Doctoral Program in Chemical and Environment Engineering


The Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies of the University of Zaragoza was established as such on April 3, 1987.


In the 1987-88 academic year, two Doctoral Programs began to be taught in the Department: a) Chemical Engineering and b) Environmental Engineering. These programs were taught continuously until 1997-98 when they were unified to become the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Program, which can be considered as a continuation and adaptation of both. Subsequently, as of the 1999-2000 academic year, the program was adapted to that indicated in the Royal Decree-Law 788/1998.


Since 2003-04, the collaboration with the Instituto de Carboquímica (CSIC) has been intensified, thanks to the signing of a scientific agreement and a good number of researchers from this center participate both in the courses of the teaching period and in the research work.


The Doctoral Program of Chemical and Environmental Engineering obtained the state Mention of Quality in the 2003-04 academic year, which was renewed for the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 courses.


By Official Resolution of October 6, 2011, the General Secretariat of Universities granted the Doctorate Program Mention towards Excellence, effective until the 2013-2014 academic year (MEE2011-0047).


Currently, the Doctorate in Chemical and Environmental Engineering is being studied, adapted to the EHEA according to RD 99/2011. The program includes Graduates in Chemical Engineering and Graduates in Chemistry, as well as by Graduates in Environmental Sciences and by students holding a Diploma in Industrial Technical Engineering. In addition, these graduates have usually completed masters related to Chemical, Chemical, Environmental or Materials Engineering.

 Justification of the need for the doctorate program:


This doctoral program responds to the need that both public research organizations and private companies have for personnel trained in research areas related to Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering. This includes within Aragon the University of Zaragoza and various areas of the CSIC (The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is a State Agency for scientific research and technological development, with distinct legal personality, its own patrimony and treasury, functional and managerial autonomy, full legal capacity and indefinite duration), and a large number of chemical industries or directly related to this sector (plastics, rubbers, paints, paper). It is also necessary to take into account the enormous current interest of all sectors (public and private) in the environment. The importance of research in Chemical Technology is evident if one considers that there is a specific area of ​​the State Research Agency (SCE), also being present in the pillars (challenges of society, industrial leadership and excellence) of the Horizon 2020 European program. The same applies to environmental issues, which represent a specific line within the European Union Cooperation program.


The existence of groups of recognized prestige within the University of Zaragoza and the Instituto de Carboquímica, which have lines related to energy and the environment, waste recovery, nanostructured materials, chemical processes, or water quality and treatment, is an excellent opportunity to train researchers in these areas.


This doctoral program completes the training of students who have completed Master's degrees related to Chemical Engineering, Environmental Technologies or the Development of Nanomaterials.



To be agreed with the thesis tutor / director, contacting directly by e-mail or telephone.

Administrative support:

Secretariat of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies

School of Engineering and Architecture

Río Ebro Campus, C / María de Luna, 3. 50018 Zaragoza

Academic queries:

Telephone: 976762961 - Ext .: 842961



Administrative queries:

Telephone: 976761154 - Ext .: 841154



Program website


Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program:


 Coordinator of the Doctoral Program: Dr. Alberto Gonzalo Callejo

 Secretary of the Commission: Dr. Carlos Téllez Ariso.

 Member: Dr. Rosa Mosteo Abad

 Member: Dr. Silvia Irusta Alderete

 Member (CSIC): Dr. María Jesús Lázaro Elorri


Basic Competences

The students of the program acquire the basic competences indicated in article 5 of Royal Decree 99/2011 on doctorate. They are the following:

  1. Systematic understanding of their field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
  2. Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  3. Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  4. Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  5. Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in their international scientific community.
  6. Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a society based on knowledge.

Personal Abilities and Skills

The RD 99/2011 highlights the high professional training of doctors in various fields, especially those that require creativity and innovation. Therefore, the doctors of the program will have acquired, at least, personal skills and abilities to:

  1. Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
  2. Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
  3. Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  4. Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  5. Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgements with limited information.
  6. The criticism and intellectual defence of solutions.

