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Master MSE - Program Biorefinery and Biomaterials

Updated on October 12, 2020
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Overview

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  • Master

    National diploma
  • Degree awarded : MasterLocation : GRENOBLE - Campus

    Available as :

    • Standard taught course
    • Lifelong learning
    Graduation year : Bac + 5Tuition fees : EU citizens: € 243 per year - Non-EU nationals: € 3770 per year - Partial payment: 500 € (beginning of July)
    Graduation level : Level I
    Duration : One year
  • 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 one-year course (September to July) is taught in English.
Depending on the Covid 19 situation, the courses might be provided online. Further information will be given later on.

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.

The biorefinery is the operation that passes from the plant resource to the production of energy and chemicals. 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.

Specificities

Biorefinery, general and basic aspects

Oil, coal, gas and biomass, plant chemical components (cellulose, lignin, hemicelluloses, starch, sugars, oils, tannins and other extractives).
Polymer chemistry, characterization, structure and properties, polymer industry.

Biorefinery for energy

Pretreatment and saccharification of biomass, fermentation, production of bioethanol and biomethane.
Torrefaction, pyrolysis and gasification of lignocellulosics.
Production of diester.
Worldwide activities and perspectives.

Biorefinery for bioproducts

Existing biorefinery and conversion processes.
Cellulose, starch, sugars and derivatives, resin acids, terpenes, rubber, lignin derivatives…
Diacids, levulinic acid, furan derivatives, xylitol, sorbitol, diols, diamines, phenols…

Biomaterials

Biopolymers: natural polymers, synthetic polymers from natural resources (PLA, PBS, polyamides, polyethylene, PHA…)
Structure and properties, future bio-sourced polymers, technical and scientific challenges.
Composites: natural fibers for composites, structure and properties, fibre-matrix compatibility and adhesion...
New biomaterials: complex and laminate bio-based materials, nanocellulose, bio-nanocomposites, active biomaterials, production and properties.

Assessment of sustainability

Principles of life cycle analysis, end of life, environmental factors, energy consumption, toxicity, competition of raw materials, risk assessment...

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Admission

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  • Who should apply? : Bac + 4
  • Entry requirements : Having completed at least one year study in a Master program (Master 1 program in France or 4 years of higher education program abroad) in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, polymeric materials or equivalent thematics.
  • Location : GRENOBLE - Campus
  • Tuition fees : EU citizens: € 243 per year - Non-EU nationals: € 3770 per year - Partial payment: 500 € (beginning of July)
  • Available as :
    • Standard taught course
    • Lifelong learning

Entry requirements

English: minimum level B1 mandatory European standard, B2 level highly recommended.

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Application campaign open at the beginning of November 2020

Registration deadline: May 16, 2021

Online application


Scholarships

Pre-doctoral scholarships of Tec 21 group
→ Application from February to April

Contacts

Academic information

Contact

Education contact

Sylvie LECLERC

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Program

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  • Course duration : One year
  • Internships mandatory/abroad : Master thesis abroad possible.
     
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International

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  • Language of instruction : English
  • Erasmus areas : Materials science
  • Internship abroad : Yes
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Prospects

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

Careers

Sectors

Chemical, material, plastic, cosmetic, detergent, textile, building, packaging, engineering and energy industrial sectors.

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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Date of update October 12, 2020

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