December 2015

LMGP a step closer to automated bioactive film production

Catherine Picart’s team at LMGP plans to use the €150,000 it received from the ERC BioactiveCoating project to optimize the automated production of layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte films that trap the proteins that induce bone regeneration during reconstructive surgery. The films, which count between 2 and 50 layers, are produced through a time-consuming manual process.
The researchers are already gearing up to automate production using one of the lab’s robots and, ultimately, transfer the technology to an industrial partner. Over the next eighteen months, the team will use the funds from the ERC project to reduce process costs and turnaround times, confirm the bioactivity of the films produced, and reduce the variability that plagues the manuallyproduced films.designed to raise students’ awareness of innovation and entrepreneurship.

  October 2015

Phelma’s freshman cohort better than ever

The 2015–2016 school year is the best yet for Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school. The school moved up the CCP admissions rankings between 60 and 230 slots, depending on the major. The CCP is a common entrance exam for France’s polytechnic institutes.
The incoming freshman class size is similar to the 2014–2015 class, with 358 students in initial degree programs and 12 in the integrated micro and nanoelectronics system design work-study program. A total of 258 freshmen (70% of the class) were admitted from preparatory programs, 46 came from the INP preparatory program, and 24 were admitted based on their previous degrees (bachelor’s or two-year technical degrees). In terms of gender parity, the situation remains virtually unchanged, with 23% women engineering students, down slightly from 26% in last year’s freshman cohort.

CIME Nanotech gets new CVD equipment

CIME Nanotech now has a new CVD (chemical vapor deposition) machine. The machine will be used for microelectronics, photovoltaics, and spintronics courses and will also be available for use by academic research labs.
The machine can be used to deposit thin layers onto four-inch silicon wafers and smaller samples. Worth noting is the fact that it has two chambers—one for metals and another for dielectric and magnetic materials—to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. One of the chambers also has an oxygen inlet for oxidized deposition.

CEA-INAC PhD candidate wins two international awards in “My 180-second Dissertation” competition

What does love have to do with electrical conductivity? Grenoble’s very own Alexandre Artaud served up a particularly engaging—not to mention entertaining—explanation in the second annual “My 180-second Dissertation” competition. Alexandre’s presentation won him the top slot in the national finals and two awards (second overall and the audience’s choice award) at the international finals held on October 1 at the Sorbonne.
Alexandre is a PhD candidate in basic physics at CEA-INAC, a lab specializing in quantum electron transport and superconductivity. He presented his PhD research on how graphene can be given superconducting properties when coupled with rhenium. His dissertation addresses using a nanocharacterization method, very-low-temperature tunnel spectroscopy, to explore the electronic and superconducting properties of graphene-on-rhenium.
Watch a video of the international finals: (Alexandre Artaud at 43:00)

National Inno’Cup Jr Championship: Grenoble hosts the high-caliber finals

MINATEC played host to the fourteen finalist teams in the Inno’Cup Jr—a competition for innovators aged fifteen to eighteen—arriving from all over France this past summer to present their work. From a device that transforms walking energy into electricity, to antiseptic chewing gum, to a double bass the size of a ukulele, the teams’ innovations dazzled the jury. But the grand prize went to the team that presented a pioneering pair of connected glasses that use echolocation and geolocation to generate an audio guide to help the visually-impaired to explore their environment and find their way more easily.
The two sixteen-year-old grand prize winners, who attend the high school in Bourgoin-Jallieu, will fly to California on October 24–31 to visit major US research centers and corporations.
To watch a video of the grand-prize-winning innovation:


Ense3 moves to 1:1 demo building

On September 7 Grenoble Institute of Technology-Ense3 (the Institute’s school of energy, water, and environmental engineering), will begin the school year at GreEn-ER, the Presqu’ile’s new innovation center for energy and renewable resources, located at 21 avenue de Martyrs.
Exemplary in its energy usage, the school’s new building is a living lab for energy management technology. The building is entirely outfitted with specialized instruments, and all water and energy consumption will be tracked. The data will be used to generate a real-time visualization model on display at the Agora.
Perhaps more importantly, the school’s new home will have spaces that are better suited to both academics and campus life. Incidentally, the building will also house the G2ELab, a proximity that will encourage synergies between energy researchers and teaching faculty.


American students say “Yes!” to GIANT’s summer program

The fifth annual GIANT International Internship Program (GIIP), which kicked off at the end of May and will continue for 10 weeks, saw record enrollment. GIANT laboratories are hosting 27 international interns, from undergrad through to post-doc, almost all from the United States. In contrast, in 2011, GIIP’s first year, there were only seven interns.
Also encouraging is that MIT is sending more and more students to Grenoble. There were five MIT students in last year’s cohort, up this year to ten. The pool of applicants was even larger than in previous years.
And, for the first time ever, Grenoble Ecole de Management is also taking part in GIIP, with three students working on a serious game dedicated to the management of nanotechnologies. All of the other student interns will be dispatched to the various nanotechnologies, materials, life sciences, and microbiology laboratories and startups on the GIANT campus.

Nanotech program enrollments 75% international

The international micro and nanotechnology program Nanotech is ushering in a particularly cosmopolitan class this year. Of the 38 students accepted into the program, 20 are from Italy and 9 are from France. The rest come from Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Egypt, Vietnam, and elsewhere. In terms of gender representation, however, there is still room for improvement; just a quarter of the incoming class this year is female.
Launched in 2004, Nanotech is a joint international Master’s program offered by Politecnico Di Torino, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and Grenoble Institute of Technology. Today, it is one of Phelma’s most sought-after programs. Because all courses are taught in English (except foreign languages, of course), the program garners particular interest from students from outside France. International students at Phelma (on their Erasmus exchange) often choose to register for some of the Nanotech courses.

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