The Master in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology constitutes the period of formation of the Doctorate in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The universities of Valencia, Alicante, Jaume I, La Laguna and Castilla La Mancha participate in this doctorate.
This doctoral program has the Mention to Excellence (MEE2011-0370) granted by the General Secretariat of Universities of the Ministry of Education according to Resolution of October 6, 2011.
In recent years, certain scientific areas such as supramolecular chemistry, molecular biology, surface physics and low temperatures have reached a remarkable development in our country. Research groups have been formed that have achieved an excellent competitive position in the international area. In addition, in a natural way, the very object of research of these disciplines has been converging towards what is called Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Of the strategic importance in ID of these areas, the fact that they have been prioritized in all the National, European and International Programs of all developed countries is a good account. In these physical areas, chemists, biologists, doctors and engineers are in charge of obtaining, manipulating, organizing, studying and taking advantage of the properties of nano-sized objects. Maintaining today and in the future a truly competitive international position in some areas of Nanoscience, however, requires a level of competence that can only be achieved with a thematic focus and with adequate training of research personnel that allows them to acquire the multidisciplinary knowledge that these areas they need.
- Transversal Training Activities
- Assistance to specialized specialized training courses (National School of Molecular Materials (ENMM) and European School in Molecular Nanoscience (ESMOLNa)
- Presentation of papers in national or international scientific congresses
- Assistance to research seminars
- Preparation and presentation of two formal seminars
- Stays in Higher Education Institutions or Research Centers
Justification of the title
Previous experiences in the teaching of doctoral programs with similar characteristics.
The proposed Interuniversity Doctorate in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology has its origin in the National School of Molecular Materials that has been developed since 1992 on a biennial basis. This School has served to articulate and consolidate in Spain a scientific community in the area of Nanoscience and Molecular Materials that, at present, has been constituted as a specialized group of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry. On the other hand, the School has contributed decisively to the formation of several generations of young scientists.
Since 2007 the training period of this doctorate was structured around the Interuniversity Master in "Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology", which received positive verification in 2009 (resolution 5 October 2009) and in which the Universities of Valencia (UVEG, coordinator), University of Alicante (UA), University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Jaume I University of Castellón (UJI), Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and University of Valladolid (UVA).
As such doctoral program received in October 2011 the mention towards excellence by the Ministry of Education with a weighted global score of 94/100 (Reference MEE2011-00194). This PhD also received the mention of quality in the first call from the date the program was created (reference MCD2008-00082).
The training period prior to the doctoral program was structured around the "Master in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology", regulated according to RD1393 / 2007 and positively verified by the abbreviated procedure (resolution 06/29/2009). In the same participate, in addition to the universities mentioned in the PhD Program, the Autonomous University of Madrid and the University of Valladolid. This master was in turn the transformation of the "Master in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" regulated according to RD56 / 2005 and had the favorable report by the Valencian Commission of Accreditation and Quality Assessment (CVAEC) dated 23 January 2006 and was authorized for its implementation by Decree 44/2006, of March 31, of the Consell de la Generalitat Valenciana (DOGV No. 5233 of 04/04/2006).
Demand for the program and interest for society
In recent years, certain scientific areas such as supramolecular chemistry, molecular biology, surface physics and low temperatures have reached a remarkable development in our country. Research groups have been formed that have achieved an excellent competitive position in the international arena. In addition, in a natural way, the very object of research of these disciplines has been converging towards what is called Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Of the strategic importance in ID of these areas, the fact that they have been prioritized in all the National, European and International Programs of all the developed countries is a good account. In these physical areas, chemists, biologists, doctors and engineers are in charge of obtaining, manipulating, organizing, studying and taking advantage of the properties of nano-sized objects. Maintaining today and in the future a truly competitive international position in some areas of Nanoscience, however, requires a level of competence that can only be achieved with a thematic focus and with adequate training of research personnel that allows them to acquire the multidisciplinary knowledge that these areas they need.