Other Competences, specific to the program

Información general


The requirements for access to doctorate studies are set in RD 99/2011 and can be consulted in the corresponding Instruction of the Doctorate School (pdf). In general, an official Spanish Bachelor's and Master's degrees or equivalent are required, with a minimum global extension of 300 ECTS credits.

Candidates with university degrees issued by a country of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) may request admission directly (info). If the degree is issued by a country outside the EHEA, the application for access with a non-homologated foreign degree must be submitted (info).

Those interested can expand their information in the administrative section of the Doctoral School (web) or the administration of the program (see contact data in the program general information section).


The Doctoral School will establish in the academic calendar of the year the period of application for admission in its programs. The application for admission will include a motivation letter indicating the research line(s) of interest. It may also include the proposal of a researcher for thesis director. In the resolution of admission, if this is favorable, the Academic Committee will appoint the tutor and the director of the thesis and assign the research line, or lines (up to two), of the thesis. It will also establish the type of dedication of the doctoral student (full or partial time) and, if appropriate, the training complements that must be completed. Exceptionally, the director's appointment may be postponed until three months after the date of the doctorate's enrollment in the program. The Academic Committee may declare a candidate as unsuitable for the program, based on the information contained in the candidate's motivation letter.

If the admitted applicant does not enroll in the doctoral program, the admission will expire one month after its concession date. In this case, individuals interested in starting doctoral studies must apply again for admission to the program. Open vacancies will be covered by the Academic Committee according to the corresponding waiting list.

Programs with available places will accept subsequent admission applications, until completion of the number of places offered by the program.

For all purposes, a candidate does not acquire the status of doctoral student at the University of Zaragoza until he/she formalizes his or her enrollment in the corresponding program. PhD students must register annually for academic tutelage.

Information specific to the program

Oferta de plazas: 60

In order to enroll PhD studies in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering program, it is essential that the academic commission of the program admits the doctoral candidate. For this, the student must apply to the academic commission of the program and request it within the period established annually in the academic calendar and according to the procedure established in the Official Bulletin of the State (BOA). In general, the admission to the Doctorate in Chemical and Environmental Engineering requires previous knowledge in at least some of the concepts of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies.

The admission criteria were initially established in the Title Verification Report and were modified by the Academic Committee of the Program at the meeting held on June 14, 2018, as indicated in the program Innovation Plan 2017. Thus, the commission considers that the candidate has acquired the necessary knowledge for admission to this program in the following cases:

- Students who access the program with bachelor's and master's degrees, or equivalent degrees directly related to Chemical Engineering or Environmental Technologies.

- Students who have a bachelor's or master's degree directly related to Chemical Engineering or Environmental Technologies, and the other degree (bachelor's or master's degree) in the field of experimental sciences or engineering.

- Students with degrees in experimental sciences or engineering (degree and master's degree) supported by a professor of the department (their thesis supervisor) who would elaborate a report in which he/she requests their admission and the need for that student´s profile within their research line. In any case, the Academic Committee of the Program may request additional attendance to courses for these students if deemed necessary.

- For any other profile, the Commission will study the cases one by one, being able to admit students or not and establishing additional attendance to courses if necessary.

The Doctoral Program Commission may conduct an interview with the candidates. The personal interview will take place in those cases in which the applicant's Curriculum Vitae is not sufficient to determine whether or not the background provided meets the requirements for admission to the program.

Complementos formativos

In cases where it is considered necessary, the Commission will establish up to a maximum of 12 ECTS of courses of the Degree in Chemical Engineering or the Master in Chemical Engineering of the University of Zaragoza, as a requirement for admission to the Doctoral Program.

Other aspects related to the management of the admission process can be found on the Doctorate School website ( key).

