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Chemistry, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The Department of Chemistry at KU Leuven brings together researchers fascinated by atoms, ions and molecules, studying the composition, structure and properties of matter and designing new molecular materials for very specific applications. Research in the department of chemistry is organised in 5 divisions:

  • Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology: the mission of this unit is to study biomolecular interactions in vitro and in living systems. Our objectives are to collect, to master and to be at the forefront of the development of a number of essential tools to measure, model and manipulate biomolecular interactions and to apply this expertise to a number of highly relevant questions.
  • Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry: The research topics in this division are quantum chemistry; computational inorganic quantum chemistry; computational molecular and materials science; computational coordination chemistry; theory of nanomaterials; nano-engineered thin films; reaction kinetics and physical chemistry.
  • Molecular Design and Synthesis: This division aims to develop new synthetic methodologies and to create new molecules with different degrees of complexity and with different functionalities. Because of its expertise in different aspects of organic and inorganic synthesis, the division is a knowledge centre that is able to provide access to a wide variety of compounds of high importance to colleagues inside and outside of the university.
  • Molecular Imaging and Photonics: The researchers in this division perform research in photochemistry and spectroscopy as well as in molecular electronics and photonics.
  • Polymer Chemistry and Materials: Research within this division focuses on three societal material classes: biobased polymeric materials, materials based on conjugated polymers and nano-engineered polymer materials. The research unit furthermore invests in new pathways for polymer synthesis and the unveiling of structure-property relationships in soft matter using experiment, theory and simulations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research in the department of chemistry is organised in 5 divisions:

  • Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology
  • Molecular Design and Synthesis
  • Molecular Imaging and Photonics
  • Polymer Chemistry and Materials
  • Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Applicants need to have obtained a relevant master degree with excellent grades. We are looking for highly motivated researchers with good English proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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First registration and year of defense - 461 eurosIntermediate years with all facilities  - free

Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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