The aim is to train engineers capable of designing, producing, formulating and analysing innovative molecules and materials in the service of the living world, and to do so in a spirit of sustainable development,

For what professions?

This major is a gateway to various careers:

  • Engineer in the research/development of products or of processes
  • Analytic research engineer
  • Engineer in technological monitoring
  • Engineer in industrial property
  • Design office manager, project manager
  • Control laboratory manager
  • Quality engineer
  • Health and safety engineer
  • Technico-commercial engineer
  • Research fellow or researcher
  • Enseignant-chercheur ou chercheur

Content of the course

The training covers:

  • Organic chemistry: clean technologies, activation and catalysis in unusual media (water, ionic and fluorinated fluids, supercritical states…), synthesis of active principles, molecular modelling, nano-objects, microfluidics …
  • Biological chemistry – biochemistry – biotechnology: biopolymers, natural products, reactivity of molecules, toxicology, molecular genetics, metabolic biochemistry, active pharmaceutical ingredients , microarray technology, bio-captors, industrial enzymes, renewable raw materials
  • Chemistry of Solids and Materials: syntheses, thin films, rheology, nanomaterials, semi-conductors…
  • Methodology of analysis: spectroscopy (infrared, UV, NMR), crystallography, chromatography, mass spectrometry, microscopy, fluorescence, analysis of radionuclides…
  • Formulation: surfactants, colloids, vectorisation and targeting, amphiphiles, gels, encapsulation, detergents and cosmetics, dispersed food media …
  • Process engineering: microbiological engineering, bioconversion, changes of scale from the laboratory to the factory, catalytic reactors, regulatory aspects …

Note that a quarter of the lecturers on this course come from the business world (Sanofi, Rhodia, SGS, PCAS, Bioprojet…) and major research bodies (CNRS, Pasteur, Inserm…)

The sectors of activity aimed at

In general, all sectors of the chemicals industry are likely to be impacted by this course. The most concerned are:

  • pharmacy
  • agri-food
  • pure fine chemistry
  • the biotechnologies
  • cosmetics and specialities
  • Laboratories and research bodies (CNRS, Pasteur, Inserm…)

Régis Guérin, Nutrition BU Production Manager at Eurofins Analytics

“For more than 10 years, the Eurofins Analytics laboratory in Nantes has collaborated with the ENSCR and welcomes student-engineers, generally 1st year students, as part of their work placement.
The objective and the purpose of this internship are focused on the discovery of the job of analytical production manager / technician in a private laboratory with an industrial approach to the organization in order to perform numerous analyzes in a minimum of time, but also be able to organize his work in order to carry out his daily planning and rigorously follow the analytical protocols in a spirit of accuracy. The student, by integrating the analytical units, is therefore brought to apply his theoretical and practical knowledge taught at the ENSCR but also to develop his personal skills, interpersonal skills, which is generally a rewarding experience for these young future graduates.
(In addition to these different missions, the trainee is supported in a research project or method reliability which will be integrated into his written report, which he will then present to a jury of teachers.)
The training provided by the ENSCR is recognized and appreciated by Eurofins Analytics, we have already hired student engineers for R&D project manager positions in our different Business Units which testifies concretely to our confidence in the skills of these latter. “


Valentin FROMOND (class of 2016) in charge of scheduling missions in the Roullier group.

“After a bac S, I joined the Integrated Preparatory Cycle of the ENSCR in 2011. These two years of training allowed me to acquire the necessary knowledge to calmly approach the engineering cycle at the ENSCR. After a first year of common core, I followed the Chemistry and Technology for Living major to then specialize in Formulation during my 3rd year of engineering cycle.
During my final internship at Dow Silicones in Belgium, I was able to develop various water-repellent products for the construction industry. This experience also allowed me to become aware of the importance for an Engineer to understand and know the operation of other services present in business (Marketing, Finance, Project Management, etc.) in order to better collaborate with them.
That is why, after obtaining my degree as an Engineer, I chose to follow a double degree in management at the IAE in Rennes to open up to these different fields. This allowed me to discover the Supply Chain field and to do my final internship in the chemical industry in Supply Chain at Solvay. I was then able to join the Solvay Group as Permanent Scheduling Manager after this internship. My job was to build the manufacturing plans of our various production workshops to meet the needs of our customers. It was a very rich experience where contact with technical teams was omnipresent. My engineering degree was therefore a real added value on a daily basis.
After this first experience, I decided to return to Brittany. I just joined the Roullier group, where I hold a position in the Supply Chain. If I have to give advice to the students of the School, it is not to close doors and to choose well its end of studies internship because it can be a real springboard for the future!”

