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 chemistry (organic, organometallic, coordination, mineral, supramolecular chemistry…), 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…


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.


For the first year, the Master’s program in chemistry is based on background courses to which are added courses from three main tracks. :

  • Biology and health
  • Energy and sustainable development
  • Innovative materials for technology

The first M1 year provides access to the second year (M2) that can be chosen between two different tracks:

  • Molecular chemistry and Interfaces
  • Materials Chemistry and Interfaces

Scientific projects and practicals are proposed all over the two master years in close relationship with researchers and PhD students from the laboratories involved in the master program. The program includes an internship (4 to 6 months) at the end of each academic year (M1 and M2). These internships may be achieved in the laboratories of IP Paris or in academic partners or in industrial R&D departments of companies.


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



  • École polytechnique
  • ENSTA Paris
  • Université Paris-Saclay


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.


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.


Academic Prerequisites
For admissions in the first year (M1), a Bachelor of Science in chemistry whose program is in adequacy with the prerequisites, specified according to the M1 track .
For admissions in the second year (M2), students must have validated a first year of a Master’s degree in chemistry or materials science. Students entering the last year of an engineering schoolmay also apply to the M2 program. In both cases, they must have validated courses whose program is in adequacy with the prerequisites, specified according to the M2 track.

Language prerequisites
Specified in each M1 or M2 track (French or English).


Laurent El Kaïm – Molecular chemistry
Corinne Gosmini – organometallic chemistry, catalysis
Guilhem Dezanneau – solid state chemistry, energy
Thierry Gacoin – materials chemistry / solid state chemistry
Gregory Nocton – organometallic chemistry
Stéphane Bouchonnet – environnemental chemistry / analytical chemistry
Joanne Xie – PPSM, ENS Paris-saclay- organic and bio-organic chemistry
Frédéric Avenier – UPSud, Orsay