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A highly original research unit

Published on October 16, 2015
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The evaluation of the LGP2 by HCERES highlights the wide academic recognition and important international influence of this "highly original unity in the landscape of French and European research".

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In January 2015, as part of the 2014-2015 assessment campaign (wave A), the Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (joint research unit) was assessed by the High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES). Published in July, its assessment report offers a positive overall appraisal of this "highly original unit on the French and European research landscape, both in terms of its public-private structure and its field of research. The quality and originality of the unit's research has led to wide academic recognition and significant international exposure, particularly in Europe".

The committee of experts acknowledged the restructuring carried out in 2013 to organise the laboratory in a more coherent manner based around three teams, as well as noting its positive impact: "The unit's restructuring and notoriety have enabled it to join forces within a number of organisations recently established in Grenoble, including the Carnot Institutes (Énergie du Futur and Polynat), the Axelera competitive cluster, Labex Tec 21 and the 3G research federation, so as to contribute to the development of original multidisciplinary projects". One notable consequence of this strong commitment to collaboration is that "new opportunities are now open to the unit in terms of innovative applications (active packaging, smart paper and medical applications)".

LGP2 "has struck the right balance between high-quality fundamental research and research focused on innovation. Initially centred on the paper industries and process engineering, the unit has expanded its scope to include material science and innovative research on biosourced products". Indeed, "the new scientific directions and priorities chosen by the unit are the result of in-depth thinking on these topics and on society's needs: the environment and energy, biomaterials and new technologies".

The HCERES also highlighted the unit's strengths: "its unique skills and expertise [ ] in whitening and de-inking processes as well as in lignocellulosic and nanocellulose fibre surface chemistry", its significant and ever-increasing high-quality scientific production output, its strong partnerships with industry and a "range of facilities and experimental benches that is unique in the country". The experts were also enthusiastic about the wealth of scientific talent within the unit and its highly motivated staff. In addition, they remarked on "the strong synergy between teaching and research", facilitated by the laboratory's position within the Grenoble INP-Pagora engineering school.

Among its recommendations, the assessment committee noted that "the innovation approach adopted for products, smart paper and functional systems must be consolidated", notably by ensuring that the unit's characterisation tools, platforms and specific experimental benches remain at the cutting edge.

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Date of update October 16, 2015

Grenoble INP Institut d'ingénierie Univ. Grenoble Alpes