems on chip (SoC) and ultra-low power, methodologies for data acquisition, elaboration and distributed measuring systems, can be listed among the current research fields.

Operative Research represents a research field in which models are developed to support decisions and to analyze the economical efficiency, productivity and quality of industrial processes; techniques are developed for the mathematical optimization and computer simulation; information technology tools are assessed for the management and decisions support; criteria for the risk and uncertainty assessment in problem solving are provided.

In each of the above mentioned fields, and in additional related ones, it is possible to develop PhD theses having more fundamental or industrial oriented approaches.

Scientific Areas (Ministerial references)

CHIM/07 Foundations of Chemistry for Technologies
FIS/01    Experimental Physics
ING-IND/12    Mechanical and Thermal Measuring Systems
ING-IND/13    Applied Mechanics for Machinery
ING-IND/14    Mechanical Design and Machine Building
ING-IND/15    Design and Methods for Industrial Engineering
ING-IND/16    Production Technologies and Systems
ING-IND/21    Metallurgy
ING-IND/22    Science and Technology of Materials
ING-IND/23    Applied Physical Chemistry
ING-IND/34    Industrial Bioengineering
ING-INF/01    Electronics
ING-INF/04    Automatics
ING-INF/05    Data Processing Systems
ING-INF/07    Electric and Electronic Measurement Systems
MAT/08   Numerical analysis
SECS-S/06    Mathematics for Economics, Actuarial Studies and Finance

Official language: English

Duration: 3 years