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INNOVATIVE & ECOLOGICAL MATERIALS

Designing tomorrow's materials and products in an environmentally responsible manner.

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« Designing tomorrow's materials and products in an environmentally responsible manner »

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Designing innovative materials and products while preserving the planet's resources is an urgent necessity.
What  should we do with all the products at the end of their life? How can they be recycled? How can we do without certain materials? How can we imagine the products of tomorrow? These are all challenges that the Innovative and Ecological Materials field of excellence invites you to take up with the 4 courses offered! The challenge is to train engineers capable of playing an active role in tomorrow's society. Become an actor by proposing solutions that reduce the environmental footprint of new products placed on the market while finding end-of-life solutions for existing products. These solutions are thought out in terms of materials, design and processes, disciplines that must be combined to offer innovative and efficient materials.

Numerous sectors of activity are concerned: Eco-industries: equipment, depollution or recycling processes; Industrial companies: automotive, packaging, transport, plastics, agri-food, etc.; Industries developing environmentally friendly products; Engineering companies; Technical design offices; Technical innovation centres, etc.

4 courses are offered. Each pathway is based on strong academic and industrial partnerships that ensure cutting-edge training for "Responsible design of the materials and products of tomorrow".

 

4

study routes are offered in the Innovative & Ecological Materials field of excellence

 

Generalist Engineer

At the end of the generalist engineering course, 2 options (including 1 dual degree course) are offered in the Innovative & Ecological Materials field of excellence

ANNE-SOPHIE CARO

Head of

anne-sophie.caro@mines-ales.fr

Ecodesign of materials and processes

The aim of this specialisation is to train engineers capable of playing an active role in the society of tomorrow. Become an actor by proposing solutions that make it possible to reduce the environmental footprint of new products placed on the market while finding end-of-life solutions for existing products. These solutions are thought in terms of materials, design and processes, disciplines that must be combined to propose innovative and efficient materials.

This training allows the implementation of innovative processes in the field of plastics processing and additive manufacturing with various applications in mind, such as the eco-design of a sailing boat hull or a medical device.

Programme of the option

Metallic and mineral materials - 87H

  • Phase diagrams, phase transformations and microstructures
  • Glass
  • Technical ceramics
  • Concretes
  • Metallic materials

Plastics - 43H

  • Polymeric materials
  • TP material
  • Polymer blending and compatibility

Materials selection and environment - 44H

  • Materials and resources
  • Materials selection
  • Environmental assessment of materials

Mechanics and Modelling - 78H

  • CAD (Computer Aided Design)
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Vibration: theory and numerical practice
  • Rheology

Usual and emerging processes - 66h

  • Metallurgical processes
  • Plastics and composite processes
  • Modelling of plastics processes
  • Additive manufacturing

Ecomaterials and composites - 76H

  • Composites and Fibrous Reinforcements
  • Particulate composites and functional additives
  • Bioplastics and biocomposites
  • Powders and suspensions

Serviceability and end of life - 72H

  • Modelling of composite materials
  • Vibration
  • Heat transfer
  • Resistance and reaction to fire
  • Ageing and valorisation of polymer composites

Ecomaterials project - 56H

Innovative technologies - 40H

  • Lectures on innovative processes
  • Psychosensory and health properties
  • Surface treatment of materials

Formulated materials for specific purposes - 60H

  • Technical elastomers
  • Materials and sport
  • Interactive composite materials
  • Bioplastics: an industrial challenge?

Project of your choice - 110H

  • Medical device

or

  • Marine structure

It is possible to complete the final year of the Master's degree in "Mechanics, Modelling and Simulation in Mechanics" at the University of Montpellier. This course allows students to obtain the engineering diploma and the Master's degree.

It is also possible to open up the course to the field of health with the Master's degree in Tissue and Implant Bioengineering at the University of Aix-Marseille.

Find out more about the IMT Mines Alès generalist engineering course 

PhD

  • Discover the Polymers, Composites and Hybrids research team at IMT Mines Alès
  • Discover the Interactions of materials with their environment research team at IMT Mines Alès
  • Recovery of plastics from the sea
  • Recovery of plastics from the dismantling of electric meters
  • Recovery of waste from olive oil extraction
  • Recovery of Christmas trees
  • Design of wood-based filament for additive manufacturing
  • Synthesis of an artificial eardrum
  • Formulation of powder for additive manufacturing for medical use
  • Oxidation of graphene

 

To find out more

IMT Mines Alès is ranked in the top 400 worldwide in the prestigious Times Higher Education Impact Ranking 2021 (general ranking). In the ranking dedicated to the United Nations

In the ranking dedicated to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), IMT Mines Alès is ranked in the Top 200 in the world, in the 'Responsible Production and Consumption' theme (SDG n°12), in particular thanks to its innovations developed in the field of bio-sourced materials with a low carbon footprint (bioplastics, biocomposites, agri-concretes), in the recycling of plastics and composites, or on the environmental impact of materials.