Student-Company Projects



Student-Company Projects

Each year, nearly 200 ECPM student-engineers contribute their scientific knowledge, project management skills and innovation faculties to your development through two types of student-company project

Industrial missions (2nd year -level Bac+4)
The Microproject of research (3rd year-level Bac+ 5)

Industrial Missions

Innovative solutions to industrial challenges

The main objective of the ECPM Industrial Missions is to help businesses to innovate in overcoming technical and technological barriers in the fields of chemistry and materials science. The industrial mission is part of the "Design and innovate collectively" teaching module.

Teams of 6 to 8 ECPM students will analyse your industrial issue, write a letter of undertaking, define and plan the tasks to perform, draft functional specifications and look for solution concepts and select the most appropriate for your issue.

The issues analyzed by the students can derive from any department within your company: production, quality control, research, development, purchasing, etc, and cover a large range of areas related to chemistry, such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, the environment, energy, textiles, food processing, plastics, etc.

All of this work, which prioritizes multidisciplinary approaches, is conducted in close collaboration with your teams. Regular meetings are organised at the ECPM, at your office or remotely.

The industrial missions are projects carried out either by our students from the chemistry engineering cycle (specialties: chemistry, polymers, materials sciences) and/or by our students from the chemistry & biotechnology engineering cycle (specialties: biology, molecular chemistry, chemical and biotechnological process engineering, bio-analytical sciences).

Time period: 6 months – from the beginning of October to the end of March

Duration: 500 to 600 work hours, including 9 collaborative work sessions of 3.5 hours each

Mentoring:

  • technical mentoring by your team
  • scientific mentoring by a University professor/researcher
  • managerial mentoring by a professional 

Evaluation: written report and oral presentation

Examples of subjects:

Industrial missions ECPM (chemistry, polymers, materials sciences)

  • Definition of a method for measuring the hygrometry of chemical products
  • Benchmarking and selection of recycling methods for chemical compounds (plastics, solvents, metallurgical waste)
  • Definition of a dosage procedure in an industrial project and selection of the appropriate equipment
  • Selection of coating products to enhance the characteristics of fabrics
  • Design of electrolytic deposition equipment

Industrial missions 'ChemBioTech'

  • Research of methods for recycling of chemical compounds (plastics, solvents, metallurgical waste)
  • Preliminary design / specifications of biological production process
  • Feasibility study of biosensors concepts
  • Study of the biomass degradability/conversion by bacteria
  • Research and selection of bio-based materials


Microprojects of research

A bibliographical summary of latest developments of a scientific issue

Managed by groups of 2 to 3 students, microprojects introduce students from several specializations of the engineering cycle to technical and scientific challenges in the form of bibliographical research.

The student engineers monitor technological developments, analyse patents and benchmark innovative processes on a scientific subject to demonstrate the unexplored, explored or even developed alternatives. Using exhaustive analyses of publications, research plans may be drafted to launch your own developments.

All of this work is done in close collaboration with your teams. Regular meetings are organised at the ECPM, at your office or remotely.

Practical work (chemical formulation, analysis…) cannot be carried out during the microproject.

Time period:  from mid-September to mid-January

Duration: 160 to 200 work hours, including 8 collaborative work sessions

Mentoring:

  • technical mentoring by your team
  • scientific mentoring by a University professor/researcher
  • managerial mentoring by a professional 

Evaluation: written report and oral presentation

Examples of subjects:

  • Comparison of methodologies to analyse vitamins in biological samples ;
  • Study of the analytical potential of the coupling technique Laser Ablation and ICP-MS ;
  • State of the art of 'green' polymers for lubricants ;
  • Selection of methods of grafting organic molecules onto silica ;
  • Solutions to improve the fire behaviour of a foam ;
  • State of the art of development projects on thermoplastic matrix composites ;
  • Microcapsule preparation methods based on biodegradable polymers ;
  • Bio-mimicry for adhesives (Gecko) ;
  • Mapping of ligands used for cross coupling reaction (C-N and C-C) over the last 20 years ;
  • Definition of a method for measuring of the level of active molecules in LLPDE wrapping ;
  • Comprehensive study on materials and manufacturing processes for obtaining optical effects on a surface.

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