M.Sc. Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology

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  • 24 months
  • EUR15000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
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Chalmers University of Technology | Gothenburg, Sweden
The purpose of the programme is to provide an engineering education within the materials field where emphasis is on synthesis, chemical characterisation, physical and chemical properties and applications
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Description of Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology

Since the dawn of mankind, materials have played an essential role in human development. The Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age are part of our history and today we are heading towards the Nano Age. Using all the tools in chemistry, such as material synthesis and chemical and physical characterization methods, this broad engineering programme aims at deepening the understanding of materials properties in order to design and develop the materials of tomorrow.

Programme description

Society is increasingly relying on chemistry in creating materials that are more environmentally sustainable, more durable, lighter, consume less energy and are cheaper. Centred around organic- and inorganic chemistry, polymers and nanotechnology we train you in how to use these tools in tweaking molecules to give materials specific properties. This could range from high temperature corrosion resistant materials and materials for catalysts in a chemical process or in cars to nanomaterials that have unique traits and precision targeted pharmaceuticals.

Evolving fields where materials chemistry stands for great opportunities are e.g. biodegradable detergents, solvent free paints, polymers made of renewable recourses, polymer based solar panels and diodes, thermoelectric materials that transfers heat to electricity and handling complex emissions from fuel efficient engines that rely on biofuels instead of fossil fuels.

The programme provides you with an engineering education within the materials field where emphasis is on synthesis, chemical characterisation, physical and chemical properties and applications, and top down chemical nano manufacturing. There is also a close connection to industrially relevant materials, including both present products and the materials of the future.

Career opportunities

Scientists, in industry or academia, and engineers in materials science are active in fields ranging from fundamental materials development to application of materials technology in products and processes. Sweden has cutting edge research in characterisation, design and development of new materials.

There is thus a continuous need for materials engineers with a sound chemistry background within Swedish industry, such as automotive, rolling bearings, bioimplants, polymers, surface treatment, paint, packaging materials, hygiene and healthcare products and pharmaceuticals. In addition, sustainable engineering opens up more opportunities such as catalysis, recycling, biodegradable materials, tailored nanomaterials and corrosion resistant alloys.

Besides moving on as PhD-students, previous student have found positions at e.g. Komet, ST1, Emerson, Borealis, SP, Domsjö fabriker, Eka Chemicals, Mölnlycke Healthcare, Elasto Sweden AB, YKI, Tetra Pack, Intellego Technologies, Akzo Nobel, Oxeon, Vinci Technologies, Kronans droghandel, Iggesund paperboard, Volvo Cars, Alström Power, Forbo Forshaga.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15000 Year (Non-EEA)

Non-EEA:140 000 SEK/academic year;EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Research and industry connections

Connections to research are strong within all areas in the programme. The teachers are researchers and/or PhD-students who all take an active part in the research activities at the department, this guarantees research relevance and novelty in the courses. The connection is strengthened through the Research School in Materials Science and the Area of Advance in Materials Science. In many of the courses the students work in small research projects, which are directly related to the research performed at the division.

Educational methods

As a student you will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary to handle the complexity of materials related problem solving in products and processes. This includes e.g. design, development of new and existing materials, synthesis and characterization of material’s properties. Several of the compulsory elective courses have a project based part where e.g. teamwork and innovation processes are included. The projects are to be presented in written reports, posters and/or orally.

First Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Elective courses

  • Fundamentals of micro- and nanotechnology, Examination
  • Solid state chemistry, Examination
  • Applied organic molecular spectroscopy, Examination
  • Applied organic molecular spectroscopy, Laboratory
  • The synthesis, properties and structures of solid state materials, Examination
  • Surface chemistry, Examination

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Elective courses

  • Polymer chemistry and physics, Examination
  • Advanced organic chemistry, Examination
  • Advanced organic chemistry, Laboratory
  • Nanomaterials chemistry, Examination
  • Nanoscience, Examination
  • Materials characterisation and failure analysis, part A, Examination
  • Materials characterisation and failure analysis, part B, Project
  • Tailored materials and commercialisation aspects, part A, Examination
  • Tailored materials and commercialisation aspects, part B, Project

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Elective courses

  • Advanced analytical chemistry, Written and oral assignments
  • Advanced analytical chemistry, Laboratory
  • Corrosion, Examination
  • Advanced organic synthesis, Project
  • Green chemistry, Written and oral assignments
  • Green chemistry, Examination
  • Ceramics engineering, part A, Examination
  • Ceramics engineering, part B, Laboratory
  • Surface engineering, Examination
  • Biological materials, Examination
  • Advanced analysis methods, Project

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Applied coordination chemistry, Examination
  • Polymer technology, Examination
  • Catalysis, Examination
Second Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Elective courses

  • Solid state chemistry, Examination
  • Applied organic molecular spectroscopy, Examination
  • Applied organic molecular spectroscopy, Laboratory
  • The synthesis, properties and structures of solid state materials, Examination
  • Surface chemistry, Examination

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Elective courses

  • Polymer chemistry and physics, Examination
  • Advanced organic chemistry, Examination
  • Advanced organic chemistry, Laboratory
  • Nanomaterials chemistry, Examination
  • Materials characterisation and failure analysis, part A, Examination
  • Materials characterisation and failure analysis, part B, Project
  • Tailored materials and commercialisation aspects, part A, Examination
  • Tailored materials and commercialisation aspects, part B, Project

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Elective courses

  • Advanced analytical chemistry, Written and oral assignments
  • Advanced analytical chemistry, Laboratory
  • Corrosion, Examination
  • Advanced organic synthesis, Project
  • Green chemistry, Written and oral assignments
  • Green chemistry, Examination
  • Ceramics engineering, part A, Examination
  • Ceramics engineering, part B, Laboratory
  • Surface engineering, Examination
  • Biological materials, Examination
  • Advanced analysis methods, Project

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Applied coordination chemistry, Examination
  • Polymer technology, Examination
  • Catalysis, Examination
Diploma thesis
  • Master's thesis in Chemical and biological engineering, Diploma thesis
  • Master's thesis in Chemical and biological engineering, part A, Diploma thesis
  • Master's thesis in Chemical and biological engineering, part B, Diploma thesis

Requirements for Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Bio Engineering

Prerequistes: Mathematics (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis and Differential equations), Physical chemistry, Organic chemistry and Inorganic chemistry

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Work Experience for Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology

No work experience is required.

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