Chemical, Geological and Environmental Sciences

The PhD Course in Chemical, Geological and Environmental Sciences of the University of Milano Bicocca is peculiar for its multi-disciplinarity and inter-disciplinarity; specific aim of the course is the training to scientific research in the relevant areas, achieved through different activities:

  • the development of an innovative research project;
  • a learning activity coherent with the research project;
  • seminars and intensive courses on the most advanced research topics within the disciplines of the Doctorate.

The course is divided in three curricula: Chemical Sciences, Geological Sciences, and Environmental Sciences. The unique framework of integration of scientific disciplines is implemented thanks to the research facilities made available to the students at the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DISAT), Biotechnologies and Biosciences (BtBs), and Science of Materials.

The Doctorate in Chemical, Geological and Environmental Sciences has relationship with enterprises and private societies for applied research (industrial Ph.D.) and with other universities abroad for joint programmes.


Director: Prof. Marco Giovanni Malusà

Responsible for the Curriculum in Chemical Sciences and Deputy Director: Prof. Davide Ballabio
Responsible for the Curriculum in Geological Sciences:  Prof. Federico Agliardi 
Responsible for the Curriculum in Terrestrial and Marine Environmental Sciences: Prof. Andrea Franzetti

Objectives and research areas

The main objective of the PhD Course in Chemical, Geological and Environmental Sciences is the development of the capability for planning, organizing, managing and performing research activities in the different research fields covered by the Course.

Each PhD students will be introduced in a research group and trained by a supervisor. Through the cultural exchanges within the research team, the student will achieve the capability for productive collaboration with colleagues as well as for independent working activity. 

The multidisciplinary character of the PhD Course will offer to the student the possibility for a continuous contact with different cultural backgrounds, maintaining, in the same time, a high level of specialization in the specific topics of the different curricula.

Teaching activities

Courses within the Doctorate in Chemical, Geological and Environmental Sciences are organized each year, with involvement of internationally renowned academic docents affiliated either to the local departments, or to other national and foreign institutes. 

For the academic year 2020/2021, over twenty intensive courses have been activated, either transversal to all curricula, or tailored on the most actual themes in the various relevant disciplines. 

PhD Teaching Board
Agliardi Federico University of Milano-Bicocca  
Ballabio Davide University of Milano-Bicocca  
Basso Daniela Maria University of Milano-Bicocca  
Citterio Sandra University of Milano-Bicocca  
Crosta Giovanni University of Milano-Bicocca  
Finizio Antonio University of Milano-Bicocca  
Franzetti Andrea University of Milano-Bicocca  
Frezzotti Maria Luce University of Milano-Bicocca  
Galli Paolo University of Milano-Bicocca  
Garzanti Eduardo University of Milano-Bicocca  
Greco Claudio University of Milano-Bicocca  
Malusà Marco University of Milano-Bicocca  
Mustarelli Piercarlo University of Milano-Bicocca  
Zampella Giuseppe University of Milano-Bicocca  
Zanchi Andrea Marco University of Milano-Bicocca  
Zoia Luca University of Milano-Bicocca  
Bodnar Robert J. Virginia  Polytechnic Institute and State University  (USA)  
Fullana Andres Universidad de Alicante, Spain  
Gagliardi Laura University of Minnesota (USA)  
Jaboyedoff Michel Université de Lausanne (Suisse)  
Nagendra Harini Azim Premj University (India)  
Ray Kallol Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)  
Reiher Markus ETH Zurich (Switzerland)  
Seeger Michael Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María en Valparaíso (Chile)   


by Scuola di dottorato, last updated on 07/04/2021