Start date :14/09/2017
End date :14/09/2017
Location : Amphi. 2 - MRV, 118 route de Narbonne, 31400, Toulouse
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.