This new  specialization will open in september 2021.

The M2 track "Nano Soft" is focused on soft and complex micro-nano-systems whose self-organization capabilities, fluctuating dynamics, and sometimes active properties, lead to specific and surprising effects at the nanoscale, and have enormous potential for innovation in materials science and engineering.

The track is accessible to students who have completed the first year of the master Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies, preferentially the Soft-bio M1 track. For the year 2021-2022, the track will be accessible to the students of the M1 nanophysics track, with electives courses chosen in the domain of soft matter. It is also accessible directly to students having a 1st year of master or a 4-year bachelor in physics, chemical engineering, materials, applied mechanics.

This track provides a broad expertise in fundamental physics, mechanics, chemistry, and surfaces science as well as experimental skills with top-equipment and cutting-edge techniques for the characterization of soft nanostructures, still emphasizing the importance of numerical and modelling tools. It prepares to a career in fundamental research or R&D departments of industries. The broad scientific scope is appreciated in a wide range of industrial domains.

During the first semester, an advanced program in statistical mechanics, complex fluids and materials is complemented by an experimental training in the nano-facilities of the Grenoble area. A choice of elective courses covering various fields such as machine learning,  nanomechanics, nano-pores and membranes technologies, computational nano-materials, nano-structures for energy, allows students to focus in depth into their preferred direction. The second semester is devoted to the master thesis realized during a full time research internship of 5 months minimum from February to June, in a research institute, academic or industrial.