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Julien Bras joins the Institut Universitaire de France

Published on May 26, 2016
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Election - Nomination

Associate Professor at Grenoble INP-Pagora, he will become a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) on 1 October 2016, for a period of five years.

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The role of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) is to support the development of high-level research in universities and strengthen cross-disciplinary cooperation. A selection of teacher-researchers (junior and senior members) are named by an international jury for the exceptional quality of their research. Their statutory teaching hours are reduce by two-thirds and they receive both a bonus and a budget allocation.

Junior member status is granted to "young teacher-researchers, professors or associate professors of exceptional quality, whose research is currently in a phase that requires their teaching load and administrative obligations to be reduced". Elected for five years, members are seconded to the IUF, but remain at their home university. They must contribute to the promotion of science at local, national and international level. They are asked to submit a report on their work half-way through and at the end of their membership period.

A former student of the National School of Chemistry of Toulouse (ENSCT), Julien Bras presented a PhD thesis on the barrier properties of parchment paper at the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse in 2004. He was named Associate Professor at Grenoble INP-Pagora in 2006 and received his Accreditation to Lead Research (HDR) in 2011. He heads the Multiscale Biobased Materials team at the Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2).

His appointment by the IUF is reward for his unwavering commitment to innovative research in the field of nanocellulose. Blessed with the ability to organize themselves into networks to form stable suspensions or matrices with exceptional mechanical properties, these biobased particles are both lightweight and strong, as well as possessing extremely useful optical and barrier properties. They can also be functionalized in order to release molecules. This cutting-edge scientific area has applications in numerous sectors: composite materials, packaging, medicine, agri-food, cosmetics, etc.

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Date of update May 26, 2016

Grenoble INP Institut d'ingénierie Univ. Grenoble Alpes