Educational approach

Building upon the highly successful “Magistère de Physique Fondamentale”, QMat offers reinforced training to the best and brightest motivated students from around the world. The QMat teaching philosophy rests on three principles:

  1. Challenge students with an enhanced curriculum providing a solid and broad background in fundamental and applied physics.
  2. “learn-by-doing”: integrating coursework with individual research projects.
  3. Involve students in their own training through student-led initiatives.

Successful completion of the QMat training programme will be acknowledged by an additional QMat label to their degree which will be a trademark for post-graduate-level education of excellence in nanoscience for quantum technology.

Training by research

The University of Strasbourg, with exceptionally strong standings in physics, materials, nanoscience, and chemistry research, can help address some of the more ambitious challenges facing quantum science and nanotechnology today. Within QMat this takes place in a number of cross-disciplinary research centers and institutes such as the Strasbourg Institute of Materials Physics and Chemistry (IPCMS), Institute of Supramolecular Science and Engineering (ISIS), Hubert Curien Multi-disciplinary Institute (IPHC) and the new Center of Quantum Physics (CPQ) conceived as an integral part of the Strasbourg vision for the Initiative of Excellence programme (IdEx). To carry out their own research projects, students will access a number of large scale initiatives in quantum science and nanotechnology, including the Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) ‘Nanostructures in Interactions with their environment’ and two Equipments of Excellence (EquipEx): Ultra-fast transmission electronic microscopy (UTEM) and Ultrafast optics, nanophotonics and plasmonics (UNION) and the Excellence by Experiments (EX2) program which provides research-level training experiments developed around advanced instruments (accelerators, telescopes, biomedical imaging systems, and implantation facilities, lasers and optics, quantum physics experiments).

This unparalleled research environment provides the means to fabricate and investigate matter at the atomic and sub-fs time scale, and obtain fundamental insights into new materials and devices exhibiting (for instance) novel electronic, optical and magnetic properties. Through their individually tailored research projects, QMat students will be placed at the cutting edge of modern science, and have opportunities to make new connections between fundamental science with the synthesis and fabrication of nanodevices and nanomaterials that could revolutionize our technological and industrial future.

International and industrial partnerships

Taking advantage of the unique geographical setting of the University of Strasbourg, QMat offers a diversity of internship opportunities and training programmes which rival the top institutions in the world. Students will profit from our international partnerships, especially within Eucor – The European Campus, which is building a transnational priority project in quantum science and engineering involving the nearby Universities of Karlsruhe, Freiburg, and Basel. QMat members also have a strong track record in exploiting research results, in the form of patent applications and spin-off companies. Students will benefit from extensive industrial partnerships for internships and soft-skills courses to prepare them for a career bridging the gap from academic research to technology.

Young investigator group (YIG)

The Young Investigator Group provides networking opportunities for all masters and doctoral students/researchers involved in QMat. It provides the means for students to create their own training initiatives such as inviting guest lecturers, organising lab visits, student-run laboratories or lecture series on topics of particular interest.