Master : Materials and Nanosciences

Specialism : Formulation of Materials and Functionalization of Surfaces

The Masters in “Materials and Nanosciences” is a regional training course on the co-accredited sites of the University of Strasbourg (Unistra) and the University of Haute Alsace (UHA) – Mulhouse.

The specialism “Formulation of Materials and Functionalization of Surfaces” is offered on the campus of the University of Haute Alsace – Mulhouse at the Faculty of Science and Technology in partnership with the National School of Chemistry of Mulhouse (ENSCMu).

 

Training – Objectives

The specialism “Formulation of Materials and Functionalization of Surfaces” aims to train specialised engineers (specialist engineers and/or researchers) with advanced and interdisciplinary training in the field of advanced materials formulation (colloidal and polymer systems formulation) and surface functionalization processes, the physical chemistry of surfaces – interfaces

At the end of the training, graduates will master the development and formulation of materials with controlled architecture and chemistry and will be able to functionalize surfaces in order to design materials with specific properties.

Capable of organising and supervising the design, formulation and physico-chemical characterisation of materials, they will be able to fully manage research on materials in an industrial or academic environment in order to respond to advanced societal technological and scientific issues and challenges in the growing sector of innovative and functional materials.

The aim of this teaching combining sound basic knowledge, training on high-tech equipment and a culture of industrial and socio-economic realities is to ensure a successful integration into the world of work and future career path.

 

Opportunities

The objective is to train young graduates capable of integrating into the economic and social fabric with a specialisation in the sector of innovative and functional materials.

They will occupy a management role – engineer in R&D, production and quality control departments for numerous industrial sectors such as :

  • the formulation of functional materials (paints, varnishes and inks, concrete, composites, adhesives, detergents, galenic formulations, cosmetics and food processing),
  • surface functionalization processes in the field of new technologies responding to emerging needs (energy, catalysis, nanotechnology, bio-materials, bio-technology, etc.)

After the master’s degree they will also have the opportunity to pursue PhD studies in France and abroad and to move towards academic research in Materials Science.

Teaching

To ensure successful integration into the world of work and future career path, the training is focused on :

  • aHigh-level interdisciplinary scientific education in materials sciencewith the addition of teaching units directly linked to applications in various industrial and/or fundamental disciplines. A wide choice of more specific teaching units offered allow the student to choose the pathway of their course, either “Formulation” or “Functionalization“ ;
  • a practical and highly technical  training course : development, formulation and characterization of materials in M1 (96 hours of practical work) with the addition in M2 of practical work (72 hours) in formulation – functionalization and advanced characterizations on research platforms ;
  • aCulture of industrial and socio-economic realities (M2) : Predictive management, Security, Corporate law, Marketing, Quality control, Industrial property, etc.
  • an “Open innovation and R&D in industry” course (offered by the Henry Tudor Centre – Luxembourg),
  • Industrial conferences : Dow Chemical, BASF, PPG-Coatings, Weleda, L’Oreal, Coatex, …
  • aTraining in communication, tools and bibliographic study,
  • scientific English courses,
  • Support for the preparation and the development of Internships (minimum 2 months of internship in M1 and 5 to 6 months in M2)
  • The internship is undertaken in a company or an academic research laboratory, and deals with a materials” challenge.
  • An industrial internship is strongly recommended and facilitated by a strong and structured network of partners (70 companies) at regional, national and international level who regularly offer internships.
Cursus details

Masters 1st Year :

1st Semester (S7) : Fundamental knowledge, common core of all the specialisms of the Masters in Materials (Unistra-UHA)

  • Teaching Unit in Identification, comprehension of materials (72 hours – 6 ECTS),
  • Teaching Unit in Characterisation of materials (72 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • Teaching Unit in Quantum mechanics (32 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • Teaching Unit in Statistical Physics (32 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • Teaching Unit in Materials Practical Work (48 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • Opening Teaching Unit (library, (20 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • 2 Teaching Units to choose from :
  • Organic and supramolecular chemistry (24 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • Inorganic chemistry and coordination (24 hours – 3 ECTS)
  • Properties of materials (24 hours – 3 ECTS)
  • English teaching unit (20 hours – 3 ECTS),

 

2nd Semester (S8) : Start of specialisation

  • Teaching Unit in Experimental Strategy (24 hours – 3 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit in Practical work of elaboration and characterization of materials (48 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • English teaching unit (20 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • The student chooses the focus of their training by choosing 3 Teaching Units from the following :
  • Teaching Unit in Introduction to formulation (24 hours – 3 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit in Elements of biology and toxicology (24 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • Teaching Unit in Large Surface Materials (24 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • Teaching Unit in Photomaterials – Properties of nano-objects (24 hours – 3 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit – Internship either in laboratory or in industry (8 weeks minimum) (9 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit in Preparation and Development of Internship (3 ECTS)

 

Masters 2nd year :

The courses are grouped together in the first semester, with the second semester being entirely devoted to the internship.

1st Semester (S9) :

  • Teaching Unit in Thermodynamics and Chemical Physics on the surface and interfaces (28 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • Teaching Unit in Physico-chemistry of macromolecules (28 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • Teaching Unit in Open Innovation and R&D in industry (24 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • EU Knowledge of the company (24 hours – 3 ECTS),
  • 3 Specialised Teaching Units to choose from :
  • Teaching Unit in Formulation and bio-applications (3 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit in Rheology and loaded materials (3 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit in Formulation of polymeric materials (3 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit in Bio-functionalized and bio-functional surfaces (3 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit in Functionalized materials for the environment energy and catalysis (3 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit in Interaction surfaces – Nano-objects : functional assembly and self assembly (3 ECTS)
  • Development and Characterisation (24 hours of teaching + 48 hours of practical work on research platform) to choose from :
  • Advanced Formulation (3 ECTS)
  • Functionalization – advanced characterisations (3 ECTS)
  • English teaching unit (20 hours – 3 ECTS),

 

2nd Semester (S10) :

  • Teaching Unit – Internship either in laboratory or in industry (5 months minimum) (27 ECTS)
  • Teaching Unit in Preparation and Development of Internship (3 ECTS)

Contacts / Information

Head of Masters and M2
Pr Dominique BERLING
Email dominique.berling@uha.fr
Tel. 03 89 60 87 33

Head of M1
Dr. Laurent VONNA
Email laurent.vonna@uha.fr
Tel. 03 89 60 87 18

FST education
emailsylvie.munch@uha.fr
Tel. 03 89 33 62 05

Admission

In 1st year

  • Any student holding a degree in science (Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Sciences, etc.) or an equivalent diploma, from France or abroad
  • Access on grades submitted to the authorisation of the admissions committee

In 2nd year

  • Students having completed one year equivalent to our M1 at another university or holders of a Master’s degree in Materials, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Sciences or equivalent degree, from France or abroad.
  • Selection on the basis of grades and an individual interview
  • Registration for the specialism in the second year of the Masters is granted by the admissions commission on the basis of grades.

Enrolment

Students residing in the European area

Faculty of Sciences and Technologies
18 rue des frères Lumiere, 68093 Mulhouse Cedex
03 89 33 62 05
sylvie.munch@uha.fr
http://www.fst.uha.fr/materiaux

Students residing in a country with “CEF procedure”

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