Master 1

Chemistry and Interfaces


Overview


Chemistry is a basic science that may be used to resolve many of the challenges faced by our society today such as health issues, sustainable development, energy and innovative technologies for new materials.
The Master Program “Chemistry and Interfaces” of the “Institut Polytechnique de Paris” has been designed to provide students with the state of the art knowledge in chemistry in order to respond to some of these challenges. Together with bringing a strong expertize in many different fields of chemistry (organic, organometallic, supramolecular, solid state and inorganic…), bridges will be structured towards other scientific fields such as biology, material sciences or energy. This approach will prepare students on their way towards innovations at the crossroads of different technological fields.
The teaching is supported by the presence at “Institut Polytechnique de Paris” of different research units, renowned for their excellence in molecular chemistry, physical chemistry and material sciences…

Language of instruction: English
ECTS: 60
Oriented: The M1 has both research and industrial potential
Duration: 1 year
Courses Location: École polytechnique


Educational objectives


The aim of this master’s program is to provide students with a high level of experimental and theoretical scientific training, based on a broad spectrum of research topics in chemistry related to major challenges for our society.

Pedagogy favours immersion in research laboratories to get strong knowledge in state-of-the-art experimental techniques through a learning-by-doing approach, but also to acquire chemistry knowledge in direct contact with researchers and up to date scientific issues.


Program structure


1st Period (18 ECTS)

Mandatory courses (5 Courses; When applicable, students need to choose between A and B options):

1. Language (2ECTS)
o Foreign language, default English (French native speaker) or French (non-French native speaker)

2. Spectroscopy/electrochemistry (4 ECTS)
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o Greg Nocton(5 lectures on NMR), C. Tard (4 lectures on electrochemistry)
o Written exam (2h) in first session, oral exam in the second session

3. Solid-state chemistry (4 ECTS)
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o Guilhem Dezanneau
o Exam

4. Course taken among :
A. Methods in organic and organometallic chemistry (4 ECTS)
o (9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set)
o Nicolas Mezailles, Laurence Grimaud
o Exam :
B. Physics of electrons in solids (4 ECTS)
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o Silke Biermann (Physics department)

5. Course taken among :
A. Experimental projects (4 ECTS)
o 9 session of 4h in research laboratories
B. Other course from another master: 5 ECTS

Optional course
Refresher course in chemistry (4 ECTS)
o Tutoring sessions of 4 hours
o Greg Nocton, Cédric Tard, Nicolas Mézailles, Laurence Grimaud
o Oral examination

2nd Period (18 ECTS)

Mandatory course:

1. Language (2 ECTS)
o Foreign language, default English (French native speaker) or French (non-French native speaker)

2. Modelization (4 ECTS)
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o Gilles Frison, Carine Clavaguéra
o Exam :

Specific program at interfaces

Biology and Health (12 ECTS)
1. Chemistry and biology (4 ECTS)
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set)
o Laurence Grimaud, Bastien Nay, Gilles Gasser

2. Total synthesis (4 ECTS)
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o Bastien Nay

3. Experimental project in molecular chemistry and interfaces (4 ECTS)
o 9 session of 4h in research laboratories
o Involved :

Energy and sustainable development (10 ECTS), 3 courses among
1. Two courses among
A. Green chemistry (4 ECTS)
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o Laurence Grimaud, Thibault Cantat, Cédric Tard
B. Environmental chemistry
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o Stéphane Bouchonnet
C. Materials for energy conversion and storage
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o JF Guillemolle (Dpt Physique)

2. Experimental project in Energy and sustainable development (4 ECTS)
o 9 session of 4h in research laboratories

Innovative material for technology – 3 courses among
1. Materials for energy conversion and storage
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
2. Nanomaterial : electronic and energy applications
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o R. Ossikowski (Dpt Physique), Aleix Guell
3. Surfaces molles
o 9 lectures of 2 h / 18h problem set
o D. Querré (? Check if 1rst period)
4. One course among
A. Experimental project in material for technology
o 9 session of 4h in research laboratories
B. Current trends in material science
o 9 lectures of 4 hours
o JW Kim, S. Biermann, T. Gacoin

Internship: 3 to 5 months ( 26 ECTS)


Career prospects


Students who successfully complete our program will have acquired strong analytical skills that are valued in many fields. In particular, they may decide to continue their education by entering a Ph.D. program giving access to:

  • Research, research & development in the higher education system or in public research institutes
  • Executive in the private sector, in particular research engineer in companies requiring high level scientific knowledge, or in companies using methodology inspired by the scientific domains
  • Entrepreneurship for those willing to develop a company project, leant against laboratory research and/or taking benefit from the rich environment offered at Ecole Polytechnique through the X-UP and X-TECH accelerator and incubator programs.
  • Teaching in higher and secondary education.

Involved laboratories



Institutional partners


  • École polytechnique
  • ENSTA Paris
  • Université Paris-Saclay

Industrial partners


The program includes many lectures from industrial partners. The Ecole Polytechnique has a strong history of close relationships with industrial partners, closely related to the very good employability of its students in companies (engineers, PhD students). Students are thus offered many opportunities to achieve their internships in R&D departments from industrial companies.


Chairs and partnerships


IP Paris is conducting a variety of industrial chair programs. Not less than 29 industrial chair programs have indeed been launched recently between companies and research groups from Ecole Polytechnique, some of them being directly related to the present master program. As an example, we may cite the Chair of Saint Gobain and Ecole Polytechnique, which supports some of the activities in materials science.


Admissions


Application guidelines for a master’s program at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

  • Bachelor of Science in chemistry whose program is in adequacy with the prerequisites, specified according to the M1 track.

Language prerequisites

  • B2 level of English is required

Application timeline

Deadlines for the Master application sessions are as follows:
– First session: February 28, 2020
– Second session: April 30, 2020
– Third Session (optional): June 30, 2020 (only if there are availabilities remaining after the 2 first sessions)
Applications not finalized for a session will automatically be carried over to the next session.

You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.


Tuition Fees


National Master: Official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation (2019-2020, EU students: 243 euros / Non-EU students: 3770 euros)


Contact


Thierry Gacoin

Grégory Nocton

Cédric Tard
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