M2 Inorganic, Physical and Solid Chemistry

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The study of the world at the molecular level, where peculiar laws hold sway, allows us to better understand our macroscopic world. The main scientific objective of this modular programme is to impart the fundamental knowledge essential to an in-depth understanding of complex molecular systems (synthetic or of biological origin) of molecular-based materials and nano-objects, in order to meet today's challenges in the fields of health, energy, environment and information. The main areas addressed in this Master's 2 programme in Inorganic, Physical and Solid Chemistry (CHIPS) are the following:
(i) concepts of synthesis; physical and chemical properties and spectroscopic and imaging characterisations at different macroscopic; nanoscopic and molecular scales of inorganic systems,
(ii) understanding and modeling of molecular properties (structure, spectroscopies, kinetics, dynamics, thermodynamics, reactivity), with particular emphasis on the exploitation of the synergy "theory & simulations" / experiments,
(iii) the manipulation of chemical and physical-chemical phenomena on small scales of time and/or space.
This entirely modular program gives students the freedom to build a customised course according to their preferences. It is also interdisciplinary and relies heavily on the proximity of the major instruments and technological platforms installed in the southern crescent of the Ile de France (SOLEIL, Elyse, Tandem accelerators, CLIO, microscopy platform). It is backed by the tremendous, world-famous research potential of Université Paris-Saclay's chemistry and physics laboratories. This programme also aims to develop skills in leading research projects, working in a team, and transmitting knowledge and skills. The concepts of innovation and creation are explored, along with those of law and intellectual property.

Course Prerequisites

1st year Master's students in Chemistry, preferably with a Physical Chemistry angle, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Materials

  • Prepare for the profession of researcher in the fields of inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and solid-state chemistry.

  • Find out about and document a problem through proficient use of research tools and databases, bibliographic data in particular.

  • Communicate information and results to different audiences through the ability to describe a protocol and structure results.

  • Develop a strategy to design, prepare and analyse new molecules, new molecular architectures and new solids with targeted physical and chemical properties, in compliance with hygiene and safety rules, standards and good handling practices.

  • Use a set of spectroscopic and structural analysis techniques to characterise and identify new molecules and solids.

  • Put methodological, experimental and theoretical knowledge and skills into action to develop a scientific approach in inorganic chemistry, chemistry-physics, solid-state chemistry, establish a work plan, or learn about phenomena and properties.

Post-graduate profile

Upon completing this programme, graduates come out with varied profiles, depending on the paths chosen during the course and the direction in which they have steered their studies. The core common syllabus covers a wide range of transversal skills relating to management of research projects, teamwork, transmission of knowledge and skills, notions of innovation and introduction to law and intellectual property. The disciplines covered in inorganic, physical, theoretical and solid chemistry cover a wide and nuanced spectrum of skills, paving the way to fundamental and/or applied chemistry in the fields of health, energy, the environment and information.

Career prospects

The vast majority of graduates go on to a doctoral programme. They successfully apply for funding for a variety of theses, both in France and abroad (MENRT, CIFRE, Ile-de-France Region, Présidence de l'Université, Doctor-engineer scholarship, ANR, etc.). After a thesis, they enter the research sector as researchers, university lecturers or engineers, either in the public domain or in private R&D laboratories. With its emphasis on interdisciplinary Chemistry - Physics, this programme also allows graduates to apply to train as tertiary-level teachers and certified teachers in physics and chemistry.


Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d'Orsay
Laboratoire Aimé Cotton
Laboratoire de Chimie Physique
Institut de chimie moléculaire et des matériaux d'Orsay
Institut Lavoisier de Versailles
Laboratoire Interactions, Dynamiques et Lasers - DRF/IRAMIS
Laboratoire Analyse et Modélisation pour la Biologie et l'Environnement
Photophysique et Photochimie Supramoléculaires et Macromoléculaires
Institut des Sciences des Plantes de Paris-Saclay
Nanosciences et Innovation pour les Matériaux, la Biomédecine et l'Energie - DRF/IRAMIS
Matériaux et santé
Institut d'astrophysique spatiale
Institut photonique d'analyse non-destructive européen des matériaux anciens.


5 UEs de 6 ECTS à choisir parmi un panel de 15 UEs, avec diverses colorations (chimie inorganique, chimie théorique, chimie physique, chimie du solide, chimie analytique, chimie à l'interface avec la biologie).

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Techniques spectroscopiques appliquées aux biomolécules - UPSay 6 8 7 36
Spectroscopies de systèmes complexes 6 36 10
Plateforme analytique (RMN, spectroscopies, spectrométrie de masse) 6 36 3 12
Physique et Chimie des Surfaces et fonctionnalisation 6 18 12 12
Nanomatériaux et chimie de surface 6 15 5 20 3
Molecular modeling 6 22 14
Méthodes électrochimiques 6 48 12
Matériaux multi-fonctionnels poreux, hybrides et moléculaires 6 40
Magnétisme moléculaire, du solide et électronique de spin 6 40
Grands instruments, plateformes expérimentales : spectroscopies et analyse 6 24 12
Elaboration des solides 6 24 12
UE d'ouverture 6 72
Chimie théorique - Approche personnalisée de la recherche 6 40
Chimie de coordination pour l'énergie et l'environnement 6 40
Chemistry for optoelectronics 6 32 8

Le semestre 2 est dédié à l'acquisition de compétences transverses et au stage de recherche.

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Stage 21 8
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Projet bibliographique. Droit, propriété intellectuelle, valorisation et innovation. 3 8 9 5
Mise en situation "mini-projet" 6
Modalités de candidatures
Application period
From 15/01/2020 to 30/06/2020
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Motivation letter.

  • All transcripts of the years / semesters validated since the high school diploma at the date of application.

Additional supporting documents
  • VAP file (obligatory for all persons requesting a valuation of the assets to enter the diploma).

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