Thesis Supervision

The procedures for the supervision of doctoral students are set in article 11 of Royal Decree 99/2011, which regulates doctoral studies. The doctoral student admitted to the program has to enrol each academic year in academic tutelage at the University of Zaragoza. The Academic Committee of the program will assign a Thesis Director and a tutor, who may or may not be the same. The Thesis Director will be the person in charge of the overall management of the doctoral student's research tasks, of the coherence and adequacy of the training activities, of the impact and novelty in his/her field of the subject of the doctoral thesis and of the guide in other projects and activities where the doctoral student is involved. The tutor is responsible for the adaptation of the training and the research activity to the principles of the program and the Doctoral School and will ensure the interaction of the doctoral student with the Academic Committee of the program, the body responsible for supervising the progress of the research and training and the authorization of the thesis presentation of each doctoral student of the program.

The supervisory functions of the doctoral students will be documented in the Doctorate Letter which, once the registration is made, will be signed by the doctoral student, its tutor and its director, the program coordinator and the director of the Doctoral School. Those interested can expand the information on the thesis supervision in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.

Follow-up of the Doctoral Student

The follow-up of the training process leading to the presentation of the doctoral thesis is carried out through the research plan and the doctoral student's document of activities. The research plan is presented before the end of the first year of enrolment and includes, at least, the methodology to be used and the objectives to be achieved, as well as the means and the temporal planning to achieve it. The plan may be improved and detailed later and must be endorsed by the Director and the tutor. The document of activities is the register of all the activities -research stays, courses, attendance to congresses, or others- that the doctorate carries out from his enrolment until the presentation of the doctoral thesis. Annually, the Academic Committee of the program will evaluate the follow-up of the research plan together with the document of activities. The positive evaluation will be an essential requirement to continue in the program. In the case of a negative evaluation, the doctoral student must be evaluated again within a maximum period of six months. Those interested can expand this information in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.

Once the thesis is concluded, the doctoral student must proceed to deposit and defend it according to the dispositions included in the thesis regulation of the University of Zaragoza (info).

Transversal Training

The Doctoral School offers an annual series of voluntary activities for all doctoral students. This formation has a transversal and interdisciplinary nature. The offer is dynamic and covers the following formative aspects: communication (oral and written), access and information management, and skills for a future social and professional performance.  Information about the activities, admission and enrolment can be found in the website of the Doctoral School  (info).

Additionally, other formative activities of interest for a wide range of our doctoral students are disseminated through our web (info).

Specific Training

The Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program has established that throughout the period of academic tutelage, a doctoral student must reach a total of 30 points by conducting training activities. The activities will be selected by the student, approved by the tutor and sent to the Academic Committee, which will approve or not. The main training activities contemplated in the program are:

- Section 1: Academic training:

o Transversal training courses organized by the doctoral school: Up to a maximum of 8 points / course, depending on the number of hours of each course.

o Sessions, courses or dissemination activities, related to the research process, scientific communication or doctoral activities, 1 point every 2 hours up to a maximum of 4 points / course.

o Other type of long-term regulated training. To be evaluated by the Commission up to a maximum of 10 points / course.


- Section 2: Congresses/Conferences attendance:

o Attendance to congresses/conferneces: national congresses 3 points / congress, international congresses 5 points / congress.

o Presentation of original work in congresses/conferences: Poster 3 points / congress, oral up to 5 points / congress.


- Section 3: Publications:

o JCR indexed journals: Up to 15 points / publication, depending on the quartile, position of the doctoral candidate in the list of authors, etc.

o Non-indexed journals: Up to 5 points / publication.

o Book chapters: Up to 10 points / chapter. Congress/conference proceedings are excluded from this section.


- Section 4: Stays in research centers different from that of the thesis:

o Less than 1 month: Up to 5 points / stay.

o Less than 3 months: Up to 7 points / stay.

o More than 3 months: Up to 9 points / stay.


- Section 5: Collaboration in teaching activities:

o Up to 10 points / course.


Due to the wide variety of possibilities present, the final assessment of each of those merits, including those not contemplated in this scale, will correspond to the Academic Commission of the Doctoral Program.

In the event that a doctoral student, at the end of the period of completion of his/her doctoral thesis, does not meet the minimum score required, a reasoned report will be requested from the supervisor/s of the thesis, which will be assessed in the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program.

