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Basic Research and Innovation by Didier Roux, Collège de France

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Start date :14/09/2017

End date :14/09/2017

Time :09:00

Location : Amphi 2, Maison de la recherche et de la valorisation, 118 route de Narbonne, 31400, Toulouse

Basic Research and innovations: the great and small history

We examine, in this conference, the link between basic research, inventions and innovations. For it we address the history of the Innovations which led us from Pascal’s calculating machine to the modern digital era: the great history. We also illustrate it by my personal experience in my researcher’s life in statistical physics: the small history. Of these examples, we draw conclusions on the wealth and the synergies between understanding of the world arround us and economic development.

Biography

Didier Roux was born in 1955. After studies in chemistry and physics to “Ecole normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud”, he entered the CNRS in 1980. Doctor of state in 1984 he was senior CNRS scientist between 1990 and 2005. He managed the research centre Paul-Pascal from 1997 till 2001.

Physiochemist and specialist of condensed-matter, his research domain covered several theoretical and experimental aspects of the soft matter (liquid crystals, polymers, colloids, surfactants in solution…). He studied in particular the effects of the thermal fluctuations on the liquid 2D objects (phases of membranes), so participating in the experimental discovery of the wave interactions, in the theoretical description and study of the sponge phase, and in the discovery of the onion structure obtained by the flow of lamellar phases.

Author of more than 150 scientific articles and 14 patents, he is recipient of numerous awards and honors of which the Grand Prix IBM materials and the Grand Prix of the Academy of Science Mergier Bourdeix. He holds the silver (1992) and innovation medals of the CNRS.  He creates two start-ups in 1994 and 1998. He was Deputy Scientific Director of Rhône Poulenc and Rhodia between 1997 and 2005. He is from 2005 R&D and Innovation Vice President and from 2009 Director of Innovation of Saint-Gobain Group. He is a member of the Institut de France (Académie des sciences) and member of the Académie des technologies. He holds the Technological Innovation Chair Liliane Bettencourt at the Collège de France 2016-2017.

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