Pr. Alain Dufresne

Alain Dufresne is currently Professor of The International School of Paper, Print Media and Biomaterials (Pagora) at Grenoble Institute of Technology, France. He obtained a PhD in Electronics from the National Institute of Applied Sciences at Toulouse, and a MSc in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and in Solid State Physics from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse. He is an expert on polysaccharide nanofibrils and nanocrystals (cellulose, chitin, starch), on processing and characterization of nanocomposites based on renewable resources and on valorization of the biomass. Alain Dufresne was Associate Professor of Physical and Metallurgy & Materials Physics Lab. at National Institute of Applied Sciences, Lyon, and professor in the Research Center on Vegetable Macromolecules (CERMAV) at Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble. He was, for one year, visiting professor at Program of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials (PEMM) of COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, and visiting professor for one month at Polymer Research Centre (PORCE) at Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia. From 2014 to 2017, Alain Dufresne was part-time at Fortaleza, Brazil, working in the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA). He received the 2016 International Nanotechnology Division Award and FiberLean® Technologies Prize awarded by TAPPI, and EPNOE Science Award 2019. He is in the 2016 top 300 most cited researchers in materials science and engineering/Elsevier Scopus Data, and 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 highly cited researchers/Clarivate Analytics. In the “polymers” subfield of Subject wise world ranking of top 2 percent scientists conducted in 2020 by Stanford University, he ranked 9th in the world and 1st in Europe among the 80,670 researchers worldwide in this field. (institutional web page).