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▪ Tec21 wins an award

Published September, 2017

Last June, Tec21 participated in the University Industry Interaction conference in Dublin, and presented its research industry internships initiative that was selected as the "next practice" award winner by the evaluation committee of the University Industry Interaction Network.

The UIIN is a dynamic network of academics, practitioners and business professionals passionate about advancing university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation. Members of UIIN include higher education institution managers (e.g. rectors, vice chancellors), intermediaries (e.g. technology transfer officers, mobility officers), researchers from various fields, business professionals (e.g. innovation managers or management) and policy makers.

Dedicated to sharing knowledge, discovering solutions and building relationships, UIIN hosts the largest conference in the field, educates the leaders of tomorrow through its workshops and is involved in generating new knowledge in various European research projects. With nearly 500 participants, the 2017 University Industry Interaction Conference in Dublin was the largest UIIN conference thus far.


You can view Tec21 banner entitled "Research industry Internships: A Public-Private Collaboration Launcher"


▪ PhD Defense

Published June, 2017

On the 27th of June 2017, Megan Smyth will defend her PhD entitled "Stimuli responsive nanocellulose based matrices for differentiating cell growth". This work, centered on the development of cellulose for biomedical application and carried out at the LGP2 in close collaboration with the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), was jointly supervised by Julien Bras (LGP2) and Johan Foster (Virginia Tech) as part of a long term visitor grant funded in 2014.


The aim of this work was to develop nanocellulose based matrices having tunable mechanical properties (rigidity and microstructure) that could be adjusted using external signals applied during the growth of cells on the substrate in order to orient their differentiation.


The defense will take place in room D2 at the LGP2.

▪ Conference

Published April, 2017

On the 2nd of May 2017, the SIMAP, 3SR and the CMTC organise an afternoon conference on X-ray tomography. Four presentation will be given by researchers from Grenoble to make a focus on the different techniques using X-ray tomography as a powerful research tool in material sciences.


- Alessandro Tengattini, 3SR : NeXT: Neutron and X-ray Tomography.
- Pierre Lhuissier, SIMaP : X-ray tomography in material sciences: overview of the possibilities at the lab scale and on big instruments
- Sabine Rolland du Roscoat and Edward Endo, 3SR : Microtomography of discrete and continuous materials: recent progress and perspectives at the 3SR lab
- Frédéric Charlot, CMTC : FIB-tomography: principle and examples


The conference will be held at the Besson amphitheater, from 2pm to 4pm.


Contact: Yannick Champion (head of the SIMAP laboratory)

▪ Tec21 PhD defense

Published December, 2016

Sholpan Sumbekova was the first PhD student to be financed by Tec21 as part of our doctoral fellowship programme. 


She arrived in 2014 in Grenoble to start her project under the supervision of Alain Cartellier and Mickaël Bourgoin, both researchers at the LEGI, and Alberto Aliseda from the University of Washington who received a long term visitor grant associated to this PhD to co-supervise the project.


Sholpan will defend her thesis entitled "Clustering of inertial sub-Kolmogorov particles : Structure of clusters and their dynamics" on the 15th of December this year at the amphitheatre K116 of the LEGI.


We wish her good luck!


View the abstract of her thesis here

▪ Now online: the Encyclopédie de l'Environnement

Published November, 2016

Sponsored by the public research institutions of the University Grenoble Alpes, the Encyclopédie de l'Environnement sheds a new light on one of the most important topic of the 21st century: the environment, its evolution and human-environment interactions.


At the origin of the project is the will of the authors to bring a comprehensive and documented source of information to those wishing to better understand what is going on in the air, water and soil, how does climate work, and what are the complex interactions between the environment and living organisms, including human beings.



Through more than 50 articles published today and many more to come in the next months, all of them written and reviewed by specialist researchers, the Encyclopédie de l’Environnement provides scientific explanations, pedagogical material and bibliography in an effort to make the knowledge accessible to the widest audience.


▪ PEI: Processes, Environment, Industry

Published July, 2016

Since 2007, the scientific community in mechanical and process engineering in Grenoble is putting significant efforts in the structuration of its experimental tools and of its scientific expertise, as well as in the strengthening of the education offer in Grenoble (a number of education programs dedicated to the Engineering of Industrial Systems, or to Industrial Processes and the Management of the Environment were launched by the Université Grenoble Alpes and Grenoble-INP).

In 2010, 8 research laboratories belonging to the Université Grenoble Alpes, the CNRS, Grenoble INP and IRSTEA decided to join forces and create the Fédération Galileo Galilei de Grenoble.

The PEI project was born from this long-term collective effort which beneficiated from the initial involvement of the Envirhonalp cluster and was recently reinforced by the support of Tec21, the Center for Excellence in Mechanical and Process Engineering.

In 2013, as part of the Opération Campus “Grenoble Université de l’Innovation”, the University engaged in the biggest construction project on the campus since more than 30 years, and in November 2015, the 2 200 m² ground floor of the Galilée building was made available for hosting the whole PEI platform, i.e. the education and students projects area, the start-up private surfaces, and the “process hall” dedicated to hosting semi-industrial pilots, large size experiments and public-private projects to be carried out by researchers in collaboration with industries.


On the 7th of June 2016, the key academic partners of the PEI platform were present on the university campus to introduce the platform to almost 80 attendees coming from research groups, education units, big industries, SMEs and technological start-up companies.

This day was the occasion for the managers of the platform to reaffirm the will of the scientific community in mechanical and process engineering to reinforce its relations with industrial players in chemical engineering, agri-food industry, oil and gas, biorefinery and new materials, through collaborative projects putting together researchers, R&D engineers, and students from the numerous education units active in Grenoble in engineering sciences.

Key industrial players were present to explain their activities in chemical engineering, effluents treatment and material processing, and highlight the main challenges in their industry to help the scientific community connect its research activities to the current R&D problems.

A number of bilateral meetings were organised to give researchers and industrials the opportunity to discuss more in depth specific R&D topics and build contacts for further shared projects that will fuel the platform’s activity.


Visite PEI web site here

▪ EJH Colloquium 2016

Published April, 2016

Through a career spanning over 50 years of research in fluid mechanics, Prof. Emil J. Hopfinger has made inspiring and renewing contributions to the knowledge of geophysical and industrial flows.


In parallel Emil Hopfinger has played a prominent role in the promotion and organization of the engineering community via his involvement in the American Physical Society (APS) in the US, the European Mechanics Society (EUROMECH) in Europe, and the Comité National de la Recherche Scientifique (CoNRS) in France. He has also been active in the creation in Grenoble of the Laboratoire des Écoulements Géophysiques et Industriels (LEGI), which he headed for 5 years.


This three-day Colloquium that will take place from the 11th to the 13th of May 2016 in Grenoble, aims at celebrating Emil Hopfinger’s mileage of 50 years of continuing effort in science.


Visit the web site of the EJH Colloquium

▪ European Workshop

Published January, 2016

From the 28th to the 30th of June 2016, the 14th edition of the European Workshop on lignocellulosics and pulp (EWLP) will be held in Autrans, near Grenoble.

This European workshop, co-organised by the main actors of biomass conversion and valorisation takes place every two years and is one of the largest events in the field of lignocellulosics chemistry, characterisation and use.

As a specialist in this area and the head of the Biorefinery department of the Laboratory for Pulp and Paper Sciences (LGP2), Christine Chirat will chair this 14th edition.


For more information and registration, please visit the web site of the conference here.