Research Lines

  • Catálisis y materiales catalíticos
  • Ingeniería de reactores catalíticos
  • Microreactores Estructurados
  • Nano diagnosis
  • Nano seguridad
  • Nanocomposites basados en polímeros
  • Nanopartículas
  • Nuevos materiales para separaciones
  • Reducción de emisiones contaminantes en procesos de combustión
  • Sensores químicos
  • Sistemas avanzados de liberación de fármacos
  • Tratamiento termoquímico de residuos: Pirólisis, gasificación, combustión
  • Tratamiento y caracterización de vertidos y aguas naturales

Research Teams

Procesos termoquímicos

  • María Abián Vicén
  • Javier Ábrego Garrués
  • María Ujué Alzueta Anía
  • Jesús María Arauzo Pérez
  • Rafael Bilbao Duñabeitia
  • María Alicia Callejas Bermejo
  • Jesús Ceamanos Lavilla
  • Lucía García Nieto
  • Gloria Gea Galindo
  • Alberto Ignacio Gonzalo Callejo
  • Luisa Lázaro Belanche
  • Juan José Manyá Cervelló
  • José Francisco Mastral Lajusticia
  • Ángela Millera Peralta
  • María Benita Murillo Esteban
  • Miriam Oliva Alcubierre
  • Joaquín Ruíz Palacín
  • María Luisa Salvador Solano
  • José Luis Sánchez Cebrián

Películas y partículas nanoporosas (NFP)

  • Manuel Arruebo Gordo
  • Francisco Balas Nieto
  • Silvia Irusta Alderete
  • María Reyes Mallada Viana
  • María Pilar Pina Iritia
  • Jesús Marcos Santamaría Ramiro
  • Victor Sebastián Cabeza

Catálisis, separación molecular e ingeniería del reactor

  • María Pilar Aznar Villacampa
  • Joaquín Juan Coronas Ceresuela
  • Eva María Francés Pérez
  • Francisco Javier Herguido Huerta
  • María Nieves Latorre Sierra
  • Miguel Alejandro Menéndez Sastre
  • Antonio Monzón Bescós
  • José Ángel Peña Llorente
  • Eva Romeo Salazar
  • Enrique Romero Pascual
  • Carlos Jesús Royo Pascual
  • Jaime Soler Herrero
  • Carlos Téllez Ariso
  • José Ignacio Villacampa Elfau

Agua y salud ambiental

  • Natividad Miguel Salcedo
  • Rosa Mosteo Abad
  • María Peña Ormad Melero
  • Judith Sarasa Alonso

Material Resources

The work usually done by students within the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Environmental Engineering includes a high experimental workload along with theoretical or simulation work and bibliographic search tasks. To carry out these tasks, the Instituto de Carboquímica of the CSIC, the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies and the research groups make available to the students the resources necessary for their development. Specifically:

- Laboratories: Each research group has the necessary facilities for carrying out research work by the students incorporated into their research lines. These facilities include experimental plants of different sizes (including pilot plants), analytical equipment: HPLC, XPS, GC / MS Chromatography, Elemental Analysis, TOC, Microscopy, XRD, TGA, FTIR, Porosimetry, gas adsorption, etc... The laboratories are located in the various University institutes to which the researchers of the program belong: INA, I3A, IUCA, Instituto de Carboquímica, and in the Research Support Services of the University of Zaragoza.

- Software: Through the program the students will have access to licensed programs of large computing power, such as Aspen Hysys, EES, Chemkin, Matlab, WCEDEP ...

- Access to bibliography. Apart from the general libraries of the University of Zaragoza and the School of Engineering and Architecture, the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering makes available to the students of the program a specialized library with a large number of books and scientific journals, as well as a institutional repository of doctoral thesis (see Similarly, access to the main scientific databases such as SCOPUS, Web of Science or ScienceDirect is available. All students of the University of Zaragoza are given access to these databases via internet.



  • Informe de evaluación de la calidad del curso 2016/2017
  • Informe de la Calidad de los Estudios de Doctorado y de sus diferentes Programas del curso 2016/2017
  • Plan anual de innovación y mejora del curso 2016/2017
  • Verification File