Toulouse-Mainz Scholar Exchange Program

Below are details about our Applied Physics (APP) graduate student exchange program with research universities and institutes in two European cities – Toulouse, France and Mainz, Germany. Strong research relationships already exist between Rice and these research centers, and many Rice graduate students have visited them for collaborations during the past decade. In addition, graduate students from Toulouse have been visiting Rice for the past year and from Mainz for the past 4 years. To participate, students and their advisors must submit a 2-page proposal describing the indended research plan to sciapp@rice.edu.

The aim of this program is to establish our educational relationships in a more formal manner by initiating a system for Rice APP graduate students to spend research time at these universities given that modern research is an international endeavor and rewards the students that participate in it as such. Besides course credit, our students will be given opportunities for cultural engagement and collaboration with researchers and students in these host countries.

Research in a foreign laboratory will count as one elective course, designated APPL 750, towards completion of the Rice student’s Applied Physics Ph.D. during the student’s fall semester abroad. Additional transfer course credit is available if the student chooses and completes one of the foreign graduate courses listed below, and will count towards the 5 elective course credit requirement of the degree and will be listed on the student's transcript as TRAN 500. Additional foreign elective courses beyond those listed can be suggested by the student and advisor in a similar manner currently for adding new Rice electives, by petitioning APCAC for approval. No foreign courses can replace the core courses in the APP curriculum.

This program is open to all APP Ph.D. students (Rice EU graduate students who participate are not eligible for APP support and will not receive APPL 750 credit).

Contacts at Rice:

Contact at Toulouse: NEXT Director Prof. Xavier Marie

Contact at MAINZ: Profs. Carsten Sönnichsen, Matthias Kläui

Mainz Exchange Courses

Full Courses (55+):

  • Advanced simulation techniques (4 h /week)
  • Materials Science: Advanced Materials and ultrafast spectroscopy (4 h/week) li/p>
  • Experimental physics: nuclear and quantum physics (3 h/week),
  • Theory of soft matter I (3 h/w)
  • Theory of soft matter II (3 h/w)
  • Photonics 1 and physics of the laser (3 h/w)
  • Quantum optics 1 (3 h/w)
  • Ion traps and mass spectrometry (3 h/w)
  • Photonics 2 and nonlinear optics (3 h/w)
  • Laser spectroscopy (3 h/w)
  • Quantum optics 2 and quantum information (3 h/w)

Toulouse Exchange Courses

Full Courses:

  • Energy storage and conversion (55h≈5h/w - 12w)
  • General Electrochemistry (Basic in electrochemistry, Corrosion, Analytical methods, 60h≈5h/w - 12w)
  • Solid-state chemistry (Inorganic solid-state chemistry, Basics in chemistry of polymers, 70h≈6h/w - 12w)

Dual Combination of Courses (each counts as one half course):

  • Physical Chemistry of Materials: bonds, defects, reactivity (30h≈3h/w - 12w)
  • Application of Surface Treatments to Energy Storage (35h≈3h/w - 12w)
  • Catalysis (30h≈3h/w - 12w)
  • Chemical alternatives for energy (30h≈3h/w - 12w)
  • Laser Technics, Quantum Optoelectronics (30h)
  • Nanobiotechnology (lectures+clean room : 40 h)
  • Microsystem (workshop) (lectures+clean room : 40 h)