The "molecular" orientation of this Doctorate in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology makes it unique at the national (and also European) level. This orientation allows developing those aspects of Nanoscience that are at the intersection between physics, chemistry and biomedicine, making it really multidisciplinary. Thus, the Doctorate in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology:
- Offer a research training for the Graduates in Chemistry, Physics, Biology; Chemical Engineering or Electronics; Science and Technology of Materials; Medicine, and enables an improvement and qualification for professional, academic and research development.
- Establishes collaborative relationships with high-tech institutions and companies.
- It promotes the cooperation between different universities to develop a research profile in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology that is demanded in the ID professional sectors and justly recognized in the field of scientific and technological research.
In relation to the departures of students who obtain this PhD degree, we must point out that our experience is that a significant part have been consolidated as researchers in the Universities and other OPIS (both Spanish and foreign). Currently the picture is changing and more and more students of this Doctorate who find a job in industries and technology centers (such as the realization of devices based on the use of nanomaterials, coatings and paints for the metal industry, companies in the field of nanotubes and other carbon nanostructures for the development of new advanced materials for applications in nanotechnology, services related to surface coatings based on chemical research at nanotechnological levels, microelectronics centers, etc.), the Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries related to the synthesis of molecules, sensors and biosensors and new advanced materials, laboratories for the analysis of materials, centers for biomedical, agri-food, environmental and energy applications, etc.
In this Doctorate, prestigious groups from the Departments of Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Applied Physics from the Universities of Valencia (UVEG), Alicante (UA), Jaume I (UJI), La Laguna (LL) and Castilla participate. La Mancha (CLM), which gives it a multidisciplinary character and the critical size it needs to be a benchmark at a national level in this strategic area. For the most part, these groups are integrated into university research institutes and structures. Thus, in the UVEG these groups develop their research in the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol), while in the UCLM they do it in the Institute of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials (INAMol).
The main lines of research associated with the doctoral program are the following:
- Supramolecular chemistry, molecular recognition and molecular self-assembly in Nanoscience.
- Crystal Engineering and design of Molecular Materials.
- Molecular electronics
- Molecular Nanomagnetism.
- Applications of Molecular Nanoscience.
In section 6.1 on lines and research equipment these lines are described in greater detail. As we can see, the lines cover the different facets of the Molecular Nanoscience: From the chemical design and the synthesis of functional molecules and materials based on these molecules, to the manufacture of molecular nanostructures, the study and theoretical modeling of their properties at the nanoscale and the development of electronic, chemical and biological applications thereof.
The quality of the research of the participating universities in the Doctorate is reflected in the results that the different research groups involved have obtained in the last three years: more than 1000 publications in international journals, 15 invention patents, more than 100 research projects financed by MINECO, the Autonomous Communities and the European Union, among other institutions, more than 15 research contracts with private companies and public institutions (Kimberly-Clark, Neuropharma, Osram, Philips, etc.) and more than 100 Doctoral Theses read .
Sufficient student demand is guaranteed by:
- the excellence of the participating research groups, which have a strong tradition in the training of PhD students, and
- the current importance of the field: nanotechnology has established itself as a strategic area of research in the world, European and national, both from the point of view of research as the technological applications.
In the last three years, the number of students enrolled has been increasing: 32 in the 2009/2010 academic year, 35 in the 2010/2011 academic year and 43 in the 2011/2012 academic year.
Relationship of the proposal with the ID i situation in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
The researchers participating in this PhD are at the forefront of Molecular Nanoscience both nationally and internationally. Thus, at national level four of the five participating universities in this Doctorate participate in three research projects of excellence of the "Consolider-Ingenio 2010" Program: One general on Molecular Nanoscience (NANOMOL Project, coordinated by UVEG (E. Coronado) and which has the participation of the UA), another on the applications of Molecular Nanoscience in the energy sector (Project HOPE, coordinated by the UJI (J. Bisquert) and which has the participation of the UCLM) and a third on the biomedical applications of Supramolecular Chemistry (coordinated by the UVEG (E. García Spain)).
