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PhD in Physical Sciences and Engineering of Industrial Innovation from Guglielmo Marconi University

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The goal of this PhD course from Guglielmo Marconi University consists in preparing highly qualified experts which will be able, to manage the development of process and product innovation in various industrial sectors in order to make firms and organizations more competitive in the national and international markets.


Having both specialized technical skills and management operative capacities of innovation development, the graduates will be ready to work as Innovation Manager in small and medium firms, as well as inside R&D, Planning and Production departments of large scale companies. They will be also able to take an active part in high level researches in research institutions.


Thus, after being graduated the PhDs will find job in Universities, public or private Research Centers, mechanical or electromechanical industries, energy production and conversion companies, plant design firms, automation and robotics industries, manufacturing firms in general and IT-companies.
In the event the results of the researches led during the PhD course allow to develop highly innovative original products or processes, the PhDs will take part in the creation of new high tech companies and of academic spin-offs.


Prof. Paolo Citti, Professor of mechanical design and machine building at Marconi University.


The educational and research content of this PhD course concerns high-quality innovation and includes the following strategic subject matters:
  • Assisted Design
  • Industrial automation
  • New technologies
  • Mechatronics
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Reverse engineering and rapid prototyping
  • Product and process development techniques
  • Economic aspects of innovation
  • Psychosocial aspects of innovation and design creativity
  • Innovative materials
  • Integrated design techniques (the design for)
  • Process analysis and optimization
  • Calculation algorithms for energetic certification of buildings
  • Renewable energy systems and their application
  • Efficient energy use in industrial, tertiary and residential sectors
  • Absorption machines
  • Thermodynamic analysis of advanced energy conversion systems
  • Analysis of sub-systems and of cogeneration plants management Strategies
  • Heat transfer
  • Applied thermo-fluid dynamics
  • Fluid dynamics of thermal machines
  • Environmental impact of energetic systems
  • Models of pollutant dispersion in the atmosphere
  • Monitoring of energetic-environmental criteria of energy conversion systems
  • Environmental and energetic planning
  • Study of building thermophysics, environmental control methods and thermophysical properties of materials
  • Study of illuminating engineering and acoustic problems in confined and non-confined spaces
  • Research and development of new methods of thermohygrometric conditioning of confined spaces
  • Development of methods of building and construction energy certification
  • Development of new technologies of energy management, production, conversion and transport with particular reference to the environmental protection
  • Research and optimization of energy production processes through mass and energy balances and life cycle analysis (LCA)
  • Planning and optimisation of heat and energy production systems for civil and industrial use from renewable sources in general
  • Numerical modelling of thermodynamic analysis, of heat exchange and of fluid dynamic of machines, energy systems and their elements
  • Optimization of traditional and innovative energy conversion systems with particular reference to both large- and micro-scale integrated systems from the distributed generation perspective
  • Research and development of innovative combustion technologies, energy conversion and treatment of effluents and relative creation of pilot plants
  • Planning and realisation of demo components and plants on a small scale for the energy conversion of renewable sources
  • Simulation thermo-chemical-fluid dynamics of machine, systems and their elements with commercial calculation codes and the realization of specific calculation codes and sub-routines of simulation support
  • behavior and performance simulation and experimental test on a testbench
  • energy balance, in which energy consumption, appraisal requirement and energy demand and polluting emissions balance will be analysed
  • Research and development to establish standard procedure guidelines for life cycle analysis (evaluation of the environmental impacts during the life cycle of building services) and life cycle costs (appraisal of the life cycle costs), with the aim of converging methods and measuring systems at the European level
  • Research and development to detect and /or define techniques, materials and procedures for the realization, management and cessation of buildings and /or eco-compatible settlements with high energy efficiency
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and evaluation of the economicaloccupational re-entry
  • Development of a system of performance indicators of life costs cycle in order to facilitate the comparison of performances in Europe and use these indicators to evaluate the sustainability of construction in Europe
  • Development of methodologies and criteria to integrate, connect and interface the diverse abovementioned aspects
  • Planning, evaluation and management of computer systems and networks.
  • New generation computer structures
  • Cloud and distributed systems
  • Software engineering
  • Safety guarantee
  • Data and knowledge bases
  • Distributed data bases
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Simulation methods and languages
  • Wireless telecommunication systems and new generation networks.
  • Satellite systems
  • Applications to experimental and theoretical physics.
  • Applications to mathematics
  • Applications to transportation systems
  • Application to traditional and online universities systems
  • Application to advanced traction systems and systems of land, air and satellite traffic control
  • Application to energy production, conversion and distribution systems
  • Application to industrial production systems and to administrative, economic, banking, health, environmental and social systems


In order to be admitted into a PhD program, applicants must possess a master’s degree along with a research proposal, which is the minimum requirement for the program.


3 Years

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