Molecules and Materials Engineering

Programme Structure for Molecular
& Molecules Engineering

If you opt for the Molecular & Materials Engineering specialization, you will take seven required courses (35 credits), a number of elective courses (20 credits) and go on with an internship (20 credits) at a company in the Netherlands or abroad. You will conclude your Master’s programme with an assignment worth 45 credits. Most of our students complete their assignment at one of the UT research groups associated with their specialization.

Required Courses

  • Advanced Materials Science: Molecular and Biomolecular Chemistry and Technology: This course will enable you to examine supramolecular systems, ranging from basic molecular recognition (involving single, monovalent interactions) to systems with cooperativity and/or multivalency, and finally to large polyvalent systems. You will discuss molecular and biomolecular examples and materials applications for all of these subclasses.
  • Advanced Materials Science: Characterization: The aim of this course is to explain and identify the physical and instrumental principles of techniques used for the molecular and continuum (macroscopic) scale characterization of organic and inorganic materials and their application to specific questions. By the end of this course you will be able to estimate specific materials and molecular properties from given examples and problems.
  • Advanced Materials Science: Structure & Properties of Organic Materials: This course deals with molecular structure-property relations for the different types of (advanced) synthetic and natural (macromolecular) organic materials, including man-made polymers, liquid crystals, carbon allotropes (nanotubes,fullerenes and graphenes), dendrimers, nucleic acids, proteins and polysaccharides.
  • Advanced Materials Science: Structure & Properties of Inorganic Materials: The aim of this course is to enable you to understand the relationship between the structure/composition and properties of advanced inorganic materials and to apply this knowledge.
  • Advanced Materials Science: Project Organic Materials: This Lab course aims to broaden your knowledge and skills in the areas of polymer synthesis, polymer characterization and processing. It deals with structure-property relations in polymeric materials, for example, how polymer chain characteristics and composition influence macroscopic properties.
  • Advanced Materials Science: Project Inorganic Materials & Molecular S&T: This course will expose you to a variety of synthesis and characterization techniques by means of two practical projects. The possible projects are embedded in six research groups with different research themes.
  • Technology Venturing and Societal Embedding: This course deals with technology venturing and the societal embedding of technology. For the Technology Venturing component, you and your team will write and present a formal grant application for a technology or research outcome of your choice in the area of nanotechnology, chemistry or materials science. This will strengthen your academic and collaborative skills. The Societal Embedding component is all about getting familiar with the wider socio-technical context you will have to address in order to get new technologies out of the lab and into society.

Elective Courses

Below an list of some of the different elective courses is shown.

  • Capita Selecta for all research groups
  • Batteries, Fuel Cells and Electrolysers
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinspired Molecular Engineering
  • Biomedical membranes and (bio) artificial organs
  • Colloids and Interfaces
  • Chemistry of Inorganic Materials and Nanostructures
  • Catalysis for Sustainable Technologies
  • Controlled Drug and Gene Delivery
  • Imperfections
  • Different Lab Courses, for example: Membrane Technology and Polymers for Biomedical Applications
  • Membranes for Gas Separation
  • Organic Chemistry of Polymers
  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Polymer Physics
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