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Program details

M2 Molecular Chemistry and Interfaces : courses and information

Basic structure

September - December: a mandatory teaching of 27 ECTS structured around 5  modules, plus a literature project to be undertaken in parallel to the courses (3 ECTS). Attendance to a series of seminars given by experts working in academia or in industry in domains related to molecular chemistry. From mid-January or early February until the end of June: an experimental internship project in academia or industry, in France or abroad, in the field of molecular chemistry (30 ECTS).


Module 1 - Organic Chemistry : 6 ECTS (53 hours of courses +tutorial classes to be divided between the courses)
Coordinator: Yvan six
A module on organic synthesis builds on the foundations of the first year of the master program (diastereoselectivity, enantioselectivity, chemistry of the main functional groups and retrosynthesis).
1- Asymmetric synthesis (how to create asymmetry) (11H)- Jérôme Hannedouche (UPSud, Orsay)
2- Radical chemistry and its applications (11H) - Samir Zard (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau)
3- Heterochemistry (Main group elements Si, P, B) (10H) - Didier Bourissou (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
4- Heterocyclic chemistry (11H) - Laurent ElKaim (ENSTA, Palaiseau)
5- Retrosynthesis/Strategies and tactics for the synthesis of natural and biologically active compounds : principles of retrosynthesis, total  synthesis and their application (10H) - Bastien Nay (Museum d’histoire naturelle, Paris)

Module 2 - Organometallic Chemistry & Catalysis (6 ECTS) (66 hours of courses +tutorial classes to be divided between the courses)
Coordinator: Corinne Gosmini
A module centered on coordination, organometallic chemistry and catalysis that completes the courses in M1 on the same topics.
1- Theoretical approaches to transition metal compounds (10H) - Gilles Frison (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau)
2- Coordination chemistry (complexes, ligands) (10H) - Nicolas Mézailles (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
3- Fundamentals in organometallic chemistry (Li, Mg, Cu, Zn ….) (11H) - Yvan Six (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau)
4- Bioinorganic chemistry (12H) - Frédéric Avenier (UPSud, Orsay)
5- Transition metal catalyzed coupling reactions (Pd, Cu, Ni, Fe, Ru,Co) (12H) - Audrey Auffrant et Corinne Gosmini (Ecole Polytechnique)
6- New methods in catalysis (organocatalysis, C-H activation, photocatalysis, ...) (11H) - Géraldine Masson (ICSN, Gif/Yvette)

Module 3 - Supramolecular Chemistry & Macromolecular Chemistry (5 ECTS) (57 hours of courses +tutorial classes to be divided between the courses)
Coordinator: Gilles Ohanessian
An advanced module centered on the structures and functions of large molecules and assemblies.
1- Supramolecular chemistry ( catenanes, rotaxanes…) (30H) - Nicolas Bogliotti (ENS Saclay), Gregory Nocton (Ecole Polytechnique), Duncan Carmichael (Ecole Polytechnique)
2- Molecular modeling of large molecules (15H) -Gilles Ohanessian (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau), Carine Clavaguera (Université d’Orsay)
3- Supramolecular polymer chemistry (12H) - Laurent Bouteiller (UPMC, Paris)

Module 4 - Chemistry and Biology (5 ECTS) (48 hours of courses +tutorial classes to be divided between the courses)
Coordinator: Joanne Xie
1- Medicinal chemistry (12H) - Jacques Alexis Funel (Actelion)
2- Glycobiology / Chemical Biology (12H) - Boris Vauzeilles (UPSud, Orsay)
3- Photocontrol of biological process (12H) - Joanne Xie (ENS Saclay)
4- Biopolymers (proteins + ADN) (12H) - Pierre-Yves Renard (Université de Rouen)

Module 5 - Chemistry for Optoelectronics (5 ECTS) (44 h, courses +tutorial classes to be divided between the courses)
Coordinator: Fabien Miomandre
1- Conducting molecular materials (12H) - Narcis Avarvari (Université d’Angers)
2- From the Molecule to the Optoelectronic device (12H) - Gael Zucchi et Abderahim Yassar
3- Switching molecular materials (20H) - Fabien Miomandre (ENS Cachan)

+ Conférences and seminars in industry, management and innovation) (12 H)

Diploma requirements
The 5 chemistry modules, the literature project, and the expiratmental project are compulsory to obtain the International Master in Molecular Chemistry diploma from the University of Paris-Saclay.