NATIONAL PRESS RELEASE | PARIS | 11 June 2015
CNRS researcher Ludwik Leibler receives the European Inventor Award 2015
CNRS senior researcher Ludwik Leibler has received the European Inventor Award 2015 in the “Research” category for his work on vitrimers, novel materials with many potential industrial applications. A physical chemist, he has recently developed a glue that can replace surgical stitches and repair soft-tissue organs such as the liver. A member of the French Académie des Sciences and associate professor at the ESPCI Paris Tech, Ludwik Leibler is the director of the MMC (Matière Molle et Chimie) laboratory (CNRS/ESPCI ParisTech). He was granted the CNRS Medal of Innovation in 2013.
Ludwik Leibler has designed entirely novel materials based on a deep theoretical approach, innovative ideas and a focus on industrial applications from the early stages of development.
Today, he is rewarded for his research on vitrimers, a new type of repairable and recyclable materials which, at high temperatures, can be shaped reversibly and at will. Surprisingly, these materials also keep the lightness, insolubility and shock resistance of organic resins and rubbers. Inexpensive and easy to manufacture, they could find uses in a wide range of industrial applications, especially in the automotive, aviation and building industries, as well as in electronics and recreational activities. (See related CNRS press release).
In collaboration with Didier Letouneur, at the LVTS (Laboratoire de recherche vasculaire translationnelle – Inserm/Paris Diderot and Paris 13 Universities), Ludwik Leibler also discovered that aqueous solutions containing adhesive nanoparticles can be used in vivo to repair soft organs and tissues. This easy-to-use gluing method has been tested on rats. Applied to the skin, it closes deep wounds in only a few seconds and provides aesthetic, high-quality healing by replacing surgical stitches. It has also been successfully tested to repair organs that are difficult to suture, such as the liver. Finally, this solution has made it possible to attach a medical device to a beating heart, demonstrating the method’s potential for delivering drugs and strengthening tissues (see CNRS press release).
Aged 63, Ludwik Leibler is a CNRS exceptional grade senior researcher, director of the MMC (Matière Molle et Chimie) laboratory and associate professor at the ESPCI ParisTech. He became a member of the French Académie des Sciences on November 18, 2014. A theoretical physicist by training, this multifaceted researcher has conducted pioneering fundamental research in polymer physics and chemistry. Internationally acclaimed for his essential contribution to polymer dynamics and nanostructuring, Leibler has established permanent links with industry. His close collaborations with groups including Arkema and Total have contributed to groundbreaking innovations.
Ludwik Leibler was awarded the CNRS Medal of Innovation in 2013. This distinction rewards researchers whose outstanding contribution has led to significant breakthroughs in the fields of technology, economics, medicine or the humanities.
See video of Ludwik Leibler (in french)
The official press release of the European Patent Office announcing the winners of the Inventor of the Year Award.
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