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Master Year 2 in Materials Science and Nano-Objects - Nanomat

Master Year 2 in Materials Science and Nano-Objects - Nanomat
Year

Master Year 2

Program

Materials Science and Nano-Objects - Nanomat

ECTS Credits

60

Language

English

Orientation

Research & Industry

Location

Paris (Sorbonne Université)

Course duration

12 months, full time

Course start

September

Degree awarded

Master’s degree

WHY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?

Asset n° 1

Develop a strong background in materials science at the interface between solid state physics, nanosciences, materials design and materials chemistry

Asset n°2

Gain practical experience through a 6 months research internship either in academia and industry, with possibilities to go on with a PhD

Asset n°3

Gain practical experience through tutorials, laboratories and numerical projects in relation to current scientific topics that could solve societal challenges e.g. renewable energies, ecology, health and heritage

SMNO-nanomat is a research-type M2 program (M2: Master 2nd year) that offers a complete high-level training on the structural and electronic properties of condensed matter and nanostructures.

The program includes numerous tutorials, laboratories and numerical projects in relation with current scientific topics that can answer to societal challenges (renewable energies, ecology, health, heritage, ...). The addressed topics concern optics, electronics, spintronics, superconductivity, correlated systems, physical chemistry of solids and high-density liquids, exploration of planetary interiors, interaction with the environment, etc. They cover a large variety of materials and their applications, such as nanostructured materials, 2D materials, thin films, materials for energy, materials under extreme conditions, glasses, minerals and cultural heritage materials, with a systematic focus on the microscopic phenomena at the origin of their macroscopic properties.

During the first semester, students will acquire in-depth knowledge, while the second semester will be dedicated to a research internship.

Objectives

This Master Year 2 program enables students to: 

  • acquire the theoretical bases allowing a thorough understanding of the materials properties
  • be trained in advanced experimental and numerical investigation methods

Partner Universities

This program is hosted by Sorbonne University and shared with ESPCI

Students who graduate from this Master’s program will be equipped to pursue a PhD in many different fields in an industrial or academic environment.

Semester 1

The lectures are entirely in English; they are organized in teaching units, called UE for Unité d'Enseignement in French, credited by 3 or 6 ECTS. A standard pedagogical contract (30 ECTS) includes:


2 basic courses to be chosen from the list below

Condensed matter physics level 1: basics (CMP1)

26h

3 ECTS

English

Condensed matter physics level 2: magnetism and semiconductors physics (CMP2)

26h

3 ECTS

English

Condensed matter physics level 3: electronic and transport properties (CMP3) 

30h

3 ECTS

English

Condensed matter chemistry (CMC)

26h

3 ECTS

English

Fundamental aspects and applications of different experimental and numerical methods of materials (MIM). 6 ECTS total.

Diffraction, microscopy, local and non-local spectroscopies

40h

English

Functional theory of density, molecular dynamics, meta dynamics

20h

English

Condensed matter physics level 3: electronic and transport properties (CMP3) 

30h

English

Condensed matter chemistry (CMC)

26h

English

Practical works including laboratories and numerical projects (LabS), applying the fundamental concepts dealt with in the core and basic UE, in relation with the "materials" themes addressed in the optional UE. 6 ECTS total.

Experimental: laboratories 

40h

English

Experimental: numerical tutorials

12h

English

Numerical: laboratories 

40h

English

Numerical: numerical tutorials

12h

English

Numerical: numerical project

20h

English

Students choose 2 optional UE of 6 ECTS, to be chosen from the list below

Surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures (Surf)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Nanoelectronics and devices with molecules and nanoparticles (NanoElec)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Nanostructures for optoelectronics and spintronics (OptoSpin)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Advanced condensed matter physics (AdvCMP) 

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Physics of macroscopic interfaces (PIMs)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Non-crystalline solids and nanomineralogy (NOCNAM)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Physics of materials under extreme conditions (PMX)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Matériaux pour un monde durable (5C601)

40h courses 

6 ECTS

Français

Biomatériaux et matériaux pour le vivant (5C602)

48h courses 

6 ECTS

Français

Revêtements et nanomatériaux supportés (5C612)

48h courses 

6 ECTS

Français

Modélisation des propriétés électroniques - Chimie quantique (5C208)

12h courses 

24h tutorials

12h practicals

6 ECTS

Français

Modélisation multi-échelle des systèmes moléculaires complexes (5C209)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

Français

Semester 2

The second semester of the M2 consists of a 5-6 months compulsory internship (30 ECTS), full time in a research unit of the public or industrial sector, focused on materials and nanosciences, in France or abroad.

Each year, about 200 internship proposals in more than 30 host laboratories are offered to the SMNO-nanomat students.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

  • Completion of the first year of a Master with highest honors at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad
  • Applicants must present a personal project coherent with the philosophy of the Physics by Research Master - applicants are advised to contact faculty members in their field of study well ahead of the application deadline with a statement on their scientific interests to coordinate their proposed study program
  • Due to the highly selective nature of the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to also apply to one of the topical Master tracks at Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Language prerequisites

  • English
  • Working knowledge of French will enhance the range of options available

How to apply

Applications can be submitted exclusively online. You will need to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months of the closing date for the application session.

