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Sustainable Energy and TechnologiesCoordinator of the programme: Prof. Andrea Gasparella

The Ph.D. programme is focused on the study of the sustainability in the energy production and use and in the technology development, design and applications.

The research topics involve activities in the areas of: renewable energy sources, building physics, energy efficiency in transformation and in industrial, transports, civil and agriculture end uses, environmental design, mechanical design and manufacturing, green mechatronics, new materials development, logistics and processes management for sustainability.

The Ph.D. programme involves several scientific fields (mathematics, technology of architecture, technical physics, manufacturing technologies and processes, industrial mechanical plants, mechanics of machines, management and engineering, mechanical agricolture) to give to Ph.D. students a multidisciplinary stimulating environment in which to develop highly- specialised research skills.

The Ph.D. programme lasts three years and its official language is English.

An international work placement is mandatory for a maximum period of one year. More information are available on the right side of this homepage.

Ph.D. objectives

The formalized study part of the Ph.D. programme aims at achieving a scientific training at the highest international level. Ph.D. students have to acquire all necessary competences needed to solve complex research problems of basic or applied character and to gather technical skills.

Within the Ph.D. programme and the related research work, students will:

  • obtain full insight into the state-of-the-art of a specific scientific problem;
  • contribute to research with innovative ideas within their respective scientific communities;
  • acquire the ability to plan innovative research projects;
  • learn and properly manage the scientific techniques necessary to solve relevant research questions;
  • be educated and work in international and interdisciplinary teams;
  • publish the results of their research in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • present and discuss their research findings during international conferences and workshops.

Within the Ph.D. programme, students will acquire the following competences:

  • highly developed know-how in problem-solving: ability to tackle complex problems with original proposals, ability to advance the international state-of-the-art with a deep knowledge of the scientific literature and to design novel ad-hoc tools;
  • expertise in scientific communication: ability to communicate their projects and results in the scientific communities and to the public, competence in writing scientific papers, in presenting oral lectures and in answering technical and scientific questions from reviewers and conference auditoriums;
  • organization skills: ability to organize their own research activities in an autonomous way, ability to manage their own laboratory and field works and to coordinate the scientific activities of B.Sc. and M.Sc. students who are affiliated with their Ph.D. work.

Partner Universities and Institutions

List of foreign Partner Universities and Research Institutions where the Ph.D. student may, under specific research programs, spend her/his research period abroad: 

  • KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and the Building Environment, Division of Building Technology and School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Division f Chemical Technology (Sweden)
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Chair of Building Physics (Switzerland)
  • Swiss Federal Laboratory of Building Sicence and Technology (EMPA), (Switzerland)
  • University of Western Australia, School of Mechanical and Chemical Egineering (Perth, Australia)
  • Strathclyde University of Glasgow, Energy System Research Group (Glasgow, Scotland)


National Partner Research Institutions, that under specific research programmes, may host part of the activity of the Ph.D. student:




  • The European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (Eurac)
  • Fraunhofer Italia of Bozen/Bolzano



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