Associated partners

The Mamaself consortium has strong relations with Partner Institutions in Europe and outside Europe. Mamaself students can spend their Master thesis semester (SEM 4) at one of the Partner Institutions of the Mamaself consortium. As all partners belong to the leading groups world wide in their discipline this is as a chance for our students to undergo internships in these laboratories and to get an excellent research thematic and activities for their Master thesis.

  1. Kyoto University - Japan
  2. Tokyo Institute of Technology - Japan
  3. Paul Scherrer Institute - Switzerland
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  5. Cornell University - USA
  6. University of Connecticut - USA
  7. Southern Federal University - Russia
  8. Adam Mickiewicz University - Poland

Kyoto University - Japan

Clocktower Kyoto University

All Japanese partner institutions must be ranked on the top level of their research activities worldwide.

Kyoto University was founded in 1897, as the second university to be established in Japan. Since its establishment in Kyoto –the home of culture and academia in Japan– research activities have advanced under the university’s traditional sprit of academic freedom. There is a wealth of diverse and dynamic research undertaken at Kyoto University, which is now known for the quality and diversity of its research.

Institute for Chemical Research
The Institute for Chemical Research (ICR), launched in 1926 as the first research institute at Kyoto University, with the vision of “Excel in the Investigation of Basic Principles of Chemistry and Their Applications.” Since then, the ICR has continuously produced outstanding research achievements. Currently, about 120 faculty members, 210 graduate students, and 60 researchers are engaged in research activities in 30 different laboratories in total supervised by full-time professors.

Japan  offers excellent Large Scale Facilities  and has also a very strong industrial interest to use e.g. synchrotron radiation for lithography in semiconductor industries and its neutrons sources for material sciences and engineering.

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Tokyo Institute of Technology - Japan



Tokyo Tech is the top national university for science and technology in Japan with a history spanning more than 130 years. Of the approximately 10,000 students at the Ookayama, Suzukakedai, and Tamachi Campuses, half are in their bachelor's degree program while the other half are in master's and doctoral degree programs. International students number 1,200. There are 1,200 faculty and 600 administrative and technical staff members.

In the 21st century, the role of science and technology universities has become increasingly important. Tokyo Tech continues to develop global leaders in the fields of science and technology, and contributes to the betterment of society through its research, focusing on solutions to global issues. The Institute's long-term goal is to become the world's leading science and technology university.

Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) is one of the leading and top ranked universities for Science and Technology in Japan. Scientific groups of the university, especially the Department of Materials Science, have continued fruitful cooperation  with the MaMaSelf member universities, especially the University of Rennes 1. The science driving these collaborations encompasses multifunctional materials, laser driven material transformations, and the cutting edge experiments on large scale facilities such as around Synchrotron sources and Free Electron Lasers. This collaboration includes collaborative grants (NEDO, ERATO, …) and student exchanges.

In January 2017 an Associated International Laboratory, LIA IM-LED, “Impacting materials with light and electric fields and watching real time dynamics”, will be created. This a “laboratory without walls” coordinated by Rennes and Tokyo and which includes on the one hand CNRS and three other universities from the west part of France and on the other hand TIT and three other Japanese universities, Tokyo, Kyoto and Tohoku. It is constructed around three main research lines:

  • Ultrafast photoinduced phenomena – Disentangling and controlling electronic and structural dynamics.
  • Switching correlated materials by light an electric field impact –Toward strong field physics.
  • Governing light driven bistability in materials by elastic fields – Toward non volatile memory.

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Paul Scherrer Institute - Switzerland

Paul Scherrer Institute

The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. PSI performs world-class research in three main subject areas: Matter and Material; Energy and the Environment; and Human Health. By conducting fundamental and applied research, PSI works on long-term solutions for major challenges facing society, industry and science.

PSI operates several scientific large-scale facilities that allow experiments to be performed that are impossible in smaller laboratories. In many cases, it is these experiments that contribute decisive clues for solving a particular scientific problem. The facilities are unique in Switzerland, and some of them are the only ones of their type or scale in the world.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. The Mamaself Master course has foreseen an outgoing mobility of students to IIT Madras for students who will carry out part of their Master thesis in India.

IIT Madras is a residential institute with nearly 460 faculty, 4500 students and 1250 administrative & supporting staff and is a self-contained campus located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares. It has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country.

The campus is located in the city of Chennai, previously known as Madras. The mobility to IIT Madras will take place during the second semester of the second Master year.

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Cornell University - USA

Cornell University is one of the top science and engineering schools in the US. Located in the scenic Fingerlakes region, Ithaca offers a large lake for water sports as well a variety of gorges and waterfalls for the hiker. Cornell University has a synchrotron radiation facility right on campus, the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) – only a brief walk away from the science and engineering departments. As a national user facility CHESS draws users from all over the US as well as from abroad.

CHESS beamlines cover a large range of scientific applications and support the three aspects of X-ray science: scattering, spectroscopy, and imaging. Scattering comprises techniques to uncover the structure of proteins to that of nanomaterials. X-ray spectroscopy is used for the detection of specific chemical elements in fluorescence imaging which has been applied to objects from arts and archeology, plant materials, tree rings, and soil samples. Finally, high resolution imaging with tomographic reconstrations, as in a medical CAT scan, can be used to study the morphology of materials on the micron scale.

Projects - Professor Smilgies is the CHESS local expert for soft materials, including conjugated molecules for organic electronics as well as nanoparticles and block copolymers for a variety of applications in nanotechnology. He is responsible for beamline D1 and the Sample Environment Lab. Of specific interest is the structure and kinetics of thin films (30-300 nm) under various processing conditions, such as coating, drying, solvent vapor treatment, and thermal annealing. Such processes can be studied on the nanoscale in real-time at beamline D1. For such measurements Professor Smilgies and his chemical engineering project students have developed a variety of sample set-ups.
Professor Smilgies has a long-standing collaboration with Professor Papadakis at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In the course of this work, a variety of sample cells have been developed at TUM and at CHESS which has allowed us to study the intricate physics of block copolymer annealing in solvent vapor. These studies are ongoing with new materials, with new copolymer morphologies, and recently with combining thermal and vapor control. Project time would be shared between CHESS (x-ray scattering, sample environments) and TUM (polymer physics, sample environments, neutron scattering).

University of Connecticut - USA

University of Connecticut

Southern Federal University - Russia

Southern Federal University is a dynamic university with high standards in teaching and research and a growing reputation for enterprise, employment and opportunity. At present SFedU comprises Technological, Pedagogical and Architecture Institutes, 36 faculties, 23 branches, 70 Research units.

Research Center for Nanoscale structure of Matter

The main field of the research is the study of 3D local atomic nanoscale geometry and electronic structure in various types of advanced novel materials including nanotechnology objects at the subatomic limit.

This novel approach is based on the high-end theoretical analysis of the high resolution experimental data: XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure) and / or EELS (Electron Energy Loss Spectra).

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Adam Mickiewicz University - Poland

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan is the major academic institution in Poznań and one of the top Polish universities. Currently its student population is nearly 40 000 students and 1 300 Ph.D students. The mission of the University is to advance knowledge through high quality research and teaching in partnership with business, public services and developing social responsibility.
The University continuously extends and updates research programs and content of study curricula, with special emphasis  on their interdisciplinary and international nature.
The University currently employs nearly 3,000 teaching staff, including 370 tenured professors, and over 2200 nonacademic employees. AMU comprises 15 faculties, among others Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Physics and Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Very important for the development of scientific research have two major research centers: NanoBioMedical Center and Center for Advanced Technologies.
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