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Descartes-Huygens Prize for Manuel Bibes to start collaboration with the Center

15 December 2017
Photo: Fabienne Issot-Sergent, Thales Research and Technology
Photo: Fabienne Issot-Sergent, Thales Research and Technology

Manuel Bibes is the recipient of the 2017 Descartes-Huygens Prize. He has been awarded the prize for his outstanding research and his contribution to Franco-Dutch relations. That was announced today by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Embassy of France in the Netherlands and the Académie des Sciences.

The Descartes-Huygens prize (a grant of EUR 23,000) will allow Bibes to spend three months conducting research at the Center for Cognitive Systems and Materials at the University Groningen. He will also visit the nanolaboratories at the University of Twente. The three organisations aim to combine their expertise to develop low-power electronics.

Manuel Bibes (born 1976) works in materials science and studies metal oxides. He is a research director at Unité Mixte de Physique, a partnership between electronics firm Thales and CNRS, the French government organisation for basic research. Bibes is known for his research on oxide thin films and their use in spintronics. Although relatively young, he is already one of the top researchers in his field. He has been issued several patents, publishes regularly in top journals, and has received an ERC Consolidator grant and other awards. Bibes will use his Descartes-Huygens Prize to spend three months conducting research at the Center for Cognitive Systems and Materials at the University Groningen . He will also visit the nanolaboratories at the University of Twente. The three organisations aim to combine their expertise to develop low-power electronics.

About the Descartes-Huygens Prize

The French and Dutch governments established the Descartes-Huygens Prize in 1995 to recognise researchers for their outstanding work and their contribution to Franco-Dutch relations. The KNAW selects the French candidate. The Dutch candidate is selected by the Académie des Sciences. The prize money, € 23,000, is intended to cover the cost of a French researcher’s residence in the Netherlands and a Dutch researcher’s residence in France. The awards ceremony will take place in early 2018 in Paris.

Link to KNAW press-release

Last modified:09 January 2018 1.23 p.m.

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