On the other hand, the membership of the University of Valencia, coordinator of the doctoral program, a network of European excellence in Materials and Molecular Magnetism ("Molecular Approach to Nanomagnets and Multifunctional Materials" MAGMANET) and which also holds the scientific direction of the Institute European in Molecular Magnetism (E. Coronado), makes this National Doctorate can serve as the seed of an International Doctorate. In fact, one of the priority objectives of this European research institute is the implementation of an International Doctorate in Molecular Nanoscience, with the capacity to attract non-EU students through the Erasmus-Mundus program.
Integration of the Doctoral Program in a Doctoral School
As we have just indicated, this program aims to become the seed of an International Doctorate in Molecular Nanoscience in the coming years. In the medium term, this Program aims to be the nucleus on which an International School in Molecular Nanoscience is grouped, bringing together the different European doctorates that currently exist in this area, thus creating an international scientific community where new generations can be trained and collaborated of scientists who investigate these strategic issues from a molecular perspective.
In the short term we must point out that this doctoral program is part of the research offer of the Campus of Excellence VLC / Campus. This initiative has initiated the process of creating a joint International School in which the master's and doctorate's training offer of international excellence will be coordinated and managed: masters that enjoy Erasmus Mundus recognition, interuniversity and international and PhDs with a Quality Award, and which are closely related to the areas of specialization of VLC / CAMPUS, that is, with Health, Information / Communication and Sustainability. The degrees taught in said School are characterized by a research and professional orientation; the training offer proposes to develop a strong interrelation of training, research and innovation, contributing to the establishment of a virtuous circle among these three elements, following the principles established in the campus model; the teaching-learning processes will be supported by the appropriate resources and technological equipment and the services of the Resource Centers for Learning and Research of VLC / CAMPUS; on the other hand, and in accordance with its international character, within the framework of the School, communication in the English language and the development of multilingual and intercultural competences will be of particular importance.
Students with full-time and part-time dedication
Between the universities of the agreement will reserve 5% of the places for students to part-time in any of the universities. If there are no students in this category, they will be used as full-time positions.
- CB11 - Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
- CB12 - Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial research or creation process.
- CB13 - Ability to contribute to the expansion of knowledge frontiers through original research.
- CB14 - Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
- CB15 - Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in their international scientific community.
- CB16 - Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, the scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a society based on knowledge.
Personal abilities and skills
- CA01 - Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
- CA02 - Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
- CA03 - Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
- CA04 - Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
- CA05 - Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgments with limited information.
- CA06 - The intellectual criticism and defense of solutions.
The body that will carry out the process of admission of students will be the CAD.
The aspects and merits to be assessed will be:
a) The qualifications obtained by the candidate in the degree and master's degree he has completed (60%)
b) The results derived from the master thesis (publications and communications to congresses) (25%)
c) Knowledge of English (10%)
d) Other merits of the CV of the candidate related to the research training (5%)
The doctoral program, and in accordance with the existing regulations in the participating Universities, contemplates the completion of part-time doctoral studies. The admission criteria and procedures for students who opt for this type of study will be exactly the same as those of full-time students. Students may change from part-time to full-time or vice versa, upon request and approval by the Academic Committee of the Doctorate.
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS:
With regard to admission systems and procedures adapted to students with special educational needs, participating universities have units for the integration of these students. For example, the University of Valencia has the Unitat per a la Integració de Persones amb Discapacitat (UPD), which ensures respect for the principle of equal opportunities and non-discrimination and provides support to students with special educational needs. derived from a disability condition. The "Services Charter" of this unit (http://upd.uv.es/index.php/cartaservicio.html), informs of the quality commitments and rights and duties of the users.