École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille

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The International Master 2 "Biorefinery" of École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille is providing a 1-year program in chemistry and biochemistry. It is supported by the French Laboratory Unit of Catalysis and Solid Chemistry (Lille - France).


The course must make it possible to know not only the chemical, physical and biotechnological means of transforming the biomass (plants, wood, algae) into its components (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin) but also to valorize these components and the functional groups of the molecules in biofuels and / or in chemical synthons. 

Indeed, we can use lignocellulose for biofuels but also sugars, vegetable oils and products rich in carbon and hydrogen such as terpenes to synthesize various synthons and platform molecules in basic chemistry and fine chemistry. The goal is therefore to know how to substitute these molecules for those resulting from the non-renewable material, or even how to generate new products,

Essentially multidisciplinary, the Biorefinery course from École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille will include notions of chemistry and biology (especially plant) with emphasis on catalysts (heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzymatic), but also notions of chemical, biological and biotechnological processes engineering to be able to implement the reactions in the most "green" conditions possible while respecting safety and the environment. At the end of the training, the student will be able to design processes adapted to the transformation of plant components to produce the desired molecules using the best method according to environmental constraints and the cost of production.

Programme Structure

    Courses included:
  • Biomass production and recycling
  • Bio and chemical processes
  • Biomass pretreatment and thermal treatment
  • Chemicals and fuels from biomass
  • English
  • Transferable skills (GRH,  project management, bibliographic project)

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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General requirements

  • Required diploma : This program is open to students in chemistry and / or biochemistry having validated 4 years of study
  • English: The advised language level corresponds to B2. A copy of your certificate with your score for either TOEFL, or IELTS or TOIC should be provided.
  • International students should check if their country has a Campusfrance agency:
  • IF SO, they have to start their online Campus France file before March 15th.  IF NOT, they need to follow Lille1 University's validation procedure, like Europeans students.
  • European students have to go through the validation procedure from Lille1 University: the procedure is online (in French) and opens from March to end of April.

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