[SERP-Chem] Newsletter November 2015

The Official Newsletter of the SERP-Chem Master

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Application process for the class of 2016-2018 is now open (deadline: June 30th, 2016).

After a 5-year contract with the EACEA, the International SERP-Chem master will not be funded anymore by the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus programme. As a consequence, no Erasmus Mundus scholarship will be proposed for the class of 2016-2018. Some other scholarships might be available and the best applicants will be directly contacted by the consortium.

The structure of the course will be identical and the students will benefit from the same advantages and facilities:

  • Possibility to study in up to 3 European universities
  • A two-week summer school in entrepreneurial skills and innovation
  • A 6-month internship
  • Lab trainings, seminars, and industry visits
  • A multiple degree: Master in Chemistry & Materials science and Engineering

Self-financed students are welcome to apply here.

SERP-Chem students

The new first-year students arrived in Orsay (France) and Genoa (Italy) at the very beginning of September.  One of the richness of the SERP-Chem master is based on the diversity of its students’ origins. This year, M1 students are coming from almost 20 different countries: Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Palestine, Pakistan, Spain, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam. Also telling of its growing international dimension, the SERP-Chem master is very happy to welcome for the first time students coming from Ethiopia, Jamaica, Serbia, South Africa and finally, Trinidad and Tobago!


Summer school 2015

Hard work, seaside and networking! This is how we could sum up these two intense weeks of training in science management. After the exams of the second semester, the whole group of students (class of 2014-2016) met all together for the first time at the University of Genoa for the SoSMSE summer school. This year, a group of 13 PhD students from the Marie Curie ITN ARGENT project also joined the training. After some excursions along the coast and sea bathing, the students had lectures on European patent law, business, communication, ICT and professional project. In addition, in the frame of the training “Innovation and Valorization”, they attended seminars of 5 invited speakers from SMEs and bigger companies.

Master's and PhD's students in science from all around the world are welcome to apply to the SoSMSE summer school. 6 ECTS are awarded to successful students. Registration and information at: http://sosmse.fisica.unige.it


Graduation ceremony 2015

Time to party! The graduation ceremony, edition 2015, took place at the University Paris-Sud in July 2015. Professors from the consortium were present for the occasion. All the students put on the blue caps and gowns and waited for the heads of the universities to call their name. After the ceremony and the traditional picture session, the new graduated students, some of their relatives and friends, as well as the professors, got on board for a cocktail party on the Seine river. During a three-hour trip, the students had fun and enjoyed the view of the most famous monuments of Paris, especially the lights of the Eiffel Tower.

What are they doing now? Check our website: http://serp-chem.eu/programme/alumni.php

Focus on science

Specialization at the University of Genoa: Nanoscience and catalysis

During the third semester, the students can choose between 4 specializations: "Industrial and Medical applications of radiations" in France, "Nanoscience and Catalysis" in Italy, "Photochemistry, Spectroscopy and Environment" in Poland, and "Functionalized surfaces and Sustainable Development" in Portugal. Let’s focus on the specialization offered by the University of Genoa, Italy.

Surfaces are important because they are the interface with which any device interacts with its surroundings. At the nanoscale surface, properties become dominant since, with decreasing size, the ratio of surface atoms to the total number of atoms increases and, therefore, electronic, magnetic as well as chemical properties are those of surface atoms. This is why a Si surface may behave as a metal rather than as a semiconductor, and the extraordinary properties of graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms, are very different from those of graphite... Read more


Symposium: "Advances in nanoparticulate carriers"

The SERP-Chem master had the pleasure to sponsor the international symposium “Advances in nanoparticulate carriers, applications in diseases and infections” which took place at the Institut Pasteur in Paris from October 19th to 21st 2015. The coordinator of the master, Prof. Sandrine Lacombe, did a presentation entitled “Nanoparticles: exquisite tools to  improve radiation  therapy” and the M2 students had the opportunity to participate in the conference during one day. This major event in the field of nanoparticles attracted over 300 participants coming from 4 continents.

More information: http://www.confnano2015.org/

Student life

Social programme in France

After the first two weeks of classes, the first-year and second-year students left books and classrooms to take on sports and cultural activities in the outskirts of Paris on September 12th and 13th. Despite a cloudy weather, they went between the trees at the adventure park of Buthiers during a challenging high rope course session. They also stepped the minigolf court under a light rain Sunday morning. After the physical activities, the students got some relaxation while visiting the beautiful Palace of Fontainebleau, once house of the Kings of France.

Coming next...


M2 students are presently searching for a six-month internship and will start working on their final master thesis project in February 2016. The internships can take place either in research labs and centers or companies. 


New Erasmus +: Erasmus Mundus project

The SERP-Chem consortium is presently developing a new master's project and hopes to receive again the support of the European Commission for a new funding period. New Erasmus +: Erasmus Mundus students' scholarships could then be available for the class of 2016-2018!

The SERP-Chem master is a consortium of four European universities : University Paris-Sud (France), University of Genoa (Italy), University of Porto (Portugal) and the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland).