Doctorado en ciencias con mención en química


natural Sciences


Chemical Sciences

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaìso

Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso

  • City: Valparaìso,
  • Commune: Valparaìso,
  • Region: Valparaìso Region

• The Doctorate of Science Program with a major in Chemistry at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso is an academic-oriented scientific / experimental postgraduate program in the area of Chemistry.
Its objective is the training of graduates at a higher scientific level in Chemistry, trained to develop research autonomously on subjects of the Discipline.

Applicant Profile

• Graduates or Magister in Chemistry or related sciences. The affinity required will be determined by the Director of the Program in conjunction with the Academic Committee who will evaluate the antecedents presented by the applicants.

Graduate profile

The Doctor of Science with a major in Chemistry from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso is a graduate with solid knowledge in the discipline that enables him to cultivate and project this area of science, through fundamental and applied scientific research, with respect for people and the environment. The cultivation and projection of chemical science will do so from an innovative perspective, with autonomy and leadership.

Lines of investigation

1) Environmental Chemistry: It is the area of science that studies the chemical processes that take place in the environment, as well as its conservation. Specifically, it studies the impact of pollutants on the environment, their transformation and transfer processes that they suffer in the different environmental compartments. In addition, it proposes and develops strategies to control the emission of pollutants to minimize their effect on the environment.
- Specific Sub-areas of Research:
• Development of analytical methods for the determination of the total concentration and speciation of metals and metalloids with toxicological interest in environmental and biological matrices.
• Study of the transport, transfer and transformation of metals and metalloids in different environmental compartments such as soils, water, sediments and in biological systems.
• Development of chemical remediation strategies for the control and treatment of emissions of pollutants of anthropogenic origin.

- Associated laboratories:
Catalysis and Environmental Adsorption.
Environmental Analytical Chemistry.

2) Chemistry of Materials: It is the area of science that develops synthesis processes for the manufacture of functional and structural materials. Likewise, it establishes the structure / properties relationship and evaluates the applications of the generated materials.
- Specific Sub-areas of Research:
• Synthesis, characterization and application of organic and inorganic materials with defined structures.
• Study of their potential applications in transducer and energy conversion devices (electronic, photovoltaic, catalytic, optoelectronic devices) and as protectors against corrosion of metals and alloys, among others.
- Associated laboratories:
 Corrosion.
 Biocorrosion.
 Inorganic Chemistry.
 Organometallic Chemistry
 Applied Organic Chemistry.
 Photophysics and Molecular Spectroscopy.
 Electrochemistry.

3) Biological Chemistry: It is the area of science that studies, synthesizes, manipulates or applies molecules of interest in biological systems. For this, conceptual or methodological approaches from chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology are used. Its scope of action applies to different areas of knowledge related to biological systems. In this sense, the Biological Chemistry area uses methodologies for the extraction, characterization, detection and studies of the interaction of molecules based on a biological problem.
- Specific Sub-areas of Research:
• Study of the role of molecules in the differentiation and development of an organism
• Cellular and molecular physiology
• Extraction, detection, characterization and synthesis of molecules of biological interest
• Evaluation of the interaction of molecules based on a biological problem
• Application of biologically relevant molecules to solve health and industry problems
• Physiology and Biochemistry of the renal system
• Biochemical and pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for the establishment and development of arterial hypertension and kidney injury
• Exploration of changes in epithelial permeability, neurochemical code and neuronal morphology of the intestine
• Molecular and cellular mechanisms in the development of insects

- Associated laboratories:
 Biological Chemistry.
 Organic Chemistry and Photochemistry.
 Chemical Ecology.
 Systems Biochemistry.