From Seoul, Republic of Korea, Ie-Rang Jeon is a member of the MaCSE (Matière Condensée et Systèmes Electroactifs) team at the Institut des Sciences Chimiques in Rennes.
She works on molecular “bricks” which she provides with made-to-measure properties such as magnetism, before assembling them to create materials which are more intelligent and less polluting. She is working on the development of a new generation of magnets and ferroelectric materials which are lighter, smaller, more flexible and power-saving, and which would revolutionise the production of everyday objects such as laptop computers or cars. “My goal is to propose a new way of creating materials, which are built in a similar way to how bricks are put together in a child's game.”
Created in 1998, the goal of this Fondation L'Oréal grant programme, in partnership with the Académie des sciences and the Commission nationale française pour l’UNESCO, is to recognise and recompense women scientists from each continent.