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Master's Degree in Green Chemistry Vera (València) Campus, Universitat Politècnica de València

Master's Degree in Green Chemistry

60 credits

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The Master's Degree in Green Chemistryaims to enable students to develop new chemical processes that are efficient and economically viable, and that are carried out in an environmentally friendly manner. This will facilitate minimizing the consumption of energy and raw materials and reducing the risks associated with the production, handling and use of chemicals necessary for our current way of life.

This master's degree is a national benchmark in the fields of Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis processes . One of the most important catalyst research institutes in Europe, the Institute of Chemical Technology (UPV-CSIC) .actively participates in this master's degree and allows students to do the Final Master's Dissertation in its facilities, under the supervision of one of its researchers.

Inter-university Master's Degree. . The Master's Degree in Sustainable Chemistry is an interuniversity master's degree, in which the following universities take part: the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), the Universitat Jaume I de Castelló (UJI) and the Universidad de Extremadura (UEx).

Type of teaching: campus-based


1. Understanding the principles of sustainable chemistry and applying them to industrial chemical processes

2.Knowing the tools and areas of work of sustainable chemistry, which include the following:

  • Use of renewable materials
  • Atomic economy
  • Use of cleaner solvents (solvents in supercritical conditions, water chemistry, reactions without solvent, etc.)
  • Alternative reaction conditions (microwave, electrochemistry, sonochemistry, mechanochemistry)
  • Catalysis: homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, acid-base catalysts, redox catalysts, solid catalyst printers, enantioselective catalysis...
  • Biocatalysis: processes catalysed by enzymes or whole cells, use of genetically modified organisms, etc.
  • Photochemistry and photocatalysis
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Waste recovery

3. Recognizing toxicity/danger as a physical/structural property that can be designed and manipulated.

4. Knowing and assessing examples of industrial processes in which the principles of sustainable chemistry are met.

5. Becoming acquainted with the current green chemistry trends in order to perform a critical analysis on the degree of compliance of the assumptions of sustainable chemistry in an industrial process.

When completing the studies of the Master's Programme, students must possess advanced knowledge of the general concepts mentioned above, as well as the main techniques and methodologies involved.


Teaching is carried out with a mixed system of in-campus lectures and experimental work. Lectures will take place between October and June with subjects taught throughout the academic year (lectures from 5.30 h to 19.30 h) and with two other intensive teaching periods (in November and in January) with a duration of three weeks each with morning and evening lecturers in the programme's common venues (Castelló in November and València in January). Students must enrol in 42 credits between the following subjects:

Standard period subjects taught at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV):

  • Applied Kinetics (3 credits) (UPV)
  • Catalytic Processes (3 credits) (UPV)
  • Synthesis of catalysts (3 credits) (UPV)
  • Characterisation of Solid Catalysts (3 credits) (UPV)
  • Fine Chemicals (3 credits) (UPV)
  • Elimination of Contaminant Agents (3 credits) (UPV)
  • Design of Catalytic Reactors and Laboratory Analytical Techniques (3 credits) (UPV)
  • Photoactive Molecules And Nanoparticles: Fundamentals And Applications (3 credits) (UPV)

Intensive 3-week period in November, taught at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (UJI):

  • Basic Concepts of Sustainable Chemistry (3 credits) (UJI)
  • Sustainable Chemistry in Industry(3 credits) (UJI)
  • Homogeneous Catalysis (3 credits) (UJI)
  • Electrochemistry and Photochemistry (3 credits) (UJI)
  • Biocatalysis (3 credits) (UJI)
  • Benign Solvents (3 credits) (UJI)
  • Immobilised Catalysis (3 credits) (UJI)

Intensive 3-week period in January, taught at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV):

  • Renewable Raw Materials (3 credits) (UPV)
  • Sustainable Energies (3 credits) (UPV). If this subject is chosen, it is recommended that Renewable Raw Materials is also chosen.
  • Industrial biotransformation (3 credits)) (UPV). If this subject is chosen, it is recommended that Biocatalization and Immobilized Catalysis is also chosen.
  • Activated Reactions for Non-Conventional Media (3 credits) (UPV)
  • Supercritical Fluids. Applications (3 credits) (UPV). If this subject is chosen, it is recommended that Benign Solvents is also chosen.
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis (3 credits) (UPV)

Note. Students must take at least 24 credits of the common subjects, that is, of the subjects taught in the different universities, to acquire the competencies of the master's degree.

Master's thesis. Preferably, the master's thesis (18 credits) must be a research-based thesis, and can be carried out at the facilities of the Institute of Chemical Technology, under the supervision of one of its members. The content of the work must be experimental, as it corresponds to the practical part of the master's degree.


  • o Graduates in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering or other related qualifications.
  • o Other degrees with an average level of knowledge of chemistry.
  • o Chemistry or related fields professionals (researchers and senior experts active in institutions or companies).

Focus. The master's degree is focused on research.

Career opportunities. The master's degree provides the student with the necessary resources to be able to join the sector in multiple activities in which knowledge of the properties and applications of sustainable chemistry is necessary, such as the following:

  • o Petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical industry
  • Environment and food sector industries
  • Other related industries
  • Consultancy
  • Research
  • University teaching

Further training. This master's degree gives its holders access to the doctoral programme in Sustainable Chemistry of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV).


  • Degrees mentioned above
  • CV
  • Suitability of the profile


The entity responsible for the degree at the Universitat Politècnica de València is the Chemical Technology University Institute (UPV-CSIC).

For additional information. Please contact the academic director of the master's: Eduardo Palomares

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