Master degree Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials

Presentation

Presentation

 

 

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 works 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 labour market:

  • Use of English in courses and for writing scientific papers
  • Internships in companies and academic research laboratories

Objectives

  • Prepare students at an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges in areas of expertise 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.

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

15

Training content

Projects and practical works are carried out in the laboratories of the Multidisciplinary Research Institute for the Environment and Materials (IPREM) on high performance equipment.

The program also includes preparation modules for professional integration, the practice of scientific English as well as internships in companies or in academic research laboratories.

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

 

SEMESTER 1

ECTS

Trace elements in the environment

Trace elements biogeochemical cycles

2

Speciation concepts and analysis

2

Advanced analytical chemistry

Advanced separation techniques

2

Advanced spectrometric techniques coupling

2

Electrochemical sensors

2

Biological macromolecules characterization

2

Organic contaminants analysis

2

Imaging techniques for environmental samples and materials characterization

2

Statistical tools, chemometrics and quality

Analytical methods performances evaluation

2

Quality assurance for analysis

2

Statistical tools project

4

Microbiology and molecular biology for Environmental applications

Microbial biotransformations and environmental applications: project

4

Microbial biotransformations and environmental applications : conferences

2

Molecular biology, Technological applications

6

Research tools and applications

Scientific papers and documentation critical evaluation

2

Environmental Project

4

Language

French as a Foreign language

2

SEMESTER 2

Internship in an academic or industrial research project

30

 

SEMESTER 3

Course Title

ECTS

Materials for energy storage and conversion

4

Materials: nano materials, bio materials and hybrid materials

4

Surface chemistry and interfaces

4

Modelisation of materials with specific properties

4

Optical properties of materials

4

Methods and techniques for polymer-based materials synthesis

4

Natural polymers – biomass valorization (optional)

4

Project management – industrial property and patents (optional)

2

Formulation of adhesives (optional)

2

Theoretical chemistry applied to the study of materials (optional)

4

 

SEMESTER 4

Internship

ECTS

Internship in research in the fields of polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials, energy, storage and conversion, physical-chemistry, theoretical chemistry

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 2021-2022, 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

BILLON Laurent


Phone : 05.59.40.76.09

Email : laurent.billon @ univ-pau.fr

BEGUE Didier

Responsable M2 CPCM


Phone : 05.59.40.78.52

Email : didier.begue @ univ-pau.fr

Administrative contact(s)

Secrétariat de chimie ETCHEBERRY Sandrine


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 November 10, 2020 to April 19, 2021

Teaching start
September 1, 2021

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