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Material sciences and nano-objects-nanomat

French version here.


SMNO-Nanomat is a research-type M2 program (M2: Master 2nd year), offering a complete high-level training on the structural and electronic properties of condensed matter and nanostructures.


The objective is not only to acquire the theoretical bases allowing a thorough understanding of the materials properties, but also to be trained in advanced experimental and numerical investigation methods, in relation with current scientific topics that can answer to societal challenges (renewable energies, ecology, health, heritage). These themes concern optics, electronics, spintronics, superconductivity, correlated systems, physical chemistry of solids and high-density liquids, exploration of planetary interiors, interaction with the environment, etc. They cover several types of materials and their applications, such as nanostructured materials, 2D materials, thin layers, materials for energy, materials under extreme conditions, glasses, minerals and cultural heritage materials, with a systematic focus on the microscopic phenomena at the origin of their macroscopic properties.


The teaching semester in English consists of a series of courses, practical work and digital and bibliographic projects, designed in a coherent and coordinated way, allowing to acquire a solid base of knowledge to realize in the best conditions, starting from February, a full-time research internship in public or private sector research units.


SMNO welcomes students enrolled at Sorbonne University, with the support of École Polytechnique, ESPCI and Chimie Paris-Tech.


A strong international anchorage is ensured by the collaboration "Nanomat international master" with the Universities of Uppsala and Antwerp, allowing the issuance of double diplomas.


A partnership with the Master of Chemistry allows the exchange of teaching units (UE).


COURSE PROGRAM (from September to January)


The implementation of a new course program, entirely in English, is scheduled for the next academic year 2019-2020.



A standard pedagogical contract at 30 ECTS includes:


2 basic UEs of 3 ECTS to be chosen from 4:

    • Condensed matter physics level 1

    • Condensed matter physics level 2: magnetism and semiconductors physics

    • Condensed matter physics level 3: correlated material physics

    • Condensed matter chemistry


1 common core of 2 UEs of 6 ECTS:

    • Fundamental aspects and applications of different experimental and numerical methods of materials (MIM)

        - Diffraction, microscopy, local and non-local spectroscopies

        - Functional theory of density, molecular dynamics, meta dynamics

    • Practical works including laboratories and numerical projects (LabS), applying the fundamental concepts dealt with in the core and basic UEs, in relation with the "materials" thematic addressed in the optional UEs.


2 optional UEs of 6 ECTS, to be chosen from 12 (including 5 of the Master of Chemistry):

    • Surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures

    • Molecules and nanoparticles for electronics

    • Nanostructures for optoelectronics and spintronics

    • Advanced condensed matter physics

    • Physics of macroscopic interfaces

    • Non-crystalline solids and Nano mineralogy

    • Physics of materials under extreme conditions

    • Materials for a sustainable world (5C601)

    • Biomaterials and materials for the living (5C602)

    • Coatings and Nano supported materials (5C612)

    • Quantum chemistry (5C208)

    • Multi-scale modeling of complex molecular systems (5C209)




The second semester of the M2 consists of a 5-6 months compulsory internship (30 ECTS), full time in a research unit of the public or industrial sector, concerned by materials and Nano sciences, in France or abroad.

Each year, about 200 internship proposals in more than 30 host laboratories are offered to the SMNO-nanomat students.


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    Responsables du parcours

    Delphine CABARET (delphine.cabaret @

    01 44 27 74 52

    Max MARANGOLO (marangolo @

    01 44 27 52 30


    Contact administratif

    Valérie BOILLEVIN (valerie.boillevin @

    01 44 27 48 77


    Dossier spécifique de candidature 2019-2020 (à télécharger prochainement) : PFD, DOC.



    Prof. Delphine CABARET (delphine.cabaret @ (IMPMC)

    +33 1 44 27 74 52

    Prof. Max MARANGOLO (max.marangolo @ (INSP)

    +33 1 44 27 52 30



    Valérie BOILLEVIN (valerie.boillevin @

    +33 1 44 27 48 77


    Application file for 2019-2020 (not yet available): PDF, DOC.