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Program details

M2 Molecular Chemistry and Interfaces : courses and information

Basic structure

MOD1 MOD2 MOD3 MOD4 MOD5 Courses
Organic Chemistry Organometallic Chemistry & Catalysis Supramolecular Chemistry Chemistry and Biology Chemistry for optoelectronics 01/09-30/01
Conferences: Management and Innovation, 0 ECTS  
Literature Project, 3 ECTS Literature
Experimental project in molecular chemistry (in industry or in a university), 30 ECTS Exp. Proj.

- From Mid September till the end of January: a teaching of 27 ECTS structured around five modules: a module of organic chemistry (MOD1), a module of organometallic chemistry and catalysis (MOD2), a module of supra- and macromolecular chemistry (MOD3), a module of chemistry at the interface with biology (MOD4) and a module at the interface with optoelectronics (MOD5). The choice will be given to students either to follow all modules or to replace one of the last two modules (MoD4 or MoD5) by a literature project (5 ECTS) on a topic related to the research project that will be performed after January.

-From Mid January (or early February) till the end of June: 1 experimental internship in academia or industry in the field of molecular chemistry (30 ECTS).

- 1 literature project (required to obtain the diploma) will be undertaken in parallel to the courses (3 ECTS).


Module 1 - Organic Chemistry : 6 ECTS (53,5 hours of courses +tutorial classes to be divided between the courses)
Coordinator: Yvan six
This module focuses on organic synthesis. Built on the foundations of the first year of the master program, it expands on advanced concepts (diastereoselectivity, enantioselectivity, chemistry of the main functional groups, retrosynthesis…). These notions are illustrated by various examples and important applications are introduced. The importance of understanding reaction mechanisms is also emphasized.
1- Asymmetric synthesis (how to create asymmetry) (11H) 1.2 ECTS- Jérôme Hannedouche (UPSud, Orsay)
2- Radical chemistry and its applications (11H) 1.2 ECTS- Samir Zard (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau)
3- Heterochemistry (Main group elements Si, P, B) (10H) 1.2 ECTS- Didier Bourissou (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
4- Heterocyclic chemistry (11H) 1.2 ECTS- Laurent El Kaim (ENSTA, Palaiseau), Jean-Pierre Vors (Bayer)
5- Retrosynthesis/Strategies and tactics for the synthesis of natural and biologically active compounds : principles of retrosynthesis, total  synthesis and their application (10H) 1.2 ECTS- 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) 1 ECTS- Gilles Frison (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau)
2- Coordination chemistry (complexes, ligands) (10H) 1 ECTS- Nicolas Mézailles (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
3- Organometallics and metal-catalyzed coupling reactions (Li, Mg, Cu, Zn, Pd, Cu....) (23H) 2 ECTS - Audrey Auffrant, Corinne Gosmini, and Yvan Six (Ecole Polytechnique)
4- Catalysis for energy efficiency and sustainability in the chemical industry (12H) 1 ECTS- Thibault Cantat (UPSud Orsay)
5- New methods in catalysis (organocatalysis, C-H activation, photocatalysis, ...) (11H) 1 ECTS- Géraldine Masson (ICSN, Gif/Yvette)

Module 3 - Supramolecular Chemistry & Macromolecular Chemistry (5 ECTS)
(67 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) 2 ECTS- Nicolas Bogliotti (ENS Saclay), Gregory Nocton (Ecole Polytechnique), Duncan Carmichael (Ecole Polytechnique)
2- Molecular modeling of large molecules (25H) 1,5 ECTS -Gilles Ohanessian (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau), Carine Clavaguera (Université d’Orsay), Fabien Cailliez (Université d'Orsay)
3- Supramolecular polymer chemistry (12H) 1,5 ECTS - 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- Bioinorganic chemistry (12H) 1 ECTS- Frédéric Avenier (UPSud, Orsay)
2- Chemical Biology (12H) 1.25 ECTS- Boris Vauzeilles (UPSud, Orsay)
3- Photocontrol of biological process (12H) 1.25 ECTS- Joanne Xie (ENS Saclay)
4- Biopolymers (proteins + ADN) (12H) 1.25 ECTS - Pierre-Yves Renard (Université de Rouen)

Module 5 - Chemistry for Optoelectronics (5 ECTS) (48 h, courses +tutorial classes to be divided between the courses)
Coordinator: Fabien Miomandre
1- Conducting molecular materials (12H) 1.5 ECTS- Narcis Avarvari (Université d’Angers)
2- From Molecule to the Optoelectronic devices (12H) - Gael Zucchi et Abderahim Yassar (Ecole Polytechnique)
3- Switchable molecular materials (24H) 2 ECTS- Fabien Miomandre, Keitaro Nakatani et Pierre Audebert (ENS Cachan)

Conferences and seminars in industry, management and innovation) (12 H) - J. Funel, M. Gizzi,...

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.