M2 Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials

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M2 Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials





The selection and appropriate use of a material requires chemical expertise that draws on knowledge of the material preparation and characterization sectors, and training in interpretation and modeling of the structural and functional properties of materials.

Designed specifically for students taking courses in which chemistry is the predominant subject, the CPCM (Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of Materials) curriculum offers training courses in each of these different sectors.

The content of the teaching program is the result of a general synthesis concerning sustainable development and the use of innovative materials that provide a potential response to new requirements and challenges related to energy and the environment.

The teaching program, comprising lectures, supervised and practical work and case studies, is taught by university lecturers and researchers, but also by personnel from the socio-professional sector.

The practical works and case studies are done in the laboratories of the Multidisciplinary Research Institute for the Environment and Materials (IPREM CNRS UMR 5254), using high-performance and top-level apparatus.

The program also includes modules that prepare students for entering the labour market:

  • Use of English in courses and for writing scientific papers
  • Internships in companies and academic research laboratories


  • Prepare students at an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges in areas of expertise in chemistry, polymers, inorganic chemistry and modeling

  • Develop engineering research skills to engage in quality and successful research,

  • Prepare students for leading positions in industry and government Research and Development departments.

Knowledge and skills

At the end of this program, the students in the «Materials Science and Engineering: Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials master’s degree” will be able to:

  • Prepare materials and samples,

  • Use surface and volume analytical techniques to acquire a good command of materials characterization,

  • Validate, interpret and model experimental results,

  • Write a synthesis report and communicate appropriately with experts,

  • Produce quality research,

  • Carry out a research project.

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Training content

Projects and practical works are carried out in the laboratories of the Multidisciplinary Research Institute for the Environment and Materials (IPREM) on high performance equipment.

The program also includes preparation modules for professional integration, the practice of scientific English as well as internships in companies or in academic research laboratories.

Additionally, the CPCM course offers course units delivered in collaboration with the Universities of Toulouse, Montpellier and Bordeaux as part of the French Theoretical Chemistry Network (RCTF).

Semester 3

Course Title


Materials for energy storage and conversion


Materials: nano materials, bio materials and hybrid materials


Surface chemistry and interfaces


Modelisation of materials with specific properties


Optical properties of materials


Methods and techniques for polymer-based materials synthesis


Natural polymers – biomass valorization (optional)


Project management – industrial property and patents (optional)


Formulation of adhesives (optional)


Theoretical chemistry applied to the study of materials (optional)



Semester 4

Course Title


Internship in research in the fields of polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials, energy, storage and conversion, physical-chemistry, theoretical chemistry



Access condition

English Language Requirements

Applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English has to take a recognized international English test.

 Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English


Concerning the registration fees, the ministerial decree of 19 April 2019 sets the annual amount for non-European students enrolling in a Master's degree at €3770.
However, each French higher education institution has the possibility to partially exempt its students from these tuition fees.

For the year 2020-2021, the UPPA will apply this partial exemption to all non-EU students. Students benefiting from this partial exemption will pay an annual registration fee of 243 euros (2019_2020 price list as an indication)

And after

Job opportunities

Prospects for employment or further study
  • Chemistry 
  • Energy (photovoltaic, batteries, fuel cells, artificial photosynthesis ..)
  • Environment (non-polluting materials, pollution control materials and storage…)
  • Aeronautics (composite materials, surface treatments ...)...
  • Building (thermal and sound insulating coatings ...)
  • Cosmetics & life science
  • Research and Development
  • Research and Innovation Engineer, PhD students
  • Project Manager

  • Senior manager in design and development (design engineer)

  • Senior manager in production (process engineer, production engineer)

  • Senior manager responsible for quality operations or even production management

  • Technical Director (R & D)

  • Teacher-researcher (possible at the end of a doctorate.)



Person in charge

BILLON Laurent

Responsable M1 CPCM

Phone :

Email : laurent.billon @ univ-pau.fr

BEGUE Didier

Responsable M2 CPCM

Phone :

Email : didier.begue @ univ-pau.fr

Administrative contact(s)

Secrétariat de chimie ETCHEBERRY Sandrine

Phone :

Email : secretariat-chimie @ univ-pau.fr

More info

Type of education

  • Initial training
  • Ongoing training
  • Foreign students

Internship Mandatory (4-5 months)

From October 26, 2020 to April 19, 2021

Teaching start
September 1, 2021

Partner laboratories