Nanomat Master

The nanophysic and material sciences are currently in the center of numerous researches in various domains as the biology, the chemistry or the physics. The manufacturing of new materials presenting electronic, magnetic, optical properties connected to the extreme miniaturization, presents an increasing development at an international level all over the world.
It is in this context of innovative technologies that Sorbonne University in Paris, the University of Uppsala in Sweden, Antwerp University in Belgium and Roma III University together with laboratories, large scale facilities, institutions and private companies, join to offer the excellent training at a Masters level in material and nano-physics - Nanomat Master.

Nanomat is a research-type M2 program (M2: Master 2nd year) that offers a complete high-level training on the structural and electronic properties of condensed matter and nanostructures. The objective is two-fold: (i) to acquire the theoretical bases allowing a thorough understanding of the materials properties, (ii) to be trained in advanced experimental and numerical investigation methods. The program includes numerous tutorials, laboratories and numerical projects in relation with current scientific topics that can answer to societal challenges (renewable energies, ecology, health, heritage, ...). The addressed topics 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 a large variety of materials and their applications, such as nanostructured materials, 2D materials, thin films, 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.

Nanomat welcomes students enrolled at Sorbonne University, with the support of l'École Polytechnique (l'X), ESPCI and Chimie Paris-Tech. Strong international ties are maintained by the collaboration “Nanomat international master” with the Universities of Uppsala, Antwerp, Bologna and Khatam, allowing the awarding of double diplomas.

Programme structure


The lectures are entirely in English; they are organized in teaching units, called UE for Unité d'Enseignement in French, credited by 3 or 6 ECTS.

First Year of Masters (M1) in Physics or an equvalent.



ECTS Location

Semester 3 (S3)

Common core
-Materials Investigation Methods: experiments and modelling
-Practical works: laboratories and similations (LabS)

6 each Sorbonne University

Basic UE (2 to choose):
- Condensed matter physics level 1:basics 
-Condensed matter physics level 2: magnetism and semiconductors physics
-Condensed matter physics level 3: electronic and transport properties
-Condensed matter chemistry

3 each

Optional (2 to choose):
- Surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures
-Nanoelectronics and devices with molecules and nanoparticles
-Nanostructures for optoelectronics and spintronics
-Advanced condensed matter physics
-Non-crystalline solids and nanomineralogy
-Physics of materials under extreme conditions
-Matériaux pour un monde durable
-Biomatériaux et matériaux pour le vivant
-Revêtements et nanomatériaux supportés
-Propriétés mécaniques des matériaux solides
-Modélisation des propriétés électroniques
-Modélisation multi-échelle des systèmes moléculaires complexes

6 each

Semester 4 (S4)

Research internship* 30 In France or abroad

*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, focused on materials and nanosciences, in France or abroad. Each year, about 200 internship proposals in more than 30 host laboratories are offered to the SMNO-nanomat students



Delphine Cabaret

Massimiliano Marangolo

Responsable administrative

Evelyne Gilbert-Mongeot