CV – bio

Professor Joel Chevrier (63)

Full Professor of physics at Université Grenoble Alpes (1998 (38) -…)

After 2010, with the exponential growth of mobile devices and anticipated major changes in education, he has developed an activity in pedagogical innovation based on the use of “ambiant numerical technologies”. This has led to creation of a new, original and highly interdisplicinary research lab TheMotionLab@CRI (2018-…).

Motion Lab motto is “We want to create a Sciences&Design alliance to explore The Moving Body at the Heart of Learning by Leveraging Digital Technologies, for the future of Education, Sports and Health.

He is currently supervising 2 PhD students associated ti Université Paris Cité. Marion Voillot defended her PhD december 2022 prepared under his supervision shared with Frederic Bevilacqua (IRCAM) and Guillian Graves (Big Bang Project).

He is former deputy Education Vice-President of the University Joseph Fourier in charge of Scientific Culture and of University-Highschool partnership (2011-2014). As deputy Research Vice-President of the University Joseph Fourier (2007-2010), he was in charge of university research policy in Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Nanosciences. He has been responsible of a Master Program in Nanotechnology and Nanosciences. From 1995-2015, he has developed a research activity in Nanomechanics at the Institut Néel CNRS Grenoble in close collaboration with European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF Grenoble. His research in physics has been based on instrument developments in Scanning Probe Microscopy. He has taught courses on Nanophysics, Sensors and Actuators, Scanning Probe Microcopy.

He has supervised 20 PhD students. 

Appointed part time Professor at CRI Paris (Université Paris Descartes) (9/2015-9/2021) and Research Fellow at CRI Paris (2018-2021)

Invited Professor at Lisbon University (Portugal) 2015-2021

Invited Professor at Tsinghua University 2017-2020

Sciences, Design, Arts:

·   PI of ANR project (2014-2018): « Sciences, design and society: the factory of contemporary worlds »

·   Scientific curator of the Soulages exhibition « Noir, c’est noir ? » EPFL Switzerland (2016-2017)

·   Member of Strategic Council at ENSCI Les Ateliers Paris (2017-2019). Top 1 design school in France.

·   Member of the Board at Ecole Supérieure d’Arts et de Design Grenoble/Valence (2015-…)

·   Collaboration with sculptor Giuseppe Penone for Essere vento : sculpture on sand grain down the micrometer size. Exhibition Corps de Pierre 2017.

·   Collaboration with choreographer Yoann Bourgeois exhibitions at Pantheon Paris 2017

·   Blog « un physicien au musée »  

Key dates

1983: Graduation at Grenoble Institut National Polytechnique France 

1985: Doctor in physics Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble France 

1986: University of Cambridge UK Postdoctoral researcher (1 year) Research associate at Darwin College

1987: Physicist at Institut Laue Langevin (2 years) European neutron facility for research. Neutron diffraction.

1988: Appointed Junior CNRS researcher Marseille

1993: « French national qualification as research supervisor » Diploma of Université de la Méditerranée Marseille (required to become Pr in french universities)

1994: Fellowship of A. von Humboldt foundation. One year at visiting researcher at KFA Jülich RFA Germany.

1998: appointed Professor Université Grenoble Alpes

1998-2015: Senior researcher at Néel Institute and scientific collaborator at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. In charge of a research group in Nanotechnology.

2009-2010: Sabbatical year: Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University: research in Nanomechanics (Pr. Raman) and use of Haptic devices in teaching science (Pr. Hong Tan)

2018-2021 Senior Researcher at Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI Paris). Part time Professor at Université Paris Descartes. Still Full Professor Université Grenoble Alpes.

Some relevant scientific publications

1.   Can a smartphone be a HomeLab? J Chevrier, L Madani, A Bsiesy, Full paper at Design Conference: LearnxDesign Chicago 2015

2.   Imaging material properties of biological samples with a force feedback microscope, L Costa, MS Rodrigues, E Newman, C Zubieta, J Chevrier, F Comin, Journal of Molecular Recognition 26 (12), 689-693, 2013

3.   Nanotechnology and nanoscale science: Educational challenges, MG Jones, R Blonder, GE Gardner, V Albe, M Falvo, and J Chevrier, International Journal of Science Education 35 (9), 1490-1512, 2013

4.   Teaching classical mechanics using smartphones, J Chevrier, L Madani, A Bsiesy, The Physics Teacher 51 (6), 376-377, 2013

5.   Nanoscale radiative heat flow due to surface plasmons in graphene and doped silicon, PJ Van Zwol, S Thiele, C Berger, WA De Heer, J Chevrier, Physical review letters 109 (26), 264301, 2012

6.   Radiative heat transfer at the nanoscale, Rousseau, Siria, Jourdan, Volz, Comin, Chevrier, Greffet, Nature Photonics 3 (9), 514-517, 2009

7.   Quantitative non-contact dynamic Casimir force measurements, G Jourdan, A Lambrecht, F Comin, J Chevrier, EPL (Europhysics Letters) 85 (3), 31001, 2009

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