Practical Trainings at the master N2

le 4 novembre 2014

Since septembre 2012, the master Nanoscience & Nanotechology of the UJF has developed high-tech Practical Trainings on the unique reseach facilities in nanosciences of the Grenoble environment, available for the training of 1st year  students.

"Don't look at your screen ! The brain and the eye get more acute perceptions if you look directly in the objective of your microscope". In the dark room of the CUBE facility, 1st year students of the master Nano listen to the explanations of Emmanuelle Planus, Professor of biology at the Université Joseph Fourier.  After marking the cytoskeleton of mice cells with fluorescent probes, and setting the cells on a textured surface, the students are going to observe them on a fluorescence microscope. It is  their second session of Practicals, the session "Nano-Biotechnology".

At the cross-section between three disciplines.  Two multidisciplinary Practical Trainings have been developped on three nano-facilities of the UJF, (CUBE(1), CIME-Nanotech(2) and the Analytical Chemistry Facility (). The first Practical, named "Nanochemistry and Nano-characterization", trains students to the elaboration and the characterization of colloidal suspensions of silver and gold nano-particules. "We wanted to make students aware that nanosciences are at the cross-roads of three disciplines, chemistry, biology and physics", says Hermann Sellier, Professor of physics at UJF, who developped the Practicals with Fabien Dubois, Professor of chemistry.

Unique experimental facilities. Preparing these Practicals required important interdisciplinary effort from the four Professors who teach them. "We had to invent a common language and prepare courses together. As far as I know we are the only university in France to propose this type of Practicals" says Florence Marchi, Professor of physics, "This stems from the commitment of UJF to build top-level experimental facilities to train students, meeting the level of excellence of the Grenoble environment in research." The objective is to favor a rapid transfer of the latest scientific and technological advances. Thanks to these top-quality experimental facilities, students get access to the same equipment as the one used in the research labs. At CUBE, they work under sterile hoods, manipulate living cells that they observe in epi-fluorescence microscopy. At CIME, they are trained on the more recents Atomic Force Microscopes. The success of these Practical Trainings has become so great that they will be reproduced for the School ESONN, the international School in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology held in Grenoble each year, which is attended by young researchers from the entire world. 

(1)CUBE: Centre universitaire de biologie expérimentale
(2)CIME-Nanotech: Centre inter-universitaire de micro-électronique et de nanotechnologies