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A double award for Alain Dufresne

Published on October 10, 2016
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Award

A nice double win for the Professor, specialist in bio-based nanocomposites, rewarded by a prize of the TAPPI and ranked in the 300 most cited researchers in the field of Materials Science & Engineering in 2016.

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Professor at Grenoble INP-Pagora, Alain Dufresne was recently handed the "2016 International Nanotechnology Division Award and FiberLean® Technologies Prize" by the US-based Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI). According to the Elsevier Scopus database, he is also one of the 300 most frequently cited researchers in the field of Materials Science & Engineering in 2016, in a list developed for Shanghai Ranking.

Having graduated from Toulouse's Paul Sabatier University in 1987 with a DEA advanced diploma in Solid State Physics, Alain Dufresne first came into contact with polymers during his Master in Chemical Engineering at Montreal Polytechnic, where he was supervised by Professor Pierre Carreau. In 1991, he presented his PhD thesis on thermostimulated creep in composites at the INSA in Toulouse. He then returned to Montreal, where he joined the Institute of Industrial Materials and the Centre for Applied Polymer Research, to complete a post-doctoral internship on ultrasonic measurements in polymer flows. In 1997, at Grenoble's Joseph Fourier University, he obtained his accreditation to supervise research on the implementation and properties of nano and micro-heterogeneous materials.

Having been promoted to Associate Professor (1993) and then Professor (2001) at Joseph Fourier University, he worked at the Research Centre for Plant Macromolecules (Grenoble) until 2003. He then joined Grenoble INP-Pagora, where he gave classes on biocomposites and polymers to students of the group's engineering schools (Pagora, Phelma).

In the scientific sphere, Alain Dufresne’s research focuses on the implementation and characterisation of polymer nanocomposites reinforced with nanoparticles extracted from renewable resources (biomass and agricultural residues). He has had more than 230 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and, in 2012, his book  "Nanocellulose : From Nature to High Performance Tailored Materials" was published by De Gruyter.
At the Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2), he headed the Converting-Biomaterials-Packaging team from 2005 until the laboratory's restructuring in 2013.

Alain Dufresne is extremely active in the international sphere, having set up collaborations with universities and research centres across the world. He was a guest Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Fortaleza, as well as the National University of Malaysia. Frequently invited to speak at international conferences, he has also organised or co-organised several of these events. Indeed, in June this year, he chaired the TAPPI's highly successful International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials (Nano 2016) in Grenoble.

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Date of update October 10, 2016

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