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Nanoscale Engineering

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The Nanoscale Engineering program is dedicated to a mul�disciplinary and interna�onal approach and it is suited equally well for students planning an academic or an industrial career. The two‐year curriculum provides both the theore�cal basis and the prac�cal exper�se in all fields related to the fabrica�on, the characteriza�on and the design of nanoscale structures and systems. The program benefits from support by the technological pla�orms of three key laboratories in Lyon, as well as by major corpora�ons in the Rhone‐Alpes region. The annual student fee amounts to about 500 €, which is the standard rate for a Master in France and includes health insurance. Courses start in September each year and the applica�on deadline is the 31st of May for non‐EEA ci�zens and the first of July for EEA ci�zens.

Overview of the Master Program
The en�re curriculum is taught in English. The Nanoscale Engineering master is a two‐year program corresponding to 120 ECTS credits. Students receive a universal and profound training in physics, materials science and electronics at the nanoscale, but also in nanobiotechnology. Elec�ve courses can be followed by the students in their desired area of specializa�on and/or to broaden their horizons. A key educa�onal concept of the program is that each student is immersed in a high‐quality research environment for at least half of the �me in the curriculum. Throughout the academic year, lab prac�cals and projects are carried out in research ins�tu�ons that par�cipate in the program, and thesis projects are undertaken in research laboratories or in nanotechnology companies. In addi�on to the scien�fic and technological aspects, ethical issues and the societal impact of nanotechnology, as well as business considera�ons, are addressed in specialized seminars and courses.

Structure of the Curriculum
The program is divided into six modules: ‣ Core Modules These courses impart the fundamental knowledge in the nanotechnology field applied to physics, electronics, op�cs, materials science and biotechnology. Students are required to follow at least twelve courses from the subsequent list (obligatory modules are preassigned to specific core slots): Introduc�on to Nanoengineering (core 1) • Micro‐ and Nano‐ fabrica�on, part 1 (core 2) and part 2 (core 8) • Characteri‐ za�on Tools for Nanostructures (core 3) • Biomolecules, Cells, and Biomime�c Systems (core 4) • Basics of Physics (core 5 for non‐physicists) • Solid State Physics at the Nanoscale (core 5‐7) • Physics of Semiconductors, part 1 (core 5‐7) and part 2 (core 9‐12) • Con�nuum Mechanics (core 5‐7) • Physical Chemistry and Molecular Interac�ons (core 5‐7) • Nano‐Op�cs and Biophotonics (core 9‐12) • Quantum Engineering (core 9‐12) • Surface‐Analysis Methods (core 9‐12) • Micro‐ and Nanofluidics (core 9‐12) • Biosensors and Biochips (core 9‐12) • Computer Modeling of Nanoscale Systems (core 9‐12) ‣ Elec�ve Modules These courses cover a wide range of nanotechnology‐related disciplines and thus allow the students to specialize according to their preferences as well as to broaden their exper�se. At least five courses from the following list have to be selected: Nanomechanics (year 1) • Nanoelectronics (year 2) • MEMS and NEMS (year 1) • Bioengineering (year 2) • Drug‐Delivery Systems (year 1) • Introduc�on to Systems Design (year 1) • Mul�‐Physics System Integra�on (year 2) • Nanomagne�sm (year 2) • Molecular Electronics (year 2) • Solar Cells and Photo‐voltaics (year 2) • Cell Engineering (year 2) ‣ Experimental Modules
Students first conduct lab prac�cals in the form of four‐hour courses during which they familiarize themselves hands‐on with all standard techniques for fabrica�on and characteriza�on of nanostructures. These courses are then followed by more in‐depth prac�cal work (at least two projects of 1 week each) in the course of which the students become more profoundly acquainted with nanoscience and nanotechnology.

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Moreover, nanoscale engineering embodies the convergence of physics, electronics, life sciences and chemistry, and as such it provides ample opportuni�es to master the challenges of the future in such diverse fields as healthcare, sustainable development, energy efficiency, and many more.

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Scien�fic and Technological Infrastructure
The state‐of‐the‐art nanotechnology pla�orms and infra‐ structure of the École Centrale, the INSA and the Claude Bernard University, represen�ng an overall technological investment of nearly 10 million euros, are made available to the students for their experimental work, including: • the NanoLyon cleanroom facili�es (7 million €) • the nanopar�cle synthesis and characteriza�on pla�orm (1.5 million €) • the spark plasma sintering pla�orm (0.5 million €)


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Nanoscale objects exhibit many novel and extraordinary proper�es that are not found in their macroscopic counterparts. The ability to control ma�er at the nanoscale can therefore be expected to benefit all branches of engineering in the next decades, and well‐ known devices will acquire new features due to manufacturing processes that integrate nano‐ scale structures.

Academic Consor�um
The Master of Nanoscale Engineering is conducted under the aegis of the University of Lyon by a consor�um of three renowned ins�tu�ons: the École Centrale de Lyon, the INSA de Lyon, and the Université Claude Bernard ‐ Lyon 1. All lectures, laboratory prac�cals, internships and thesis projects are carried out in close collabora�on with research laboratories in Lyon and they o�en involve interna�onal partners. This strong link between research and educa�on ensures a con�nuous improvement of the program to reflect the progress of science and technology in this innova�ve and rapidly‐evolving field.

‣ Ancillary Courses This module deals with complementary know‐how, relevant both for academia and in an industrial environment. Students follow courses on management and intellectual‐property issues. Ethical aspects and the societal impact of nanotech‐ nology are covered in specialized seminars. Communica�on skills are likewise developed through wri�en and oral presenta�on of all experimental work that is carried out during the Master program. ‣ Internship At the end of the second semester, students conduct a four‐ month internship in one of the research laboratories par�cipa�ng in the program. The students choose their projects and come into contact with their host laboratories earlier in the academic year already, by spending two days per week in this laboratory to carry out an extensive literature research and to prepare their research project under the guidance of their supervisor. ‣ Master Thesis Project The final six‐month period of the program is devoted to the master project, which can be carried out either in an academic research laboratory or in an industrial environ‐ ment. Students have the op�on to conduct their thesis project anywhere in France or abroad.

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