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Master SERP+ Programme



Metal Nanoparticles and nanomaterials: synthesis, functionalization and applications

  • Introduction to Nanoscience, Synthesis of metal nanoparticles and nanomaterials, Functionalization, Applications : Catalysis, Fuel Cells, Sensors, Nanomedecine, Composite Nanomaterials


  • Introduction to basic knowledge useful for plasmonics (optics and solid state physics); Origin and properties of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in metallic nanostructures; Dependence of the SPR on size, shape, environment, composition; Plasmonic coupling.

Fluorescent Organic Nanoparticles

  • Synthesis, Luminescence optimization, Applications : sensing and bio-imaging

Nanoparticles and Photocatalysis

  • TiO2 - Photocatalytic material, Time resolved microwave conductivity, Applications: water and air depollution, self cleaning surfaces, hydrogen production

Magnetic Nanoparticles and related applications

This course is devoted to the synthesis and magnetic properties of nanoobjects based on magnetic alloys and oxides,  After a general Introduction to classical and non-classical nucleation/growth models, several examples will illustrate how monodisperse magnetic nanoparticles (alloys and oxides) may be synthesized  (through heat-assisted methods, microemulsion, coprecipitation) and shape control may be achieved.  Basics of micromagnetism will be exposed, ranging  from multidomain to single domain behaviour. Control of the magnetic anisotropy and actual challenges to rule out some remaining problems will be discussed.  Biomedical applications will be reviewed such as their use in MRI diagnosis (T1 and T2 contrast agents) and their potential in magnetic hyperthermia.

Practical Courses in Nanosciences

  • Practical course: Sol gel synthesis and water depollution byTiO2
  • Practical course: Gold nanoparticles and nanorods: Synthesis and optical properties
  • Practical course: Composite nanomaterials: luminescent and magnetic properties?


Provide to students a basic knowledge in nanoscience and an overview of current challenges in nanotechnology and applications of nano-objects.

Teaching Staff

Hynd Remita
Laure Catala
Christophe Colbeau-Justin
Rachel Méallet-Renault
Bertrand Busson


Lecture & tutorial: 36 h
Lab training: 13.5 h

Grading System

Partial exam: 30 %
Final exam: 55 %
Lab: 15 %