TU Delft and academic partner University of Campinas (UNICAMP) have initiated a dual degree PhD program aiming at 25 dual degree PhD students in 2020 and about 100 in 2025. A dual degree PhD student enrols in both universities with two supervisors, to produce one thesis and receive a degree from both universities after a successful defence. A limited number of unique TU Delft scholarships are available for such projects, in addition to regular funding options from several Brazilian and Dutch public and private sources.

To date, the following TU Delft & UNICAMP Dual Degree PhD projects are on-going:   

Development of a yeast-based platform for anaerobic production of organic acids

PhD Candidate: Wesley Marques
Promotors: Ton van Maris & Andreas Gombert

Nanostructured thin films of graphene oxide nanosheets for the development of enzymatic fuel cells

PhD Candidate: Tiago Pedroso de Almeida
Promotors: Isabel Arends, Frank Hollman & Antonio Riul

Biomass and lipids production from heterotrophic microalgae

PhD Candidate: Renato Sano Coelho (graduated in 2017)
Promotors: Luuk van der Wielen

Quantitative fermentation of sesquiterpene producing microorganisms

PhD Candidate: Meissa Abrahão 
Promotors: Luuk van der Wielen & Gláucia Maria Pastore

Near-Real-Time Monitoring of Land Cover Change and Characteristics

Through the Assimulation of Space-Based Optical and Radar remote Sensing Data

PhD Candidate: Ramses Molijn
Promotors: Ramon Hanssen & Jansle Vieira Rocha

Mathematical modeling and optimization of enzyme production using Trichoderma harzianum

PhD Candidate: Lucas Gelain
Promotors: Luuk van der Wielen, Walter van Gulik, Alina Costa & Sindelia Freitas

Sustainability assessment of a hybrid thermo-biochemical pathway

for the production of second generation ethanol

PhD Candidate: Elisa Medeiros 
Promotors: Henk Noorman, John Posada & Rubens Maciel Filho

Analysis of the aligment of international NGOs arguments about biofuels

with the perceptions of the real impacted stakeholders that live close to the sugarcane plantations in Brazil

PhD Candidate: Andreia Marques
Promotors: Patricia Osseweijer, Lotte Asveld, José Maria Ferreira & Jardim da Silveira 

Two-liquid phase system applied to extractive enzymatic hydrolysis of biomass

PhD Candidate: Bianca Bussamra
Promotors: Luuk van der Wielen, Alina Costa & Sindelia Freitas

PhD Candidate: Rafael Capaz
Promotors: Patricia Osseweijer, John Posada & Joaquim Eugênio Abel Seabra 

Syngas fermentation for large-scale ethanol production:

early-stage technical and sustainability assessment for optimum combination between syngas production/supply and fermentation

PhD Candidate: Eduardo Almeida Benalcazar
Promotors: Patricia Osseweijer, John Posada, Henk Noorman & Rubens Maciel Filho

PhD Candidate: Felipe Ferran
Promotors: Luuk van der Wielen, Geert Jan Witkamp & Marcus Forte

More projects and Dual Degree programs with other academic partners are currently under development, primarily focused on biobased economy.

For (UNICAMP or TU Delft) students who are interested, an important first step is to have a supervisor at both universities with matching interests and suited facilities. Find more information on dual degrees, the process to initiate such a project and for support to find a supervisor at the partner university on the Dual Degree Fellowship website and/or contact the TU Delft Brazil office

BE-Basic Brazil

First Dual Degree PhD student Renato Sano Coelho MSc, of the TU Delft-UNICAMP program awarded the doctor title