Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier

Sustainable Chemistry


Terceiro ciclo




Isabel Marrucho (ITQB)

Course director

Manuel Nunes da Ponte (NOVA Lisbon), Artur Silva (Aveiro) e Maria João Ramos (Porto).

Opening date

January 2016 (predicted)



Education objectives

Sustainable Chemistry is an industry-led movement aiming at restoring the reputation of Chemistry as a core Science that can contribute decisively to solve many current societal problems. The European Chemical Industry has built the SUSCHEM Technological Platform as its vehicle to promote Sustainable Chemistry. These new trends are closely followed by this Ph.D. Programme. The expertise put together by the partnership of the three Universities is highly multidisciplinary encompassing all subjects of Chemistry and related areas of Materials, Biotechnology and Engineering that are crucial for the development of Sustainable Chemistry.

Access conditions

1. Masters degree in any area of Science and Technology, with at least 18 (Bologna) credits in Chemistry or equivalent subjects (if you will complete your Masters degree until the 31st December, you can also apply).

2. Minimum Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 14/20 (Portuguese Scale or equivalent by conversion in case of foreign candidates) is legally mandatory for admission in a PhD course in Portuguese Universities. The GPA is calculated using the following formula: 0.6 GPA Undergraduate Degree + 0.4 GPA Masters Degree. Exceptionally, the directors of the doctoral program may admit applicants with GPA lower than 14, provided that the candidate holds an excellent scientific curriculum.

3. Solid knowledge of English language is mandatory.

Degree pre-requisites

The PhD programme in Sustainable Chemistry totals 240 credits (ECTS); most correspond to the PhD thesis (180 ECTS) and the remaining 60 ECTS correspond to curricular units distributed in core and specific training. The program has a duration of 4 academic years, (only in exceptional circumstances can this duration be exceeded).

The first year of the sustainable chemistry programme is organized in two terms.

Each student in the first term of the PhD programme follows a period of intensive training during 12 weeks. At the end of this period a thesis project is chosen.

During the 2nd term the students will be mainly working on the preparation of their PhD work plan, on the acquisition of soft skills and some advanced training on the scientific topic of their PhD theme. At the end of the first year the students will present their PhD work plan to a scientific commission nominated by the direction of PhD programme.

Access to other courses

An advanced degree in Sustainable Chemistry is a significant advantage for the students in the future job market in the Chemicals area.

Sustainable/Green Chemistry is the new name of Industrial Chemistry. The European Chemical Industry is the only industrial sector where Europe is still the dominant World power. The Ph.D. programme is focussed on Sustainable Chemistry as a means to attract young talents and promoting the leading position of Chemistry in the World markets. Job opportunities for Green Chemists are expected to steadily grow in the future.

The University job market is also awakening for these new possibilities, and several advertisements for new Green Chemistry chairs appeared in the last year throughout Europe. This is a sign that opportunities for academic positions for Sustainable Chemistry are also on the raise.