Alice Boulanger (class of 2019) is in charge of regulatory affairs at Timab Magnesium (Roullier group).

“I graduated in 2019, I had chosen the major Chemistry and Technologies for the Living (CTL). The internships I did during my course allowed me to guide my professional project. Indeed, I was able to discover the production, quality and R&D professions during my internships in companies and fundamental research during my internship in England. At the end of my courser, I knew that I wanted to work in the field of quality. I found my first permanent employment at the end of my final internship as Regulatory Affairs Officer at Timab Magnesium, a subsidiary of the Roullier group, specializing in magnesium products. My job is very related to quality service. It is a matter of ensuring that the product is brought into compliance before being marketed. I am at the interface of all services, which makes my work interesting: I participate in the development, referencing and marketing of new products. Training as an engineer gives us the tools to adapt to our job and to continue to train. I like to say that school teaches us how to learn.”

Samuel Jacoutot (class of 2017) in thesis at the Institute of Radical Chemistry in Marseille

“After 2 years of preparatory classes (CPGE), I decided to orient my course towards organic chemistry, and more particularly, towards the synthesis of bioactive molecules. With this idea in mind, I joined the ENSCR thanks to the options that the school could offer. So I logically chose the Major in Chemistry and Technologies for the living from the 2nd year of the engineering cycle. I then specialized in organic chemistry by opting for a Research Master in molecular chemistry, in double course during my 3rd year, while keeping options turned towards the industrial production of active ingredients for pharmacy at the ENSCR. This course at the ENSCR was very rich in experiences, in particular thanks to my internships. In the 2nd year, I did my internship at an institute of medicinal chemistry in Brisbane (Australia). This experience was extremely enriching, both for my professional career and for the discovery of a new country in total immersion. My final internship in the COrInt research team was also an excellent experience and allowed me to arm myself well for the future. Thanks to this training and this end-of-study internship, I was able to calmly grasp a thesis in organic synthesis at the Institute of Radical Chemistry in Marseille. My work consists of synthesizing stable radicals in order to provide new contrast agents for MRI. I take great pleasure in working in university research and this path allows me to consider continuing on this path, while keeping the door open to go into industry. “

Florian GOUNIN, Major CTV (class of 2017), technical-commercial engineer at IMCD

“Following on from my preparatory school, I went to the ENSCR in order to carry out a chemical engineer course specializing in biochemistry.
My 1st year internship at Jean Hénaff Production allowed me, thanks to the missions I was given, to realize that I wanted to move towards a more commercial than scientific profession. My 2nd year internship in a university laboratory in Canada specializing in biochemistry comforted me with this idea.
At the end of this internship, I opted in the last year for a double course linking science and business: biochemistry courses at the ENSCR and marketing-business courses at the IGR-IAE. To finalize my studies, it was in the company IMCD France, distributor of chemical products, that I carried out my 3rd year internship with marketing and commercial aim mainly.
Thanks to various opportunities within the company but also thanks to a desire to continue in this environment, I obtained a permanent contract as a Technical-Commercial Engineer in the field of Coatings within IMCD. In addition to a successful end-of-studies internship, it is the fact of having followed a double scientific and commercial course which valued my candidacy in front of other candidates.
In my current position, I aim to develop sales related to my client portfolio by providing them with technical and commercial support.”

Charlotte Juillet (class of 2017) currently doing a PhD at ICSN at CNRS in Gif-sur-Yvette

“After 2 years in CPGE (preparatory class for high schools), I joined the ENSCR because I was very interested in organic chemistry, especially in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields. The ENSCR offered the CTV course focused on organic chemistry which corresponded perfectly to my professional project, while leaving me other options if I were to change my mind. In 2nd year I therefore naturally opted for the CTV sector with the advanced organic chemistry option. My 2nd year internship took place in a research laboratory in Prague, which confirmed my interest in the pharmaceutical field and more particularly in that of research. I then chose for the 3rd year to carry out a double molecular chemistry research diploma offered at Rennes 1 University to consolidate my training in organic chemistry. During my graduation internship within the Sanofi group, I worked in medicinal chemistry, that is to say in the design and synthesis of bioactive molecules. It is a discipline that combines research and the practical aspect of being able to develop a drug in the long term. This brings together different fields such as biology and pharmacology. Following this experience, I decided to pursue my thesis journey, which takes place at the institute of chemistry of natural substances on a subject of synthesis of protein inhibitors involved in cancer. I am in full bloom and plan in the longer term to continue research still but in the pharmaceutical industry. “

