Master degree "Bio-Inspired Materials"

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Master degree "Bio-Inspired Materials"



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Applications will be closed on April 24th, 2020

Bio-Inspired Materials

An educational background to enable a connection between the laboratory and the living world.

Research and development of innovative materials drawn from Nature

Facing technology, economical and environmental challenges

Is it possible to draw from Nature to process glass at ambient temperature and pressure? To get inspired by a tree leave to capture and store sunlight energy? To draw from Nature to replace micro- and nano- plastics? To generate color without dyes? To dive into the ocean to discover novel UV filters or flame retardants?

To adopt a biomimetic approach is crucial for the future of several fields of activity, from agriculture to chemistry, through the housing, cosmetics, wood-paper and automotive industries. All of these currently face the challenges of sustainable development, energy saving and circular economy.

The stakes are high; we need to change our societies so that they are compatible with their environment.

In both the first and the second year of the master, the students will be trained to draw inspiration from nature through a biomimetic approach. This multidisciplinary approach,which resorts to both fundamental science and materials engineering is based on the observation and comprehension of living organisms within their ecosystems. A strong effort of abstraction to establish biological models to be adapted to scientific concepts and technological developments will be key to the course.


  • To train future scientists in materials science and engineering
  • To explore innovative approaches
  • To develop materials inspired by living systems with special regards to their composition, function, structure, architectures and processing, in line with environmental sustainability.

Knowledge and skills

Adopt the biomimetism philosophy

For one or two years, BIM MSc students will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire basic and requisite knowledge in physics, chemistry and biology,
  • Develop their curiosity and respect for living systems,
  • Develop their environmental awareness,
  • Develop open and collaborative working skills,
  • Integrate principles of the living world in their scientific approach,
  • Adopt a biomimetic approach from the concept to the materials development.

Additional information

International Welcome Desk


Corinne NARDIN

Corinne is physics professor, with a specialization in the physical chemistry of polymers, at the Université de Pauet des Pays de l’Adour. She is a scientific officer of the excellence initiative– Science - Innovation - Territoires – Economie (I-Site) « Energy and Environment Solutions – E2S ».

The training during the BIM Master will be focused on active pedagogy, in the project mode, which will be possible owing to a unique location of the teaching and research activities. Lectures will be at first organized to harmonize the basic knowledge of students of various educations (biology, physics and chemistry). 50 % of the lectures delivered to the 15 students are specific to the BIM master.

Through this approach, we further expect to develop the student’s soft skills in particular:
encourage autonomy, stimulate curiosity, creativity and emotional intelligence. The principal objective is to train future young researchers granted with a peculiar ability to think in a collaborative mode and to drive bio-inspired research projects.”’.

Laurent BILLON

Professor in Polymer Science at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Laurent is vice director of the Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physical chemistry for Environment and Materials (IPREM). He is the coordinator of the European research project eSCALED on artificial photosynthesis and leads the group on bioinspired materials ‘Functionality &Self-Assembly’.

The BIM Master, that stands for Bioinspired Materials, is in line with the current challenge of the ecological and sustainable transition. Mimic strategies evolved by Nature represents infinite scientific and technological challenges that will be undertaken by choosing bioinspiration and biomimetism.

With this master, unique in France, we aim at proposing to the students to explore living systems to get inspiration to develop novel materials and to keep in mind ethics and consciousness of their environment. Multi- and trans- disciplinarily training, at the heart of the biomimetic approach, will enable the students to adopt new ways of thinking syntheses,formulations and processing of tomorrow materials needed by the industrial partners to build
our future society.’’.



Internship Mandatory (4-6 months)

Master 1

A Minimum of 2 to 4 months of immersion in an academic or private research lab, in France or abroad

Master 2

Applied research project of at least a 6-month duration in an academic or private research lab


Access condition

Applicants must hold at least a bachelor degree  in chemistry, biology, physics, earth science

for the Master 1 level.

Applicants must hold at least a 4-year university level  in chemistry, biology, physics, earth science

for the Master 2 level

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

French Language Requirements



Inscription modalities

Applications are now open here APPLY

Target group

International and French students


Concerning the registration fees, the ministerial decree of 19 April 2019 sets the annual amount for non-European students enrolling in a Master's degree at €3770.
However, each French higher education institution has the possibility to partially exempt its students from these tuition fees.

For the year 2020-2021, the UPPA will apply this partial exemption to all non-EU students. Students benefiting from this partial exemption will pay an annual registration fee of 243 euros (2019_2020 price list as an indication)


Person in charge

BILLON Laurent

Responsable M1 CPCM

Phone :

Email : laurent.billon @

Nardin Corinne

Email : corinne.nardin @

More info

Internship Mandatory (4-6 months)

From October 18, 2020 to April 24, 2020

Teaching start
September 1, 2020


Brochure (1 Mo)