Master thesis

A large panel of subjects will be proposed for the Master thesis. Choose your subject !

Crystallography practice

The fourth semester of the Mamaself program is dedicated to the Master thesis.

The Master thesis will be conducted at one of the Universities of the Mamaself consortium (University of Rennes1, University of Montpellier,  LMU, TUM, University of Torino) or at Large Scale Facilities (see list page Partner Institutions). European students can also undergo the Master thesis at Non-European partner Institions : USA, BRAZIL, JAPAN, RUSSIA, INDIA, SWITZERLAND (see list and details on page Partner Institutions).

The Master thesis will last about 5 months between March and July. The subjects will be proposed in September and presented during the Mamaself summerschool.
The results of the Master thesis work will be presented by the Master 2 students during an annual meeting in May (Status meeting). The students will give an overview of their researchwork  in a conference with all Master 2, Consortium professors and invited experts.
See the details about this Mamaself Meeting page "Status Meeting" Rigi Kulm.

See also the video of the last meeting !

Some subjects in Materials science

Examples of subjects proposed by the Universities and Partner institutions are below.


Photoswitchable-MOFs: Design, synthesis, crystal structures et characterizations of photochromic porous hybrid solids for applications as sensors                 
Ultrafast photoswitching in molecular magnetic crystals investigated by femtosecond optical and X-ray spectroscopics
Phase transitions and pre-transitional effects in aperiodic molecular crystals
Modeling spin-orbital ground states and excitations probed by resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS)
Modeling spin-orbital ground states and excitations probed by resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) and Raman spectroscopy in Fe-based pnictides and chalcogenides.
Structural study of oxygen non-stoichiometry in high-Tc superconductor oxides
Structural investigations of the intermediate forms of a-U(Mo) and g-U(Mo).
In situ studies of New Energetic Materials for use in proton conducting fuel cells
Neutral-Ionic Transition in Charge-transfer Complexes Associated by Hydrogen Bonding


  • TUM

Electrolytes for a magnesium battery investigated by neutron quasi-elastic scattering
Multiresponsive polymeric hydrogels
Orthogonally switchable polymers
Hybrid solar cells with super-structures
Organic solar cells
Soft matter samples studied with neutron scattering

  • LMU

Light-driven water splitting – material optimization via density functiona theory calculations
Tuning the thermoelectric properties of nanoscale oxide materials by strain: insights from density functional theory calculations
Thesis Topics in Research Areas of LMU Applied Crystallography and Materials Science Group


Understanding of the electronic-promoting effect of Ir in bimetallic Ir-Mo/Al2O3 catalysts for hydrotreating reactions: a XES/XAS/XRS study
How does the catalytic active-sites form in supported Ziegler-Natta catalysts?
Structure, local environment and reactivity of metal centers hosted inside hybrid metal-organic frameworks (MOF) investigated by in situ XAS and high resolution XRPD
Redox state of the subducting slab at convergent tectonic margins: new insights from a micro-XANES study of an eclogitic gabbro
Structure of supported metal nano-particles combining EXAFS, SAXS and PDF approaches
XRD and XRF investigations of stacks of intrisic Josephson junctions by means of a synchrotron nano-beam
Fabrication of cellular biosensors in single-crystal diamond by means of ion-beam lithography techniques
Fabrication of single-photon emitters in single-crystal diamond
Metallic glasses as precursors of nanoporous metals for spectroscopy and devices
Ab-initio modelling of hybrid materials for adsorption by using high-performance supercomputing machines.
Ab initio simulation of doping and surface adsorption of nanostructured and graphene-based materials


Verres et vitrocéramiques chalcogénures pour le stockage électrochimique de l’énergie
Nanometer-scale order in zeolites from solid-state NMR
Apical oxygen disorder in Pr2NiO4+ and its influence on the oxygen mobility as a function of
temperature and  d
Lattice dynamics of oxygen conducting SrMOx (M=Fe, Co; x=2)
X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of new electrode materials for lithium batteries
Catalysis of peroveskite Oxides


Novel charge-density-wave (CDW) superconductors
Magnetic exchange in metal-organic Heisenberg antiferromagnets
Synthesis of Ir-based double perovskites Sr2BIrO6 (B = Ti, V, Cr, Mn) and determination of its structure and magnetic ordering



The dynamics of DNA
Simulation of Thermal Conductivity in Thermoelectric Materials
Structure and dynamics of liquid Cadmium from experiments and simulations

  • ESRF

The chemical environment of transition metal ions in solution
Electron Orbital Mixing in Lanthanide Compounds

  • University of Connecticut (UConn)

Charge ordening in Mott insulator transition metal oxide Pr2NiO4

  • TokyoTech

Tracking photo-induced phase transitions

  • Kyoto University

Synthesis and characterization of Sr2Sc1-xFexGaO5 and  Sr2ScGa1-xAlxO5 
Synthesis of novel transition-metal oxides