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M2 Analytical Physical and Theoretical Chemistry - Master of Sciences and Technologies


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This CAPT specialty comprises UEs designed to provide students with knowledge and skills both theoretical and experimental, enabling them to interpret and apply numerous chemical phenomena based on the atomic and molecular properties of matter. It is a fully chemical specialty, which benefits from contacts and exchanges with the other domains of the master’s, involving either synthesis (molecular and materials chemistry) or engineering (chemical engineering).
Yet it remains open towards related fields such as materials sciences. It studies the same objects as biology and physics, but with its specific approach, reflecting its singularity as to modelising (theoretical chemistry), studying (physical chemistry) and characterizing (analytical chemistry) molecules.

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At the atomic and molecular scales, matter shows various behaviors. This diversity compels chemists to use numerous theoretical and experimental approaches. In contact with many research laboratories in this field, the  APTC specialty can offer a broad overview of these approaches.


Theoretical chemistry UEs show that there are several possible levels of modelization at the atomic and molecular scales; only an appropriate choice among them can explain or predict physical and chemical properties. Physical chemistry UEs illustrate the ingeniousness of experimental chemists, who devise multiple strategies to uncover the secrets of chemical objects; they will show what electrons, photons and chemical reactions teach us about matter behavior, at various temporal and spatial scales. Analytical chemistry UEs complete the program appropriately: the educated chemist is armed with enough theoretical and experimental tools to be able to analyze the chemical composition and the organization of matter. This “active” context will be echoed in the cross-specialties program, Energy, Formulation and Soft Matter, which requires numerous theoretical and experimental contents from the APTC specialty.


The APTC specialty aims to train students and prepare them for various professional openings. The program is devised to enable students to apply for a job just after getting the master’s diploma, or to carry on with a postdoctoral research. It also takes into account the two very different ways specific to the domain. Future concept, instrument or project developers do not have the same needs as tool users. Therefore, specific UEs have been introduced. One of them considers the personal project of each student, not only through the field they have chosen but also according to their career objectives. On the other hand, two transverse UEs only require basic knowledge common to all M1 and M2 chemistry students.


The APTC specialty will be particularly heedful of the format. It has to manage a significant heterogeneity, due to the intrinsic diversity of the APTC domain to the variety of students’ projects, and to the multiplicity of their previous studies, which may result in a real disparity concerning the mastery of some tools (in mathematics for instance).




Except for the transverse UEs, CAPT teachings in M2 require previous knowledge, typically the core subjects of M1S1 in the chemistry Master’s, and the contents of some or all of the M1S2 specialty UEs, depending more specifically on the M2 chosen program.


You can contact the specialty chair : MARRY Virginie, UPMC Professor

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