Master degrees in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies
Systems with at least one dimension in the sub-micron or nanometer scale have specific properties that are exploited in many domains. Some of them have reached a level of maturity sufficient for large-scale applications. The production and understanding of such systems is based on an inherently multidisciplinary approach. Because of their complementarity, Grenoble laboratories played a pioneering role from both the point of view of research and training. This led to the introduction of a Master's degree, associated with the Erasmus Mundus program. Combined with other bilateral agreements, this gives to this master program a strong international anchoring. As a result, all second year lectures as well as some first year teaching units are done in English. The mention Nanotechnology offers four interdigitated tracks. Two of them are specifically adapted for students who have obtained a degree in biology, chemistry/biology, chemistry or physics/chemistry.
The training is spread over two years. It aims to provide the tools in terms of synthesis and characterization of systems at the nanoscale. The first year makes it possible to acquire a common base of knowledge, particularly in the field of materials. The optional teaching units then allow everyone to develop more specific skills depending on the field in which the student wishes to orientate himself. The first semester of the second year follows the same logic, the optional teaching units allow to strengthen the bridges with the other courses in particular to reinforce the concepts that will be used during the second semester internship.
Many biological objects are intrinsically on the sub-micrometer or nanometer scale. The two-year program of the nanobiology track teaches students the most modern techniques for conceiving and studying such objects. We present these methods and concepts in the context fundamental science as well as applications to biotechnology and human health. The first year is specifically tailored to students with a life-sciences background with several courses dedicated to refresh or acquire the basic concepts and skills in mathematics and physics needed to understand the complex physical properties of biological systems. At the end of the first year, the students are ready to tackle interdisciplinary projects. The second year offers general interest courses, but also a choice of specialization classes addressing different subject of nanobiology, such as the development of biosensors or biomedical devices, microfluidics, single-cell manipulation,... One particularity of the second year is a very strong interaction with the Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP).