• Structure

Research lines

The Doctoral Program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is organized in 9 lines of research grouped into 3 major thematic areas. The thematic areas together describe the different IQS research groups recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the laboratories of the IQS Bioengineering Department and the particular interests of the different professors in the program.


Chemical area 

  • Line 1: Biomedical Applications of Light. Photochemistry, Singlet Oxygen, and Antimicrobial and Antitumour Photodynamic Therapy. Faculty: Montserrat Agudo and Santi Nonell.
  • Line 2: Design, Synthesis, Production, Formulation, and Evaluation of Drugs. Faculty: Alberto Balfagón Costa, José I. Borrell Bilbao, Ana Belén Cuenca González, Roger Estrada Tejedor, and Jordi Teixidó Closa.
  • Line 3: Development and Application of Analytical Methods for Food, Drugs, and Environmental Samples. Electrochemical Sensors and Processes. Faculty: Jordi Abella Iglesias, Francisco Broto Puig, and Sergi Colominas Fuster.

Chemical Engineering area

  • Line 4: Functional Polymers and Adhesives. Faculty: Salvador Borrós Gómez.
  • Line 5: Design and Manufacture of Functional and Bioactive Surfaces. Faculty: Manuel David Abad Roldán and Carlos Colominas Guardia.
  • Line 6: Process Engineering, Flow Chemistry, and Industrial Safety. Faculty: Rosa Nomen Ribé, Julià Sempere Cebrián, and Eduard Serra Hosta.

Industrial Engineering area

  • Line 7: Industrial Products Engineering and Additive Manufacturing. Faculty: Andrés-Amador García Granada, Giovanni Gómez Gras, Pere Palacín Farré, Marco Antonio Pérez Martínez, José M. Puigoriol Forcada, and Guillermo Reyes Pozo.
  • Line 8: Biomedical Engineering for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Cardiovascular System Diseases. Faculty: Mercedes Balcells Camps, Jordi Martorell López, and José Javier Molins Vara.
  • Line 9: Ecotechnological processes for gas emission reductions, water treatment, and bioenergy production. Faculty: Jordi Díaz Ferrero, Rafael González Olmos, Félix Llovell Ferret, and Oriol Pou Ibar.

Training activities

The PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programme includes a series of activities that aim to advance the educational aspects for students in the programme. As part of the educational requirements, IQS places special importance on assisting its professors in terms of teaching, research, and management (through Teaching and Research Assistants), as well as offering them the opportunity to participate in seminars, conferences, and special courses of interest for doctoral students that are held at IQS or other institutions. The range of educational activities in which students in the PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programme can participate includes:

  1. Attending conferences
  2. Participating in teaching activities
  3. Participating in specialised conferences and courses
  4. Teaching seminars in the department
  5. Conducting research at another university

Procedure for preparing and defending student research plans

Before the end of the first year, doctoral students must prepare a detailed Research Plan that includes a background statement, the objectives to be achieved, the methodology to be used, the necessary means, and the timeline for carrying it out. This research plan, submitted in writing upon approval from the student's thesis supervisor and tutor, will be assessed by the Doctoral Programme Academic Committee during the evaluation of the doctoral student's first year. The doctoral student must submit their detailed Research Plan to the Doctoral Programme Academic Committee in a public session, followed by a round of questions from the committee's members.