M1 Common core/M2 Materials Science and Engineering: Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials

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M1 Common core/M2 Materials Science and Engineering: Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials




The selection and appropriate use of a material requires chemical expertise that draws on knowledge of the material preparation and characterization sectors, and training in interpretation and modeling of the structural and functional properties of materials. Designed specifically for students taking courses in which chemistry is the predominant subject, the CPCM (Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of Materials) curriculum offers training courses in each of these different sectors. The content of the teaching program is the result of a general synthesis concerning sustainable development and the use of innovative materials that provide a potential response to new requirements and challenges related to energy and the environment.

The teaching program, comprising lectures, supervised and practical work and case studies, is taught by university lecturers and researchers, but also by personnel from the socio-professional sector. The practical work and case studies are done in the laboratories of the Multidisciplinary Research Institute for the Environment and Materials (IPREM CNRS UMR 5254), using high-performance and top-level apparatus. The program also includes modules that prepare students for entering the world of work, use of English in courses and for writing scientific publications, and internships in companies and academic research laboratories.


Program objectives
  • Prepare students at an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges in specialty areas in chemistry, polymers, inorganic chemistry and modeling

  • Develop engineering research skills to engage in quality and successful research,

  • Prepare students for leading positions in industry and government Research and Development departments:

• Project Manager
• Senior manager in design and development (design engineer)
• Senior manager in production (process engineer, production engineer)
• Senior manager responsible for quality operations or even production management
• Technical Director (R & D)
• Teacher-researcher (possible at the end of a doctorate.)

Knowledge and skills

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, the students in the «Materials Science and Engineering: Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials master’s degree” will be able to:

  • Prepare materials and samples,

  • Use surface and volume analytical techniques to achieve a sound command of materials characterization,

  • Validate, interpret and model experimental results,

  • Write a synthesis report and communicate appropriately with experts,

  • Produce quality research,

  • Carry out a research project.

Additional information

Duration: 2 years

Credits: 60 ECTS

Languages: Fully taught in English in M2

Delivery mode:  On Campus at both STEE College and IPREM Institute (PAU)

More information:

Contact: Prs. L. Billon and D. Bégué


Training content


Teaching, consisting of lectures, tutorials, practical work and projects, is taught by both  university research professors and by professionals from the socio-professional world.

Projects and practical works are carried out in the laboratories of the Multidisciplinary Research Institute for the Environment and Materials (IPREM) on high performance equipments. The program also includes preparation modules for professional integration, the practice of scientific  English as well as internships in companies as well as in academic research laboratories.

In complement, the CPCM course offers UEs delivered in collaboration with the Universities of Toulouse, Montpellier and Bordeaux as part of the French Theoretical Chemistry Network (RCTF).


Semester 3

Course Title

Course Description


Materials For Energy Storage And Conversion
  • Get Skills on materials and processes in the field of energy (from storage to the conversion) in an industrial and environmental context.


Materials: Nano Materials, Bio Materials And Hybrid Materials
  • Describe new emerging materials in relation to the original properties expected.


Surface Chemistry And Interfaces
  • To provide fundamental knowledge to understand, at the atomic or molecular scale, the reaction mechanisms occurring during the interaction between the surface of a material and its environment (gaseous or liquid) Understanding the behavior of materials under chemical stress (high temperature oxidation, corrosion, ..).


Modelisation Of Materials With Specific Properties
  • Presenting methods allowing the exploration of chemical physics properties of materials by numerical calculation on computer.


Optical Properties Of Materials
  • Know-how to make the link between microscopic electronic properties of materials and their macroscopic optical properties; (Non)Optical linear properties.


Methods And Techniques For Polymer-based Materials Synthesis
  • Develop processes and techniques for synthesizing polymers and developing functional materials based on polymers.


Natural Polymers – Biomass Valorization (option)
  • To bring the student knowledge on chemical and physico-chemical behaviors of natural polymers, their specific features and potential applications.

  • To study the behavior and properties of materials from biomass.


Project Management – Industrial property and patents (option)
  • Sensitize Students To The Concept Of Industrial Property And Patent


Formulation of adhesives (option)
  • Formulations Of Adhesives
measurements / Prediction Of Adhesion Properties


Theoretical Chemistry applied to the study of materials (option)
  • Show How, From A Set Of Theoretical Methods (Periodic Ab Initio Methods, Molecular Dynamics), One Can Model Specific Experimental Problems In Relation To The Study Of Materials (Chemisorption, Physisorption, Phase Transition) And Energies.



Semester 4

Course Title

Course Description


Internship in research in the fields of polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials, energy, storage and conversion, physical-chemistry, theoretical chemistry
  • Apply A Scientific Approach And Project Management

  • Methodologies For An Academic Or Industrial Research

  • Project.




Access condition


Since the law n ° 2016-1828 of December 23rd, 2016, the master is a curriculum of 4 semesters, without intermediate selection, leading to the national diploma of master.

Parcours du master SGM

 Capacité d'accueil

Date d’ouverture

de la campagne de recrutement

 Date de clôture

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If you are a student of EU nationality, residing in France and already enrolled in a French university: you must apply online through APOFLUX during the period : 15/04/2018 to 15/06/2018.

The candidates will have to deposit on the APOFLUX platform the parts below:

                                 VE file and supporting documents

If you are a student of foreign nationality outside the EU: please consult the website  of the international relations (IR) for specific registration details.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English has to take a recognized international English test.

 Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English

 Application deadline: July 15, 2018


And after

Job opportunities

Prospects for employment or further study
  • Chemistry 
  • Energy (photovoltaic, batteries, fuel cells, artificial photosynthesis ..)
  • Environment (non-polluting materials, pollution control materials and storage…)
  • Aeronautics (composite materials, surface treatments ...)...
  • Building (thermal and sound insulating coatings ...)
  • Cosmetics & life science
  • Research and Development
  • Research and Innovation Engineer, PhD students



Organizational unit


  • Pau

Person in charge

BILLON Laurent

Responsable M1 CPCM

Phone :

Email : laurent.billon @ univ-pau.fr

BEGUE Didier

Responsable M2 CPCM

Phone :

Email : didier.begue @ univ-pau.fr

Administrative contact(s)


Phone : /

Email : secretariat-chimie @ univ-pau.fr

More info

ECTS credits 120

Type of education

  • Formation initiale
  • Formation continue
  • Etudiants étrangers

Number of students 25

Internship Mandatory


Brochure (495 Ko)