Christine Chirat honored by the International Academy of Wood Science
Published on October 1, 2013
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Christine Chirat, Associate Professor at Grenoble INP-Pagora was elected Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS).
Created in 1966, the International Academy of Wood Science has 375 Fellows representing 41 countries and working in wood science. The latter covers biology, chemistry and physics of wood natural materials and their derivative products, and the scientific basis of converting technologies of these materials into useful products.
The objective of the IAWS is to promote the international development of the wood science honoring outstanding achievements, defending a high level of research and publication, and also distinguishing the merit of some scientists in this field through their election as Fellows of the Academy.
Christine Chirat graduated from Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP-Pagora) in 1991. She received her PhD degree on ozone bleaching of lignocellulosic fibres in 1994. She then spent one year as a post doctoral fellow in the research center of the Westvaco company in Charleston, SC, USA. From 1995 to 2001, she worked as a research scientist at Centre Technique du Papier in Grenoble on the development of environmentally friendly bleaching of pulps. From 1998 to 2001, she was the head of the Chemical pulps-Bleaching group at CTP. In late 2001, she joined Grenoble INP-Pagora, got accreditation to supervise research in 2003 and was appointed Associate Professor in 2008. Since July 2013, she has been leading the research team "Biorefinery: chemistry and eco-processes" of the LGP2 laboratory.
Her teaching to the Grenoble INP-Pagora engineering students and Post Master students, and her research in LGP2 focus on biorefinery processes integrated into pulp and paper mills for the production of biofuels, bioproducts and biomaterials and the bleaching of lignocellulosic fibers with environmentally friendly processes.
The election of Christine Chirat as a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science marks the international recognition of the excellence of her contribution to the scientific development of the wood biorefinery including environmentally friendly bleaching. She joins the eighteen French members which also includes Naceur Belgacem and Dominique Lachenal, Professors in Grenoble INP-Pagora.