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Máster Universitario en Química Sostenible


The Master's Degree in Green Chemistryaims to ensure that students acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to develop and carry out new chemical processes that are efficient and economically viable in an environmentally friendly manner. Students will learn strategies to minimise the consumption of energy and raw materials and also to reduce the risks associated with the production, handling and use of chemicals.

This master's degree is a national benchmark in the fields of Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis processes and has been designed taking into account the sustainability applied in the scientific-technological fields. It is worth mentioning the teaching staff for this master, lecturers not only from the UPV, but also from the Higher Council of Scientific Research and other Spanish universities (UCM, UEx, UJI, UVEG, UCo, UZar and UCLM). The Institute of Chemical Technology (UPV-CSIC), a world leader in catalysis, actively participates in the master's and allows enrolled students to carry out the FMD in its facilities.

Inter-university Master's. The University Master's in Green Chemistry has an inter-university nature and the participating universities are: Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Universitat de València (UVEG) and the Universidad de Extremadura (UEx).

Type of teaching: In person. From October to June


1. Learning the principles of sustainable chemistry and their practical implementation in industrial chemical processes.

2. Knowing the tools and scope of work of sustainable chemistry, including the following:

    • Use of renewable materials

    • Atomic economy

    • Use of cleaner solvents (solvents under supercritical conditions, water chemistry, reactions without solvent, etc.)

    • Alternative reaction conditions (microwave, electrochemistry, sonochemistry, mechanochemistry)

    • Catalysis: homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, acid-base catalysts, red-ox catalysts, imprinting of solid catalysts, 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. Recognising toxicity/hazard as a physical/structural property that can be designed and manipulated.

4. Knowing and adequately valuing examples of industrial processes where the principles of sustainable chemistry are fulfilled.

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.

Upon completion of the master's degree, the student must have an advanced knowledge of the general concepts outlined above, as well as of the main techniques and methodologies involved therein.

Structure of the master's degree

Teaching is developed with a mixed system of in person lectures and experimental work. Lectures are held between October and June and subjects are taught throughout the course (lessons run from 17:30 to 19:30 h) and with subjects taught in two intensive three-week teaching periods (in January and May) each with morning and afternoon lessons in the common venues of the programme (Castellón in January and Valencia in May). Students must take 42 credits between the following subjects:

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

    • Applied Kinetics (3 credits)

    • Catalytic Processes (3 credits)

    • Synthesis of catalysts (3 credits)

    • Characterisation of Solid Catalysts (3 credits)

    • Fine Chemicals (3 credits)

    • Elimination of Contaminant Agents (3 credits)

    • Design of Catalytic Reactors and Laboratory Analytical Techniques (3 credits)

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

    • Application of Molecular Topology to Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry (4.5 credits)

    • Molecules and Photoactive Nanoparticles Fundamentals and Applications (4.5 credits)

    • Fundamentals of Organic Photochemistry (3 credits)

    • Advanced Chemistry Techniques (6 credits)

Intensive period subjects (3 weeks in January) taught at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (UJI):

    • Basic Concepts of Sustainable Chemistry (3 credits)

    • Industrial Applications of Sustainable Chemistry (3 credits)

    • Homogeneous Catalysis (3 credits)

    • Photochemistry and Environmental Electrochemistry (3 credits)

    • Biocatalysis (3 credits)

    • Benign Solvents (3 credits)

    • Immobilised Catalysis (3 credits)

Intensive period subjects (3 weeks in January) taught at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV):

    • Renewable Raw Materials (3 credits)

    • Sustainable Energies (3 credits). If selected, it is recommended to also take Renewable Raw Materials.

    • Industrial biotransformation (3 credits). If selected, it is recommended to also take Biocatalysis and Immobilised Catalysis.

    • Reactions Activated by Non-Conventional Means (3 credits)

    • Supercritical Fluids. Applications (3 credits). If selected, it is recommended to also take Benign Solvents.

    • Heterogeneous Catalysis (3 credits)

Note. Students must take at least 18 credits of the common subjects, that is, the subjects taught in the different common venues, to acquire the competences of the degree.

Final Master's Dissertation (FMD). The Final Master's Dissertation (18 credits) will preferably be a research assignment and may be carried out at the premises of the Institute of Chemical Technology under the supervision of one of its members. The content will be experimental and will represent the practical part of the master's.

Who is it for?

    • Graduates in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering and other related degrees.

    • Other qualifications with an average level of chemistry knowledge.

    • Chemistry or related fields professionals (researchers and active senior experts active in institutions or companies).

Focus. The master's is focused on research.

Career opportunities. The master's provides the student with the necessary resources to join the industry in those activities in which knowledge of the properties and applications of sustainable chemistry are necessary, such as:

    • Petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical industry

    • Environment and food sector industries

    • Other related industries

    • Consultancy

    • Research

    • University teaching

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

Admission criteria

    • Abovementioned qualifications

    • CV

    • Suitability of the profile

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

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