Doctorate In Chemistry And Chemical Engineering

Universidad de La Laguna

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Doctorate In Chemistry And Chemical Engineering

Universidad de La Laguna

The PhD Program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering presented comes from the rigorous adaptation of the PhD Program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Quality Mention of the MEC since 2004 (MCD 2004/00261), which also obtained the Mention for Excellence in the year 2011 (MEE2011-0426).

The social context in which the program is developed is that of a community with a scarce industrial fabric, in which there are 224 companies within the chemical industry concept, 97 in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and 127 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, according to the directory of companies.

These companies range from the manufacture of paints and varnishes to dietetic products, the largest group being dedicated to the "manufacture of soaps, detergents and other articles of cleaning and polishing. Manufacture of perfumes and beauty and hygiene products "

The only major company in the sector is the CEPSA oil refinery.

In the Annual Report of the Canarian Economy of 2012, the Canarian Confederation of Entrepreneurs states that "In these moments of crisis, with high unemployment rates, the market niches are sought in which to develop the professional career with guarantees" and includes Chemistry career within those that generate more contracts in Spain.

Randstad Professionals has developed a ranking of the races with best professional output during the first months of 2012, which includes Chemistry among the most demanded races

In the Canary Islands, it is clear that the economic future is to convert scientific and technical knowledge into a benefit for social welfare and economic activity.

In addition, the studies of chemistry at the University of La Laguna enjoy considerable social prestige, derived from the achievements of the past century by figures such as Dr. D. Antonio González, who were highly publicized. Nowadays the work of the University Institute of Bio-organic Antonio González continues appearing in the mass media, reason why the investigation in chemistry is recognized at the popular level. This makes the study of chemistry in the university have a certain prestige that has made the number of students at different levels has been maintained.

The academic relevance of the Doctoral Program is supported by the number of academic courses that have been given with reasonable student success, an acceptable number of doctoral theses defended, the publications derived from them and the high percentage of graduates who have been incorporated into the world of work in highly qualified positions.

The demand for the different doctoral programs in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering that have existed at the University of La Laguna has always been reasonable for a center of our size, which is due to the research tradition in our area of ​​knowledge. In recent years, enrollment has averaged 14 students per year.

The number of places offered (30) is reasonable taking into account the capacity and availability of the research groups included in the training offer. From them, it is estimated, based on previous experience, that a maximum of 10 could choose to perform their thesis part-time.

The main language used will be Spanish, with an important presence of English, since it is the main language of the scientific literature in the area of ​​chemistry and chemical engineering.

The specific rules of permanence in the Doctorate Program can be found in Article 8 of the Regulation of Official Teachings of Doctorate of the University of La Laguna published in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands and accessible at the following address.

The University of La Laguna has recently approved (Council of Government of 9/26/2013) the creation of a Doctoral School where all the Official PhD Programs will be integrated. This regulation establishes that until the creation of said School is effective, the programs will be assigned temporarily to the Faculties in which they were traditionally given the Doctorate Programs that preceded them. Therefore, the proposed new program will be assigned temporarily to the Faculty of Chemistry and later will depend on the PhD School of the University of La Laguna.

Doctoral studies in chemistry and chemical engineering are aimed at advanced training in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering and providing future doctors with the skills to independently develop the research activity and the creation of knowledge. In addition, the training activities provide the ability to develop research projects and write scientific articles.

In order to guarantee the quality of the teaching imparted, as well as its improvement and to guarantee the rights of students and professors, the Doctorate Program is integrated within the scope of the Internal Quality Assurance System of the Faculty of Chemistry.

This doctoral program will have, like the previous ones, with the participation of researchers from the Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology of the CSIC, center with which there is an agreement signed for this purpose.

