The Graduate Program in Chemistry (PPGQ for its spelling in Portuguese) is a master’s and doctoral degree program accredited by CAPES with grade 4. Created in 2006, the PPGQ started its activities in 2007 with the Master’s Degree and since 2011 has also offered the Doctorate Degree. The target audience is Chemistry degree-holders and graduates of related fields who earn the title of Master’s of Science in Chemistry and Doctor of Science in Chemistry, respectively.
The PPGQ-UFPel aims to train highly qualified masters or doctors in the field of Chemistry by offering a more generalist education background that focuses on research, development, and innovation so as to contribute for the resolution of regional, national and global problems.
The Program seeks to meet the growing demand for skilled labor in southern Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Professionals graduating from PPGQ will be able to conduct research, develop projects and produce knowledge within one of the lines of the Program, which ranges from the resolution of environmental problems to the development of new organic and inorganic materials to be used in different sectors of the chemical industry.
Established only seven years ago, PPGQ-UFPel has already awarded around 80 master’s and 2 doctorate degrees in Chemistry. Graduates work in various higher education institutions as professors and researchers.
Area of Concentration
Lines of Research
Studies in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry:
This line of research aims to improve or develop methods of chemical and/or biological analysis using analytical and bioanalytical techniques for the analysis and/or characterization of chemical compounds in samples such as food, technology products, industrial products, synthetic products, and living organisms, among others. It also includes research and monitoring of the presence of chemical compounds in various environmental compartments and ecosystems.
Studies in Inorganic Chemistry and Physicochemistry:
This line of research involves the preparation and characterization of new inorganic and organometallic materials and their use as a new selective catalysts synthesis, as well the modification of inorganic surfaces in order to improve their optical, electrical, mechanical, and catalytic properties. Theoretical studies on the organic reactions and molecular dynamics of biological systems are also covered in this line of research.
Collection, Characterization and Application of Organic Materials:
This line of research focuses on the development of new synthetic methods for the preparation of organic compounds containing sulfur, selenium or tellurium, and heterocycles with potential biological activity. Chemical modification of essential and vegetable oils and their major constituents aiming towards the preparation of bioactive molecules, as well as the use of biomass in the production of biofuels, are also covered in this line of research.
The list of advanced courses of the Program include Advanced Physicochemistry, Advanced Analytical Chemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Advanced Organic Chemistry.
The credits for Seminars are divided in the courses of Seminars I and II, similarly to the credits for Teaching Internship, which are divided in Teaching Internship I and II.
The other courses of the Program are: Sampling and Sample Preparation; Bioinorganic; Catalysis; Atomic Spectrometry; Stereochemistry; Physical Methods of Inorganic Analysis and Materials; Physical Methods of Organic Analysis; Green and Sustainable Chemistry; Organic Synthesis; Special Topics in Physicochemistry; Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry; Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry, Special Topics in Organic Chemistry.
Permanent faculty and lines of research:
– Studies in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry: Adriane Medeiros Nunes, Anderson Schwingel Ribeiro, Márcia Foster Mesko, Márcia de Mello Luvielmo, Mariana Antunes Vieira.
– Studies in Inorganic Chemistry and Physicochemistry: Aline Joana Rolina Wohlmuth Alves dos Santos, Daniela Bianchini, Wilhelm Martin Wallau, César Antonio Oropesa Avellaneda, Gracélie Aparecida Serpa Schulz.
– Collection, Characterization and Application of Organic Materials: Diego da Silva Alves, Eder João Lenardão, Francine Novack Victoria, Gelson Perin, Raquel Guimarães Jacob, Ricardo Frederico Schumacher, Wilson João Cunico Filho.
Research associate faculty in the PPGQ-UFPel:
Lucielli Savegnago, Alzira Yamasaki, Flavio Pavan, Hueder Paulo Moisés de Oliveira, Irene Teresinha Santos Garcia.
Number of credits required
In compliance with the teaching-scientific regulations of the PPGQ-UFPel, the minimum registration period is 12 months for Master's Degree and 24 months for Doctorate Degree students. The maximum registration period is 24 and 48 months for Master’s and Doctorate students, respectively.
Students earn a Master’s Degree upon completing a minimum of 20 credits, 8 of which must be taken in advanced courses (4 credits in their area and 4 credits of their choice), 4 in elective courses, 6 in seminars and 2 credits in teaching internship.
Students earn a Doctorate Degree upon completing a minimum of 40 credits, 8 of which must be taken in advanced courses, 22 in post-graduation courses, 6 in seminars and 4 credits in teaching internship.