Master degree Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials

Presentation

Presentation

 

Master of Science (MSc) CPCM "Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials" provides a complete education program in the field of materials, by addressing all aspects related to their synthesis/elaboration, their fine characterization, and their implementation for specific applications.

 

In the title of this master program, the term "Chemistry" refers to synthesis and elaboration aspects, while the term "Physico-Chemistry" refers to characterization science and understanding of mechanisms and phenomena taking place at different scales of the material (micro/nano or surface/bulk).

 

The training delivered by Master CPCM allows you to find rapidly a job in the industry as a senior executive, in all sectors of activity using or designing materials, as soon as you have obtained the Master's degree. Alternatively, you can continue your training with a Ph.D. thesis (three years), which is an advantage in several fields of research and development.

 

Master CPCM relies on recognized senior researchers, professors, and assistant professors, in the field of chemistry and physics, carrying out their research activity in IPREM institute (Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physico-Chemistry for Environment and Materials) https://iprem.univ-pau.fr/en/institute.html, more precisely in the following scientific departments (clusters): PCM " Physico-chemistry of surfaces and polymer materials" and CAPT " Analytical, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry". The teaching program, comprising lectures, supervised and practical work, and case studies, is taught by university lecturers and researchers, and by personnel from the socio-professional sector. Internships can be performed in companies or in academic research laboratories (in this case they are generally done in IPREM, but internships can also be done in other labs in France or abroad).

 

The MSc degree meets the industrial requirements in terms of skills and know-how in the field of materials and integrates a reflection on sustainable development and implementation of new materials able to meet the new requirements and challenges in terms of energy management and respect for the environment.

Objectives

  • Prepare students to an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges materials chemistry, polymers, inorganic chemistry, and modeling
  • Develop their engineering and research skills
  • Prepare students for leading positions in industry and public institutions.

Knowledge and skills

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 acquire a good 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

Scholarships
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Students

30 students 15 in M1 and 15 in M2

Training content

Training content

Practical training is carried out in the chemistry lab of the university, and in the different research rooms of the Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physico-Chemistry for Environment and Materials (IPREM), hosting cutting-edge scientific equipment.

 

1st YEAR: 1st SEMESTER

ECTS

Mandatory (24 ECTS)

Elaboration of materials 1: Organic polymers

2

Elaboration of materials 1: Inorganic materials

2

Different kinds of materials and their properties

2

Magnetic properties of materials

2

Modeling

4

Environmentally friendly design of materials

1.5

Green chemistry

1.5

Polymer science in the lab

3

Characterization methods 1: X-ray diffraction

2

Coupling experience and theory

2

English or French as a foreign language

2

Optional (6 ECTS)

Composite materials 1: introduction and mechanical properties

2

The industry world: project management / intellectual property

2

Electrochemical kinetics

2

Separation mechanisms and processes

4

Heteroelements, metal-organic chemistry, and synthesis strategies

2

1st YEAR: 2nd SEMESTER

Mandatory (26 ECTS)

Physical chemistry of macromolecular solutions

2

Academic and industrial internship

5

Materials Chemistry in the lab

2

Characterization methods 2: spectroscopies & microscopies

6

Electronic properties of materials

2

Elaboration of materials 2: Sol-gel chemistry

2

Elaboration of materials 2: Polymer chemistry

2

Composite materials 2: Thermoset matrices

1

English or French as a foreign language

2

Optional courses (4 ECTS)

Materials and HQE certification

2

Corrosion of materials

2

Inorganic materials: metals and alloys

2

Inorganic materials: ceramics

2

 

2nd YEAR: 3rd SEMESTER

ECTS

Mandatory (22 ECTS)

Materials for energy storage and conversion

4

New materials

4

Surface chemistry and interfaces

4

Multi-scale description of complex systems

4

Optical properties of materials

4

English or French as a foreign language

2

Optional (8 ECTS)

Methods and techniques for polymer-based materials synthesis

2

Nanomaterials: from the laboratory to the application

1

Polymers and the environment: Natural polymers - Biomass valorization

2

Nanocomposites and nanomaterials: Industrial copolymers

2

Nanocomposites and nanomaterials: Nanocomposites

1.5

Nanocomposites and nanomaterials: Nanomaterials

1.5

Adhesion & Adhesives

4

Business world: Tools and quality management

1

Theoretical chemistry and spectroscopies

4

Theoretical chemistry applied to the study of materials

4

2nd YEAR: 4th SEMESTER

Mandatory (30 ECTS)

Industrial or academic internship

30

 

Access condition

Academic Requirements
  • Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor degree for the Master 1 level.
  • Applicants must hold at least a 4-year university level 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

Inscription modalities

Expenses

Administrative tuition in France is determined at a national level. The French Ministerial Order of April 19, 2019, amended on June 9, 2020, sets university tuition for a Master Program as follows: European nationals: €243, extra-European nationals: €3770.

For academic year 2022-2023, the Board of Directors has extended its policy of automatically providing partial reduction of these fees at the UPPA. As a result, extra-European nationals will be granted automatic partial reductions such that they will be able to pay the same enrollment fees as European nationals.

Extra fees: 

In addition to academic tuition, most students must pay a student body fee (CVEC, which cost €92 in 2020-2021). 

NB: Admitted candidates in any course of study who have taken a break of more than two years from their studies will enroll via the UPPA’s Continuing Education service (Formation Continue / FORCO). They are exempt from the CVEC, however they may be subject to a different tuition scale.

Job opportunities

Prospects for employment or further study
Sectors
  • 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
Fields
  • Research and Development
Positions
  • Research and Innovation Engineer, PhD students
  • 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.)

 

Organizational unit

Person in charge

BEGUE Didier

Head of M2 CPCM program

Phone : 05.59.40.78.52

Email : didier.begue @ univ-pau.fr

DEDRYVERE Rémi

Head of M1 CPCM Program

Phone : 05.59.40.75.97

Email : remi.dedryvere @ univ-pau.fr

Administrative contact(s)

ETCHEBERRY Sandrine (Secrétariat de chimie)

Phone : 05.59.40.74.34

Email : secretariat-chimie @ univ-pau.fr

Places

  • Pau

More info

Type of education

  • Initial training
  • Ongoing training
  • Foreign students

Internship Mandatory (4 to 5 months)

Registration
From October 29, 2021 to April 30, 2022

Teaching start
September 1, 2022

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