As far as internationalization is concerned, it is important to note that the doctoral programs in the area of ​​chemistry, offered by the University of La Laguna, have historically had a great impact in Latin American countries, since scientific ties have been created that have facilitated the displacement of many South American and Central American students to La Laguna to undertake doctoral studies. At present, this trend continues, albeit to a lesser extent because of the difficulty of obtaining scholarships. In spite of this, co-tutelary theses are being carried out with researchers from other countries. The number of first-time students from countries other than Spain has been 4.6 per year on average in the last five years.

Seven theses with international mention have been read in the last three courses (2010-2011 to 2012/2013), indicating a tendency to seek international relations. The research groups participating in the Program have promoted specific collaboration agreements with more than a dozen research groups from different countries.

These agreements are usually for the mobility of research staff, which allows our doctoral students to spend some time in other laboratories and receive foreign doctoral students, which undoubtedly leads to better training.

Within Europe, Erasmus agreements have been established specifying mobility for doctorates, with countries such as Belgium, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Romania.

The proposed PhD program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is part of the Strategic Plan of the University of La Laguna in the sections related to research and postgraduate teaching.

In the said Strategic Plan, approved in the Council of Government on July 17, 2008, within the actions aimed at Extending the External Projection of our Teaching and Research Activities, the objective of Generating an Offer of Postgraduate Quality Education is taken, taking advantage of our capacity for research training.

The proposed doctoral program is also part of the ULL's R & D & I strategy, which includes the development of the International Campus of Excellence (CEI-CANARIAS) Campus, an area of ​​excellence that must be from 2015 Atlantic reference in Europe as a receptor and catalyst for talent in teaching, research, innovation and transfer projects with Africa and Latin America and, under the common denominator of a comprehensive sustainability model for its development.

Some of the actions of the aforementioned Atlantic Tricontinental Campus are directly linked to the research lines of the doctoral program in Chemistry in Chemical Engineering. Specifically, the following lines:

B7. International Multidisciplinary Center for Water Reuse

Its objective is to include in the same space the three main facets associated with the reuse of water: teaching, research and transfer of results to society and the productive sectors involved.

B11. Center for environmental research and climate change in the Atlantic.

At present, climate studies in the Canary Islands have been initiated and their effects on human health and plant ecosystems are underpinned by a structuring project that brings together seven research groups from different specialties (Geography, Ecology, Ecophysiology, Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Pharmacy ).

B15. Network of R & D & i of biodiverse drugs

To achieve this goal, the Canaries CEI is based on a 50-year tradition of obtaining new organic products from extracts of dry plants, their purification and their chemical or biotechnological modification. The Atlanfarm Network aims to expand the search range of possible new natural compounds including the green extracts of moist plants, which include active principles such as proteins, polysaccharides, complex lipids, etc. The experience in these new fields is still incipient, although several examples have great tradition in their exploitation for commercial purposes (there are several companies of Aloe vera and natural polyphenols in the Canary Islands). There is also a wide tradition in the Canary Islands of studying the biological activities of natural and synthetic products (antiparasitic, antimicrobial, antineurodegenerative, antitumor and modulators of sex hormone receptors). Both traditions have been joined in numerous research projects that have provided dozens of publications of international rank.



  • CB11 - Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of skills and research methods related to the field.
  • CB12 - Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  • CB13 - Ability to contribute to expanding the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  • CB14 - Ability to perform critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • CB15 - Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and society in general about their areas of expertise in the ways and languages ​​commonly used in the international scientific community.
  • CB16 - Ability to promote, within academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement in a knowledge-based society.

Skills and Per- sonal Skills

  • CA01 - Navigating our contexts in which there is little specific information.
  • CA02 - Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
  • CA03 - To design, create, develop and launch new and innovative projects in its field of knowledge.
  • CA04 - Work in both equipment and autonomously in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • CA05 - Integrate knowledge, handle complexity, and formulate judgments with limited information.
  • CA06 - Criticism and defense of intellectual solutions.

other skills

  • CE01 - The acquisition of additional competences in the proposed Doctoral Program is not contemplated.