Fees and scholarships

  • EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 243€
  • Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 3770€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates

Coordinator

Thierry Gacoin

Program office

Nouria Gabelli

General enquiries

master-admission@ip-paris.fr

Description

SMNO-nanomat is a research-type M2 program (M2: Master 2nd year) that offers a complete high-level training on the structural and electronic properties of condensed matter and nanostructures.

The program includes numerous tutorials, laboratories and numerical projects in relation with current scientific topics that can answer to societal challenges (renewable energies, ecology, health, heritage, ...). The addressed topics concern optics, electronics, spintronics, superconductivity, correlated systems, physical chemistry of solids and high-density liquids, exploration of planetary interiors, interaction with the environment, etc. They cover a large variety of materials and their applications, such as nanostructured materials, 2D materials, thin films, materials for energy, materials under extreme conditions, glasses, minerals and cultural heritage materials, with a systematic focus on the microscopic phenomena at the origin of their macroscopic properties.

During the first semester, students will acquire in-depth knowledge, while the second semester will be dedicated to a research internship.

Objectives

This Master Year 2 program enables students to: 

  • acquire the theoretical bases allowing a thorough understanding of the materials properties
  • be trained in advanced experimental and numerical investigation methods

Partner Universities

This program is hosted by Sorbonne University and shared with ESPCI

Students who graduate from this Master’s program will be equipped to pursue a PhD in many different fields in an industrial or academic environment.

Semester 1

The lectures are entirely in English; they are organized in teaching units, called UE for Unité d'Enseignement in French, credited by 3 or 6 ECTS. A standard pedagogical contract (30 ECTS) includes:


2 basic courses to be chosen from the list below

Condensed matter physics level 1: basics (CMP1)

26h

3 ECTS

English

Condensed matter physics level 2: magnetism and semiconductors physics (CMP2)

26h

3 ECTS

English

Condensed matter physics level 3: electronic and transport properties (CMP3) 

30h

3 ECTS

English

Condensed matter chemistry (CMC)

26h

3 ECTS

English

Fundamental aspects and applications of different experimental and numerical methods of materials (MIM). 6 ECTS total.

Diffraction, microscopy, local and non-local spectroscopies

40h

English

Functional theory of density, molecular dynamics, meta dynamics

20h

English

Condensed matter physics level 3: electronic and transport properties (CMP3) 

30h

English

Condensed matter chemistry (CMC)

26h

English

Practical works including laboratories and numerical projects (LabS), applying the fundamental concepts dealt with in the core and basic UE, in relation with the "materials" themes addressed in the optional UE. 6 ECTS total.

Experimental: laboratories 

40h

English

Experimental: numerical tutorials

12h

English

Numerical: laboratories 

40h

English

Numerical: numerical tutorials

12h

English

Numerical: numerical project

20h

English

Students choose 2 optional UE of 6 ECTS, to be chosen from the list below

Surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures (Surf)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Nanoelectronics and devices with molecules and nanoparticles (NanoElec)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Nanostructures for optoelectronics and spintronics (OptoSpin)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Advanced condensed matter physics (AdvCMP) 

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Physics of macroscopic interfaces (PIMs)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Non-crystalline solids and nanomineralogy (NOCNAM)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Physics of materials under extreme conditions (PMX)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

English

Matériaux pour un monde durable (5C601)

40h courses 

6 ECTS

Français

Biomatériaux et matériaux pour le vivant (5C602)

48h courses 

6 ECTS

Français

Revêtements et nanomatériaux supportés (5C612)

48h courses 

6 ECTS

Français

Modélisation des propriétés électroniques - Chimie quantique (5C208)

12h courses 

24h tutorials

12h practicals

6 ECTS

Français

Modélisation multi-échelle des systèmes moléculaires complexes (5C209)

36h courses 

14h tutorial or project

6 ECTS

Français

Semester 2

The second semester of the M2 consists of a 5-6 months compulsory internship (30 ECTS), full time in a research unit of the public or industrial sector, focused on materials and nanosciences, in France or abroad.

Each year, about 200 internship proposals in more than 30 host laboratories are offered to the SMNO-nanomat students.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

  • Completion of the first year of a Master with highest honors at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad
  • Applicants must present a personal project coherent with the philosophy of the Physics by Research Master - applicants are advised to contact faculty members in their field of study well ahead of the application deadline with a statement on their scientific interests to coordinate their proposed study program
  • Due to the highly selective nature of the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to also apply to one of the topical Master tracks at Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Language prerequisites

  • English
  • Working knowledge of French will enhance the range of options available

How to apply

Applications can be submitted exclusively online. You will need to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months of the closing date for the application session.

Fees and scholarships

  • EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 243€
  • Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 3770€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Find out more about scholarships

Applications and admission dates

Coordinator

Thierry Gacoin

Program office

Nouria Gabelli

General enquiries

master-admission@ip-paris.fr