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Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (IT)

logo_alma_materThe University of Bologna is recognized as the oldest university in the western world and offers a multi-campus structure which is divided into 11 Schools, 33 Departments and 5 university campus branches within the cities of Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini.

For those who navigate the portal of the University of Bologna, here is a user friendly welcome where one can find general information on the life and history of our University from its origins to the present day. For more information about the university, click here.

The Department of Industrial Chemistry has expertise in several fields related to the topics of the present application: Computational Quantum Chemistry (complementary to experimental techniques developed and offered for ASC in all partner institutions), High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Coordination and transition metal chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Polymers, Nanotechnology, Spectroscopic Characterization of Materials, Applied Electrochemistry, X-ray absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, Sustainable Organic Synthesis. Associated partners that are linked to the University of Bologna are institutions and research centres (Elettra, the Italian synchrotron radiation facility in Trieste, and CNR, the national council for research) where the master thesis can be performed. For any information about the Department of Industrial Chemistry,  click here


University of Helsinki (FI)

logo-helsinkiThe University of Helsinki has the widest range of disciplines in Finland. The number of faculties is eleven and there are 38,000 degree students and 7,400 staff. The number of degrees taken each year is 4,200, of which 350 are doctorates. The University concentrates on high-level scientific research and researcher education. Scientific research is also the basis of the teaching provided by the University.

According to the current strategy of the University of Helsinki internationalisation is one of the key areas of development. The University has adopted an “International Action Plan 2004-2006” according to which international mobility of students and staff is one of the key elements in the University’s international efforts. In addition to promotion of mobility the University also promotes “Internationalisation at Home” in order to internationalise its campuses. Active participation in European educational and research programs is a cornerstone of the implementation of the University of Helsinki internationalisation policy.

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Department of Chemistry

Main research areas are in
1) synthetic chemistry, including methods development and target structures both in the
organic and inorganic fields, and drug discovery applications; green chemistry considerations
motivate a substantial proportion of synthetic chemistry research,
2) polymer chemistry,
3) radiochemistry,
4) materials chemistry,
5) analytical chemistry, and
6) computational chemistry

The staff comprises about 200 individuals, most of whom are actively involved in research.
There are 14 professors in the Department in six laboratories, where undergraduates perform their advanced and degree studies for M.Sc., and postgraduate studies for Ph.D.

Spectroscopy expertise in the Department is present in the Laboratory of organic chemistry (high field NMR including HPLC interfaced techniques; GC/MS/MS); in the Laboratory of polymer chemistry (solid state NMR); in the Laboratory of Physical chemistry (FTIR, Raman, LIF, theoretical molecular spectroscopy); and in the Laboratory of inorganic chemistry (X-ray crystallography). At the Department of Chemistry degrees are offered and research is carried out in the fields of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and in radiochemistry, polymer chemistry and in chemistry teacher education.

The strongest areas of specialization are green chemistry, materials chemistry, computational chemistry, synthetic chemistry and chemical analysis. The amount of papers published in peer-reviewed international journals is about 200 per year. The departmental staff including teaching and research personnel, docents (assistant professors with part-time teaching responsibilities), externally funded researchers in various projects, and administrative and technical staff is about 300. There are 14 professors and several other senior level teachers.
A primary goal of the research is to educate highly qualified experts for industry and research institutes. Basic chemistry courses are given to students in the Laboratories of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. Upon completion of basic studies, students go on to specialize in either analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer or radiochemistry. According to current syllabus the first year students begin their studies with inorganic chemistry including lectures and laboratory exercises. The second year is mostly devoted to organic chemistry and the third year to physical chemistry. Language studies and minor subject studies go along these studies. During the fourth and fifth year the students specialize in one of the above mentioned areas. Courses in various fields of spectroscopy are given in medium and advanced level, several of them in English.

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Jagiellonian University – Krakow (PL)

logo-cracovieThe Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364 is the oldest university in Poland. Currently, the Jagiellonian University is one of Poland’s leading research institution. It is a member of the Utrecht Network, the Coimbra Group and the SYLFF Institution’s Network. It attracts large number of students from Poland and abroad.

The Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University includes 12 Departments. The research is curried out in 37 research group and in the Regional Laboratory of Physicochemical Analyses and Structural Research. In all the fields of research represented in the Faculty of Chemistry optical spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and X-ray and electron diffraction are used for chemical analysis, chemical dynamics and structure detetermination. The specific research activities are focused on optical spectroscopy of organic and inorganic molecules.


University Leipzig (DE)

univ-leipziglogo-leipzigThe first chemical laboratory was located in a shed of a pub of the old Pleissenburg (1804).
Kolbe, Wislicenus, Ostwald, Beckmann, Hantzsch and Helferich, internationally reknowned chemists, worked at our University.
In Leipzig, the first Institute of Physical Chemistry in Germany was founded in 1897, and was named Wilhelm Ostwald Institute in 1998.
The Graduate School « Leipzig School of Natural Sciences – Building with Molecules an Nano-objects (BuildMoNa) » focuses on interdisciplinary graduate education through top-level, synergistic research.

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Université Lille1 (FR)

UL1-PRINT-2014Lille1 University is one of France’s premier campuses. Essential figures include a student population of 20,500 plus 15,000 in the country’s biggest adult education centre. Almost 10,000 degrees are delivered each year and 4,000 training periods are undertaken.
The main areas of study cover Mathematics and computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Economics and Management, Social Sciences, and all forms of Engineering/Technologies.

The international dimension is ever present with our focus on creating an international environment. This is clearly expressed with over 3700 international students (19% of total students) on the campus with representation of 64 nationalities, 200 international staff mobility and 450 outgoing students each year. High profile interuniversity agreements exist on all five continents and networks have been developed with Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia where the creation of double diplomas or European framework of recognition has been a major tool.

Research and Environment: Lille1 has 1,400 PhD students yearly working with the 44 research laboratories on campus, two-thirds of which are supported by the State CNRS. Areas of excellence include Electronics; Engineering and Computer Science, Materials, Bio production, Optics and Chemistry. City, Space and Society are mainly handled by economists. Research at Lille1 is supported by a Regional and the National Committee (French Ministry of research and the CNRS) and also by European Research Development projects. Some laboratories develop a European strategy by creating “joint European laboratories”.

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry (UFR de Chimie) (87 Academic Staff-researchers, 62 engineers, administrative staff, technicians) develops a wide variety of activities of formation and research, part of which is at the interface with biology and physics. It consists of six CNRS quality accredited laboratories whose themes of research cover all specialities of the discipline (Catalysis, Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Solid State chemistry, Metallurgy and Materials, Combustion Processes, Infrared and Raman Spectrochemistry ); plus a group accredited by the French Ministry of National Education (Processes of Fluid -Materials Interactions) and two groups interacting with the Biology and Earth Sciences departments. Contact networks with the regional/national industry as well as numerous national and international research collaborations are developing upon our scientific community competencies.

The department of Chemistry is strongly implied in the University Lille1 new offer of formation fitting the European Bologna scheme by delivering first cycle degrees i.e. Licences in « Sciences and Technologies » (5 options :Chemistry, Physics-Chemistry, Physical sciences and Mathematics, Biochemistry, Professional Licence), and second cycle degrees i.e. Master « Sciences de la Matière » (5 specialities ) ; Master Environment ; Master Measures, Instrumentation and Processes ; Master Biology and Biotechnologies. At the doctoral level, top quality equipments are available on campus and cover the research fields of the above described groups. A wide variety of courses is proposed and designed to make our UFR a pole of attractivity for future students and researchers in chemistry.

Advanced Spectroscopy is already at work in most of the described research groups, i.e. with a “home designed” Raman microprobe and other spectrometers developed by the Dilor company; a platform of single crystal diffractometers, plus a set of powder X ray diffractometers running data from –150°C up to +1200 °C; a unique NMR facility including a 800MHz new unit monitored by a world wide known methodology developer; complex impedance spectroscopy for the characterisation of ionic conductors such as the BIMEVOX family; XPS and surface spectroscopy for catalysis materials, and all types of spectroscopic equipments necessary for routine analysis in chemistry.

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