The research lines developed within the Chemistry Curriculum of the PhD programme in Chemical, Geological and Environmental Sciences are expression of commitment of the community of chemists at Milano – Bicocca towards interdisciplinary themes. In such context, most of the themes below reported regard the chemistry of bioactive compounds, as well as environmental and materials chemistry issues. This reflects the tradition of chemical research at the University of Milano – Bicocca, which has been developing along such lines in the twenty-year history of the Institute.
Active research lines are the following:
The aim of the curriculum in geological sciences is to develop the doctoral student's ability in the analysis of geologic processes through the application of quantitative approaches based on advanced strategies of data collection, analytical techniques and modeling. Fundamental and applied research programs are generally carried out in collaboration with other universities and research institutes.
Research topics encompass the main fields of Earth sciences:
Research activities include:
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The specific objective of the curriculum in terrestrial and marine environmental sciences is to promote the development of the doctoral student's ability to work in multidisciplinary groups, possibly at international level, and to interact with competences related to different fields, including topics more strictly related to management, such as legal-economic aspects.
The research activities, which have sustainability as a characterizing aspect, are developed along three main lines: 1) knowledge of the environment in its components and in their interactions and integrations; 2) assessment and prevention of risks for humans and the environment, deriving from the human activities, 3) development of innovative methodologies and technologies for the restoration and conservation of the environment and the territory and for the protection of the biodiversity.
The research activities relating to the three main lines are as follows:
Analysis and characterization of the terrestrial and marine environment
Analysis and monitoring of the environment and the territory using Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote sensing. Analysis and characterization of soils and vegetation. Hydrogeological, chemical and ecological analysis of groundwater and surface water. Biology, geomorphological analysis and mapping of marine habitats. Chemistry and physics of aerosols and the atmosphere. Noise pollution. Ecosystem services. Insular biogeography. Analysis of the role of the oceans in the climate system.
Assessment of impacts and risks on humans, the environment and ecosystems
Climate change and impact of climatic factors in the alteration of natural habitats and terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems. Ecotoxicology: risks deriving from exposure to contaminants at various levels of organization of the ecological scale. Chemometric approaches and development of QSAR models for the prediction of the effects of contaminants on human health and on non-target species. Study of the effects of nanoparticles, plant allergens, endocrine disruptors, atmospheric particulates and physical stresses on biological processes both in vivo and in vitro. In vitro and in silico approaches for the study of the interaction between metals (essential and non-essential) and biological models: potential effects on human health. In vitro models for the evaluation of carcinogenic potential of environmental contaminants and matrices. Study of vegetation and soil degradation due to human activities. Impacts of eutrophication, climate change and other anthropogenic stressors on surface water quality. Impact of aerosols on the atmospheric radiative balance. Acoustic impact of human activities and transport infrastructures. Impact of alien species on biodiversity. Controls by natural and anthropogenic factors on the development of marine bioconstructions. Marine biomineralization as an environmental register. Effects of physical transport processes in the ocean and turbulence on marine organisms.
Management and recovery of the environment and the territory
Hydrogeological risk management. Wastewater management, treatment and disposal. Waste disposal, treatment and recycling. Remediation of contaminated sites and ecological restoration. Sustainable management of production processes and life cycle assessment. Landscape ecological planning terrestrial and aquatic ecological networks. Analysis and conservation of biodiversity. Education for sustainable development and environmental communication.
For any information regarding curriculum research lines, contact
PhD coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
curriculum manager, email@example.com