Master in Bio-inspired Materials (BIM)


Program Description

E2S UPPA Talents Academy Grants:

This scholarship program of excellence is aimed at outstanding students coming primarily from Europe and America. 

Further information will be provided during the application procedure.


Is it possible to draw from Nature to process glass at ambient temperature and pressure? To get inspired by a tree leave to capture and store sunlight energy? To draw from Nature to replace micro- and nano- plastics? To generate color without dyes? To dive into the ocean to discover novel UV filters or flame retardants?

To adopt a biomimetic approach is crucial for the future of several fields of activity, from agriculture to chemistry, through the housing, cosmetics, wood-paper, and automotive industries. All of these currently face the challenges of sustainable development, energy-saving, and circular economy.

The stakes are high; we need to change our societies so that they are compatible with their environment.

In both the first and the second year of the master, the students will be trained to draw inspiration from nature through a biomimetic approach. This multidisciplinary approach, which resorts to both fundamental science and materials engineering is based on the observation and comprehension of living organisms within their ecosystems. A strong effort of abstraction to establish biological models to be adapted to scientific concepts and technological developments will be key to the course.

Program objectives

  • To train future scientists in materials science and engineering.
  • To explore innovative approaches.
  • To develop materials inspired by living systems with special regards to their composition, function, structure, architectures, and processing, in line with environmental sustainability.

Knowledge and skills

For one or two years, BIM MSc students will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire basic and requisite knowledge in physics, chemistry, and biology.
  • Develop their curiosity and respect for living systems.
  • Develop their environmental awareness.
  • Develop open and collaborative working skills.
  • Integrate principles of the living world in their scientific approach.
  • Adopt a biomimetic approach from the concept to the materials development.

Master 1

A Minimum of 2 to 4 months of immersion in an academic or private research lab, in France or abroad.

Master 2

Applied research project of at least a 6-month duration in an academic or private research lab.


Corinne NARDIN
Corinne is a physics professor, with a specialization in the physical chemistry of polymers, at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour. She is a scientific officer of the excellence initiative– Science - Innovation - Territoires – Economie (I-Site) «Energy and Environment Solutions – E2S».

"The training during the BIM Master will be focused on active pedagogy, in the project mode, which will be possible owing to a unique location of the teaching and research activities. Lectures will be at first organized to harmonize the basic knowledge of students of various educations (biology, physics, and chemistry). 50 % of the lectures delivered to the 15 students are specific to the BIM master.

Through this approach, we further expect to develop the student’s soft skills in particular:

encourage autonomy, stimulate curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence. The principal objective is to train future young researchers granted with a peculiar ability to think in a collaborative mode and to drive bio-inspired research projects.”.

Laurent BILLON
Professor in Polymer Science at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Laurent is the vice director of the Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physical chemistry for Environment and Materials (IPREM). He is the coordinator of the European research project eSCALED on artificial photosynthesis and leads the group on bioinspired materials ‘Functionality &Self-Assembly’.

"The BIM Master, that stands for Bioinspired Materials, is in line with the current challenge of the ecological and sustainable transition. Mimic strategies evolved by Nature represents infinite scientific and technological challenges that will be undertaken by choosing bioinspiration and biomimetism.

With this master, unique in France, we aim at proposing to the students to explore living systems to get inspiration to develop novel materials and to keep in mind the ethics and consciousness of their environment. Multi- and trans- disciplinarily training, at the heart of the biomimetic approach, will enable the students to adopt new ways of thinking syntheses, formulations, and processing of tomorrow materials needed by the industrial partners to build our future society.’’.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

  • Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English

French language requirements

  • None

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, physics, earth science for the Master 1 level.
  • Applicants must hold at least a 4-year university level in chemistry, biology, physics, earth science for the Master 2 level.

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Last updated Nov 2020

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UPPA offers its students initial or continuing education, work/study programs or apprenticeships, to obtain Bachelor’s, Master’s and vocational degrees and Doctorates through its 3 Colleges and 2 Doct ... Read More

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