Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier

Catalysis and Sustainability


Terceiro ciclo




Beatriy Royo

Course director

Armando J.L. Pombeiro (IST/UL)

Opening date

February 2018

Education objectives

Catalysis provides the highest contribution of Chemistry towards sustainable development, allowing reactions to be performed with the highest energy saving, in the most efficient, economical and environmental responsible way. This PhD Programme on Catalysis and Sustainability (CATSUS) aims to strengthen the advanced teaching and research in modern Catalysis, promoting a synergic cooperation of the different types of Catalysis, in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, by gathering teams with complementary expertises in various institutions and favouring their interaction.

It will provide a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary cutting-edge research covering diversified topics in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalyses, bioinspired catalysis, and catalysis under environmentally benign and sustainable conditions, towards the syntheses of both commodity and fine chemicals, within hot topics of industrial and/or biological significance. Students will be trained on the required modern synthetic, spectroscopic and other analytical techniques and encouraged to venture new ideas in active research laboratories with strong international links.

Access conditions

The selection of PhD candidates will be in accordance with the PhD regulations of the partner institutions and complying with FCT regulations. A requirement will be that the degree of the candidate allows him/her to follow a doctoral degree in the country where he/she got the former degree.

Particular importance will be given to previous involvement in research related activities in Catalysis (e.g., scientific publications, presentations at conferences, participation in research projects, etc.).

Further criteria for admission are: motivation; academic performance; and knowledge of English language.

Degree pre-requisites

The CATSUS Curricular Structure is based on on-going PhD programmes with no requirement for new accreditation by the A3ES, leading to the Doctoral Degree in Chemistry or in Chemical Engineering, awarded by the granting institutions.

The CATSUS provides the specialization on Catalysis and Sustentability of the above Doctoral Degrees. The contents concern, in a flexible arrangement dependent on the student’s interests, the following fields: homogeneous, heterogeneous, supported, bio-, photo- and electro-catalyses; oil and renewable fuels; polymers; functionalized nanomaterials; supporting analytical, structural and computational methods; entrepreneurship. Although based on a settled structure, some of the core courses are newly developed and contents of others are reorganized to reflect the modern and multidisciplinary bases and applications of catalysis. Faculty and researchers from participating institutions and renowned guests (also from abroad) from academia and industry should take part in teaching with a modular structure.

The duration of the course is 4 years (including the PhD Thesis) requiring a total of 240 ECTS, distributed as follows: 30 ECTS (minimum); 60 ECTS (maximum)] and Thesis – [180 ECTS (minimum); 210 ECTS (maximum).

The Program is established individually by the Directive Board, taking into account the interests of the student and his/her supervisor