Materials Science and Technology

To integrate the materials into the design processes and implement them with respect to environment and cost management.

80% of the production companies’ budget is spent for buying materials: steels, plastics, components… The sources for supply are very diversed and economic, technical and environmental problems are all linked together.

Product design depends on the physical-chemical and mechanical properties of the materials. Simultaneously, product design depends as well on associated costs, standards and recycling. The Materials Science engineer is the multidisciplinary link between offices. He/she improves companies’ quality, reliability and productivity for better performance, sustainable development and costs management.

Core courses:

  • Knowledge of different kinds of materials: structure, physical-chemical properties, processing, processes
  • Materials characteristics and choice, design, sensors
  • Materials economics and flows
  • Scientific tools for engineering
  • Project management and social sciences

Competences of the Materials Science engineer:

  • To choose the adequate material for a specific industrial application
  • To buy wisely this material depending on the market with a “eco-responsible” approach
  • Follow and manage its processing
  • To know the recycling regulations and methods
  • To be able to encourage innovation policy


Specializations (Filières):

Materials economics and environment

Environment and regulations (eco-design and sustainable development, clean technologies, recycling, standards…). This specialization trains engineers in eco-design. They control the materials lifecycle and acts on production effects on environment with regards to standards.

Specific competences:

  • Design and eco-design
  • Recycling
  • Environment management and quality regulations

Technology and trade of materials and components

Trade and purchase and costs reduction techniques. Beside having competences in technologies and economy, these engineers master the purchase and costs reduction techniques.

Specific competences:

  • Information and communication technology, e-business
  • Materials trade
  • Purchase techniques

Transformation and quality of materials

Broad knowledge in science and materials engineering oriented to metallurgy, plasturgy, structure and microstructure, advanced materials properties, surface treatments and sustainable development.

Specific competences:

  • Materials forming and transformation
  • Processes and materials
  • Manufacturing technologies
  • Metallurgy, plasturgy

    Related laboratories:

    • LNIO: Nanotechnologies and Optical Instrumentation

    Example of research activity: new hybrid nanomaterials for nanophotonics, prototype of miniaturized optical spectrometer