Guillaume Le Cloirec (class of 2017) attended the CTV Major

“In the second year of the engineering cycle at the ENSCR, I chose the major CTV for its training in organic chemistry and biochemistry. Having always wanted to combine chemistry and the environment, I did my 2nd year internship at the Green Chemistry Center of Excellence in York, England. The research project involved the production of a new bio-based polymer made from cellulose. In the 3rd year I took advantage of the school’s partnerships to carry out a semester in Prague with a training focused on biotechnology. This semester allowed me to develop new skills in a booming sector complementary to chemistry. Thanks to this training, I was able to integrate a biotechnology company (Deinove) developing eco-friendly processes for my end of study internship. I joined the Down Stream Process (DSP) team and my job was to develop a complete process from a fermentation wort, containing bacteria, for the cosmetics market. This includes the steps of solid-liquid separation, extraction, purification and formulation of an innovative molecule. Following my internship, I was offered a job as a green chemical engineer on a fixed-term contract in order to finalize the project until the finished product was marketed. I also had the responsibility of supervising the technicians of the platform on the various projects of the company. This experience was very interesting because I was able to work on the whole process, from the laboratory scale to the industrial pilot. “

Paola Martin (class of 2016), R&D Engineer at Roullier

“After a scientific baccalaureate, I joined the preparatory cycle of the ENSCR in 2011. At the end of these two years, I joined the engineering cycle of the School. In the 2nd year of the engineering cycle, I chose the Major in Chemistry and Technologies for the Living, advanced organic chemistry specialty. Then, I specialized in analysis and formulation, biological molecules and physico-chemistry during the 3rd year.
I did my final internship at the Roullier Group’s Global Innovation Center in Saint-Malo. During these six months, I worked on the design and characterization of new products for Plant Nutrition. Just graduated, I was hired by the Roullier Group as a Research and Development Engineer. My job is to develop new active ingredients for plant production. I work on the extraction and purification of active ingredients, the formulation of new fertilizers and their physico-chemical characterization. If I can give advice to ENSCR students, it is to choose carefully their end-of-study internship, because this experience can prove to be a real springboard to employment. “

Margaux GESLOT (class of 2016) GSS project manager
“From the baccalaureate, I knew that I wanted to move towards chemistry and more particularly organic chemistry. Research in the pharmaceutical industry was really an area that interested me. However, after a year in the pharmaceutical industry, I realized that I was wrong. Continuing my studies towards a thesis was not an option for me. My course in organic chemistry is almost finished, I chose to do a double degree with the management institute in order to open up new job opportunities. The master management and business administration allowed me to obtain an internship which led to a job in the field of mass distribution, a field which was completely unknown to me. Currently, I’m a project manager specializing in DIY and automotive products. I really flourish in this position by using every day all the faculties of an engineer and all the knowledge assimilated during my studies. ”

Benjamin VILLON (class of 2016), CHU d’Amiens
“I graduated from the Rennes school of chemistry in which I specialized in living chemistry and in the health field. Currently, I work in the pharmacy of the Amiens CHU. It is in this context that I perform analyzes for clinical trials and that I assemble the analytical files in order to market drug solutions / medical devices for pediatric use. I think that the strengths of the ENSCR are: its versatility in terms of education, its network as well as its multiple internships (without counting the possibility of doing a caesura and / or a double diploma). Indeed, the school allows us to have notions in most fields related to chemistry. This allowed me to have all the concepts for my new job and to be able to search for additional information quickly and efficiently. I even reopened courses that I thought obsolete when I was a student! In addition, the alumni network is very active and makes it easier to find a job and / or internship, which was my case, before I graduated I had a fixed-term contract. The final duration of the internships at the end of school is about one year, which allowed me to project myself in different fields of chemistry and to orient my professional career in order to specialize in analytical chemistry in the end. “