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Master MSE - Program Biorefinery and Biomaterials

Updated on June 26, 2018
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Overview

  • Master

    National diploma
  • Degree awarded : MasterLocation : GRENOBLE - Campus

    Available as :

    • Standard taught course
    • Lifelong learning
    Graduation year : Bac + 5Tuition fees : University fees
    Graduation level : Level I
    Duration : 2 years
  • Mention : Materials Science and Engineering

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Summary

The Biorefinery and Biomaterials program of the Master in Materials Science and Engineering is aimed at students wishing to move towards the professions of valorization of plant biomass into chemicals, energy and biomaterials.
This training is provided in French and English in M1 and English in M2.

Objectives

The transformation of plant biomass into energy, chemicals and polymers is an important component of the green economy. It contributes to the drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the intensification of recycling and the limitation of waste.

Bioenergy, biofuels, bioproducts and biopolymers are today realities. However, the growth of their production must be considerably accelerated so that their contribution is up to the stakes. This development involves new skills.

The biorefinery is the operation that passes from the plant resource to the production of energy and chemicals. Although similar in definition to what is a refinery, the great diversity of materials and the richness of their chemical composition make the biorefinery a process engineering operation with very specific conditions. The chemistry associated with it is also different from petrochemistry:
→ the structure of plant constituents is constructed with three essential atoms (C, H, O) - against two for petroleum (C, H) - which is a source of greater complexity;
→ these structures represent complex organic architectures, valorizable as such, which can be an asset for the production of products and materials with new properties.

Specificities

The Biorefinery and Biomaterials program covers the whole of the sector, ranging from the supply of lignocellulosic biomass, mainly wood, to the production of chemicals, biofuels, synthons and biopolymers, replacing fossil products. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of the constituents of lignocellulosic biomass (lignin, hemicelluloses, celluloses, extractables) and their chemistry as well as chemical, physicochemical and biotechnological processes allowing them to be separated, purified or modified with a view to their valorization (biorefinery).

The cellulose industry is the focus of attention as it has the greatest potential for mass production of bioproducts - including cellulosic fibers, fibrils, micro and nanocrystals - as well as sugars, carbohydrates in general and lignin, immediately available for recovery. The knowledge also covers the thermal transformations of biomass (torrefaction, pyrolysis, gasification) and the synthesis of new polymers and composites for the design of biomaterials with specific properties: new functions, biodegradability, food contact ...

The skills acquired in chemistry, processes, biotechnology, polymerization, applied to the valorization of plant biomass, are appreciated in many industrial sectors: cellulose, textile, cosmetics, detergents, paints, plastics, packaging, energy, food, pharmacy ...

This multidisciplinary program includes courses in chemistry, biology, enzymatic catalysis, fermentation, process engineering, chemical and biotechnological engineering, polymerization and resistance of materials. It also includes notions of production costs, sector economy and environmental impact.

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Admission

  • Who should apply? : Bac + 3, Bac + 4
  • Location : GRENOBLE - Campus
  • Tuition fees : University fees
  • Available as :
    • Standard taught course
    • Lifelong learning

Entry requirements

To integrate a Master 1, you must have a degree level 3 or equivalent.
To integrate a Master 2, you must hold a Master 1 or equivalent.

The Master SGM - Biorefinery and Biomaterials Course is open to French and foreign students.
→ Access in M1 or M2 depending on the level, in initial or in-service training.
→ Access to M1 by regular registration in Master.
→ M2 access open to holders of an M1 in chemistry, biochemistry, processes, polymer materials or equivalent level.
→ M2 year in apprenticeship training.

English: CEFR B2 level required.
French: CEFR B2 level required.

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Online application


Registration deadline

→ Mid-May for candidates requiring a visa.
→ Mid-June for candidates who do not require a visa.

Contacts

Academic information

Sylvie LECLERC

Education contact

Sylvie LECLERC

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Program

  • Course duration : 2 years
  • Internships mandatory/abroad : Internship abroad possible.
    Master thesis.

Program

A quarter of the teaching units (UE) common with the course Electrochemistry and Processes of the Master SGM.
Average hourly volume: 60h (M1) and 50h (M2) for a UE of 6ECTS.
Internship of 30 ECTS (Master thesis).
English teaching of 48h.
Teaching related to the professional insertion of 12 ECTS.

M2 year project in apprenticeship training.

[Model of the teachings]

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International

  • Language of instruction : M1: French & English. M2: English
  • Erasmus areas : Materials science
  • Internship abroad : Yes
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Prospects

  • Graduation year : Bac + 5
  • Graduation level : Level I

Careers

Sectors

Chemical industry, energy production, plastics, cosmetics, cellulose industry...

Jobs

Production Engineer, R & D Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Development Engineer...

Further learning opportunities

PhD in Materials Science and Engineering
I-MEP2 Doctoral School
Engineering - Materials, Mechanics, Environment, Energetics, Processes, Production

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Written by Anne Pandolfi

Date of update June 26, 2018

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Internships

Internship abroad possible.
Master thesis.
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