The PhD in Materials Science has been taught at the University of Alicante under different formats and with different contents from the early 80s. The aim of its promoters was to design a programme in which different Departments with an interest in materials research could participate and become involved. At present, the programme is coordinated by the University Institute for Materials Research, and participated by the following departments: Applied Physics,Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Bromatology. The aforementioned departments participate in the PhD programmes by means of the following research groups:
Scientific research in the area of Materials Science and Technology that is carried out at the University of Alicante (UA) has developed noticeably in the last years. There are many groups whose research actively focuses on this area, tackling both fundamental and applied issues, and in many cases, in collaboration with national and foreign industries. The following facts that show some links with the UA must be mentioned, through members of the Institute for Materials Research, with Spanish enterprises which are representative of research in Materials Science and Technology. The University of Alicante's Institute for Materials Research collaborates closely with Spanish entities working in the field of Materials Science and Technology in different ways:
- Through a Unit that is managed by UA's Department of Applied Physics and the Institute for Materials Research of Madrid, working in association with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The first UA-CSIC agreement for the creation of this Associate Unit was signed in 1996, and it has been renewed yearly ever since.
- Through a framework agreement between the University of Alicante and multinational company Alcoa to manufacture metal matrix compounds. One of Alcoa's Spanish factories is located in Alicante, and so is its Research Centre. The company recently participated in a ERDF project granted to the University of Alicante.
On the other hand, it should be highlighted that a large part of the industrial activity in the province of Alicante and its surroundings is related to different aspects of Materials Science and Technology: raw materials, materials extraction, processing, and fabrication of end products. Many lecturers and professors of in UA's PhD programme develop projects of industrial profile and in order to carry them out have access to two pilot plants at the UA.
UA's Doctoral Programme in Materials Science is supported both by the intense research activity in the area of Materials Science and Technology that is carried out in its Faculty of Sciences and Institute for Materials Research, and by the industrial activities related to materials that are conducted at the Region of Valencia, and more specifically in the province of Alicante.
The general objectives of the programme are as follows:
To provide post-graduate training covering both basic and applied aspects of Materials Science.
To train PhD students who may later on develop their profesional activity in the industry, research or academic sector.
To promote interaction with other Universities and Research Centers which are active in the materials area.
To consolidate and promote research on Materials Science and Technology.
Since 2010, this Doctoral Programme is regulated by Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October. This programme supersedes the former Doctoral Programme in Materials Science-1998, R.D. 778/1998, which possesses a Quality Award.
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