On 31st March 2017, Université de Rennes 1 will award Enric Canadell (Spain), Piergiorgio Casavecchia (Italy) and Fernando Lopes da Silva (Portugal and The Netherlands) with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, recompensing the excellence of their research and the partnerships they have created with Rennes 1 laboratories.
The ceremony will be held at Le Diapason on the Beaulieu campus at 4 pm.
Enric Canadell is one of the world specialists in the electronic structure of solids, molecular as well as inorganic, and is currently director of research at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spanish National Research Council - CSIC) in Barcelona. During his career, first at Université Paris-Sud in Orsay and then at the University of Chicago, he has developed approaches to theoretical chemistry and original concepts providing a simple but precise understanding of relationships between structures and electronic properties. His work has often led him to interact with the French community involved in the physics and chemistry of low dimensional conductors and to develop very innovative concepts: two band conductors, hidden nesting. His research on molecular conductors, carried out with the Condensed Matter and Electroactive systems (MaCSE) team of the Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (ISCR), is reflected in over 30 publications involving Université de Rennes 1.
Piergiorgio Casavecchia is a professor at Università degli Studi di Perugia. He is a world renowned specialist in experimental reaction dynamics, an area in which the mechanism of elementary chemical reactions is studied in detail. Apart from its contribution to fundamental research, his work can be applied to the fields of combustion, atmospheric chemistry and astrochemistry. After a postdoctorate with the future Nobel prizewinner in physics Y.T. Lee at the University of Berkeley, and on his return to Italy, he built a unique, experimental crossed molecular beam apparatus which brought him international renown. He has often worked with and been a visiting professor at prestigious laboratories such as the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2008, he received the Royal Society of Chemistry Polanyi medal. For 20 years, he has fostered fruitful scientific relations with the experimenters and theoreticians of the Institut de Physique de Rennes.
Fernando Lopes da Silva
Fernando Lopes da Silva is Emeritus Professor at the University of Amsterdam and scientific coordinator of the biomedical engineering programme of the Instituto Superior Técnico at the University of Lisbon. He is a member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. For 10 years, he was scientific director of the Institute of Neurobiology and member of the scientific direction of the Graduate school of neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam. His work on the electrophysiology of the brain, and in particular on the generation and the function of brain rhythms and on the origin of epileptic phenomena, have brought him international renown. In collaboration with the Laboratoire Traitement du Signal et de l’image (LTSI, UMR 1099) and Université de Rennes 1, his research concerns the treatment and modelling of electroencephalographic signals. Begun in 2000, his work has recently led to original articles on new methods of neurostimulation (Brain stimulation, 2016) as well as two chapters in the publication Electroencephalography: basic principles, clinical applications, and related fields (2017) considered as a standard setter in the field.
He is supported by Fabrice Wendling, research director at the Inserm, and Isabelle Merlet, research fellow at the Inserm, both members of the Laboratoire Traitement du Signal at de l'image(LTSI, UMR 1099).
2016 Doctoral awards
During the ceremony, the 247 PhD graduates in 2016 will also be honoured as well as the winners of the Foundation Rennes 1 thesis prize. This award corresponds to the objective of the Foundation to encourage innovation and social and economic development. One of the priorities of the Foundation is to support research work and to promote research carried out in the laboratories at Université de Rennes 1.