The French physicist Manuel Bibes will receive the Descartes-Huygens Prize 2017. 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 nanoscientists has been awarded the prize for hisoutstanding research and hiscontribution to Franco-Dutch relations. The € 23,000 prize will allow the French physicist to conduct research in the Netherlands.
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.
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.
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