The Nanochemistry track aims at providing a complete overview from the elaboration to the applications of a large variety of nanoobjects.

It is accessible to students having a Bachelor in Chemistry. For direct admission in 2nd year see admission requirements. The programm also welcomes

The first year in nanochemistry provides a basic knowledge in solid-state and coordination chemistry, surfaces, thin films, electro-chemistry and materials science, while student can broaden their field of interest in chemistry of polymers, magnetism, molecular electronics, and physics of 2D materials.

The second year provides specific core courses focused on the elaboration of nano-objects using the bottom-up strategy. In this approach, the control over the objects’ size, shape and dimensionality is achieved by the choice of the chemical precursors and/or of the reactions conditions such as solvent, pH, temperature, etc... The reduction in size indeed leads to specific physical, mechanical, chemical and biological properties as exemplified below:

  • the nanoobjects allow to finely explore the quantum regime of any physical properties. They are indeed often much different from their classical equivalent. The introduction of nanoparticles in polymers deeply modify their mechanical behavior leading to original composites;
  • in (electro)catalysis, the reduction in size modifies the activity because of both the enhancement of the surface-to-volume ratio and the alteration of the electronic structure of the material;
  • nanoparticles appears as promising candidates for controlled drug delivery for example.
By the choice of her/his broadening courses, the students will choose which type of applications she/he wants to focus on.

Formation through research

In addition to their academic courses students perform a 2 months research internship in May and June of their 1st year, credited 6 ECTS. They can choose to continue this research activity in the 1st semester of the 2nd year, by choosing the Research Training elective. Finally the whole 2nd semester of the M2 is devoted to a master thesis, prepared during a minimum of 5 months internship in a top-level research team.
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Detailed curriculum

First year Nanochemistry 60 ECTS

Second year spring semester 30 ECTS