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Rama de Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas

Interuniversity Ph.D. Program in Sustainable Chemistry.

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Academic Commission
Antonio de la Hoz Ayuso
Email: Antonio.Hoz@uclm.es
Phone number : 967 59 92 00, ext. 3463
General Information
The impact of chemistry on the daily life of citizens is extraordinary. For decades, chemical processes have been carried out without considering their impact on the Environment and Health. According to the American Chemical Society's code of conduct: "Chemical professionals should strive to do their work in ways that are safe and sustainable for the environment. This includes continuing to work to develop sustainable products and processes that protect the health, safety, and prosperity of future generations”.

To assume this responsibility, the inter-university PhD in Sustainable Chemistry has been implemented, which involves training students in the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances (in accordance with the principles of sustainable chemistry). 

The PhD program in Sustainable Chemistry is an inter-university program, coordinated by the Universitat Jaume I.

The annual enrolement cost depends on the aplicable fees, aprobed by the Regional Government in Castilla-La Mancha. Click here to know the corresponding to the current academic year.
Research lines
 General research lines:

  • Sustainable chemistry and supramolecular chemistry.

  • Environmental risks and atmospheric pollution.

  • Molecules, macromolecules and photoactive nanoparticles: synthesis, optical properties and applications.

  • Selective solid catalysts (redox and acid-base) for sustainable chemical pollutant removal processes.

  • Mixed metal oxides as catalysts for partial oxidation of hydrocarbons Catalytic conversion of syn-gas (CO/H2).

  • Synthesis and characterization of advanced porous catalysts.

  • Fine chemistry.

  • Sustainable chemical methodologies.

  • Applications of microwave radiation and heterogeneous acid catalysis in solvent-free reactions. 

  • Applications of molecular topology to sustainable and environmental chemistry.

Thematical research lines at UCLM:

  • Organic synthesis under non-classical, environmentally benign conditions. 

  • Study of thermal and non-thermal microwave effects.

  • Computational calculations of microwave-assisted reactions.

  • Applications of sustainable methodologies in materials chemistry, donor-acceptor systems and carbon nanotube chemistry.

  • Synthesis of heterocyclic compounds with application in supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering. 

  • Functionalization of carbon nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes and nanohorns

  • Preparation of new nanostructures as non-viral gene transfection systems. 

  • Preparation of graphene derivatives and their application in medicinal chemistry and materials chemistry. 

  • Design of new microwave systems adapted to chemical synthesis .

  • Applications of microwave radiation in continuous flow systems.

  • Coupling of microwave systems with NMR for in-situ detection. Design of microcoils and microreactors.

Professors from the participant universities of the PhD Program: Universidad Jaume I, Universidad de Valencia, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia-CSIC, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Universidad de Extremadura.

Professors at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha:

Professors of the Microwaves in organic synthesis and green chemistry (MSOC) Group:

Professors of the MSOC-Nanochemistry Group: 

Complementary training activities

The International Doctoral School (EID-UCLM) organizes cross-disciplinary training courses with the aim of offering the doctorate students’ complementary training activities to his or her activity as a researcher. The offered activities can be taught through their doctoral studies. To check for more information:

Access and admision
The minimum legal requirements for admission to any of the doctoral programs are those specified in the section "Access for new doctoral students" in this link.
Specific procedures of the PhD program
All procedures will be carried out at the International Doctoral School, except: 

  •  Enrollment and request for certifications and degrees: Student Management Unit of the doctoral student's Campus. 

  • Application for admission and thesis deposit: Secretary of the Department to which the student's tutor belongs.


To have a basic regulation so that the doctoral students of the Doctoral Program in Chemistry who wish to do so can do their Thesis by compendium of articles (article 13.2 of the Regulations of the Doctoral Studies), and so be considered, the requirements will be the following: 

  • The document must have at least three articles published or accepted in journals that are in the first two quartiles of the JCR. 

  • No more than five years must have elapsed between the publication of the first and the last article and at least one published with the student already enrolled in the corresponding PhD program. 

  • The Director/Directors of the thesis must be co-authors in at least the last of the published papers. 

  • The articles can only be used for a single thesis and therefore this will be stated by the rest of the non-doctoral co-authors in a letter of "renunciation" to use such articles to prepare other theses, which must be attached to the sections that comprise the Doctoral Thesis. 

  • The position occupied by the doctoral student among the signatories of the articles must be among the first three signatories. 

  • The thesis must have at least the following sections

  1. Abstract/Summary.

  2. Introduction (section in which the problems studied in the student's work are presented in a general way).

  3. Justification.

  4. Hypothesis and Objectives.

  5. Work plan or methodology.

  6. Results (this section will be composed of the three published articles as they have been published in the respective journals, and may also include others in the format of a scientific article in the process of revision or writing).

  7. General discussion.

  8. Conclusions/Conclusions.

  9. Bibliography.

Will be determined by the coordinator university.



Adequacy of the Offer

Percentage of newly enrolled students as a percentage of places offered.

Percentage of Ph.D. students from other Spanish universities.

Number of applications for admission to the PhD Program.

Number of newly enrolled PhD students.

Total number of doctoral students enrolled.

Satisfaction degree of the different collectives involved in the Phd Program.

Satisfaction Degree of the PhD enrolled students.

Satisfaction Degree of the Professors/Researchers.

Satisfaction Degree of the external collaborating institutions.

Satisfaction Degree of the Administration and Services Staff (PAS).

Satisfaction Degree of the PhD students participating in mobility programs.

Degree of satisfaction of graduates.

Degree of Internationalization.

Percentage of PhD students from foreign universities.

No. of international collaboration agreements signed.

No. of joint scientific contributions made with foreign researchers.

No. of foreign experts which participate in the PhD Program or in theses evaluations.

Percentage of theses with international mention and/or co-supervision over theses read.


No. of professors who participate in mobility programs.

Participation rate of doctoral students in mobility programs.


Percentage of professors with active six-year periods or equivalent.

Evaluation of the scientific activity and its results.

Abandonment rate.

Rate of theses read in three years, for full-time students.

Rate of theses read in three years, for full-time students.

Rate of theses read in five years, for part-time students.

Number of scientific contributions made by doctoral students in their theses.

No. of extraordinary doctorate awards received by program PhD.

No. Of theses read by academic year.

Percentage of theses qualified as ‘Cum Laude’.

Percentage of doctoral students who obtain grants for post-doctoral contracts.

Employability. Rate of doctoral students who obtain employment appropriate to their training during the 3 years following the defense of the thesis.