Training activities

  • Student Congress of the Faculty of Chemistry
  • Scientific Week Antonio González
  • Course Program of the University Institute of Materials and Nanomaterials. Advances in Materials and Nanomaterials
  • Workshop: Access to information in digital format: books and electronic journals. Bibliographic managers
  • Mobility: Making a stay in another center
  • Workshop. Preparation of a scientific article
  • Seminar: Preparation of a research project
  • Professional orientation seminars and job search techniques

Lines of investigation

  • IQI Line: Materials and Engineering
  • QA Line: Agri-food, environmental and industrial analytical chemistry
  • QF Line: Nanostructures and electrochemistry
  • QO Line: Medical, bio-organic and synthetic chemistry

Admission criteria

To be admitted to the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Program it is necessary to comply with the access requirements set out in the previous section. Likewise, the Regulation of Official Doctorate Education of the University of La Laguna (Resolution of January 17, 2013) establishes that the academic commissions of the doctoral programs may establish additional requirements and criteria for the selection and admission of the students corresponding to the Program.

In this regard, in compliance with the access requirements outlined above, the Academic Commission of the Program, which is responsible for the admission process and whose composition, will take into consideration the following aspects and weightings when evaluating and processing applications for admission to the Program of Doctorate:

Academic record (0-7 points)

Research experience (0-1 point)

Professional experience (0-1 point)

Accreditation of level B2 or higher in English (0-1 point)

In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the number of places offered this scale will be applied as a selection criterion.

Students with specific educational needs

The ULL, through the Vicerrectorado de Alumnado and the Assistance Services, develops since 1999 a Program of Assistance to Students with Disabilities (PAED). The objective of this program is to ensure equal opportunities

and promote the integration of students with specific educational support needs. EL PAED, through direct and personalized attention, promotes concrete measures for the integral development of these students in an open and accessible environment.

The Academic Committee with the Advising of these services of support and advice of the ULL will evaluate in a personalized way the necessity of possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

Dedication regime

three years full time, counting from the admission of the doctorate to the Program until the presentation of the Doctoral Thesis. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and subject to prior authorization from the Academic Committee responsible for the Program, part-time doctoral studies may be undertaken. In this case, such studies may have a maximum duration of 5 years from admission to the Program until the presentation of the Doctoral Thesis.

According to the Official Teaching Regulations of the University of La Laguna (Resolution of January 17, 2013, Official Bulletin of the Canary Islands of January 25, 2013), Article 7:

By definition, it is understood that all students who enroll in the doctoral program will be full time.

In order to be considered a PhD student on a part-time basis, the corresponding application must be submitted in the form and in the deadlines established for this, justifying the impossibility of carrying out these studies on a full-time dedication basis for reasons Of work activity, special educational needs, family care needs, high performance or high level athletes, as well as those that are contemplated in the rules of permanence of the ULL or, where applicable, in the regulations that develop them.

These applications will be resolved before the period established for enrollment in doctoral studies by the Academic Committee of the corresponding Doctoral Program.

An appeal against the resolution may be filed with the Rector within one month of notification.

Doctoral students may request a change of regime of dedication justified reasons. The academic commission of the Doctorate Program will issue a report authorizing or denying such change.

An appeal against the resolution may be filed with the Rector within one month of notification.

Students enrolled and their origin

The PhD Program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering comes from another of the same denomination that is currently in force with Mention towards Excellence.

The evolution of the new students has varied according to the following table:

Course 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
New entry 12 eleven 13 37 13
Foreign 0 2 3 13 5

The number of 37 that appears in the data of the course 2009 is due to the adaptation of the students of previous programs that were extinguished.

This table indicates reasonable stability in terms of new incomes (the provisional figure for the 2013/14 academic year is currently 12).

The number of students from other countries has declined in recent years, due to adverse economic factors that have affected the number of scholarships. However, we expect a moderate recovery from the interest shown by emerging countries, mainly from Latin America that have started to offer scholarships for doctoral studies in Spain.

This school offers programs in:
  • Spanish
  • English

Last updated November 9, 2017
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