Jean-François Gérard is a professor at the University of Lyon/INSA within the UMR CNRS 5223 IMP Polymer Materials Engineering Laboratory, winner of the 2021 GFP Georges Champetier Prize, distinction honors his career and contributions to the field of polymers. He is deputy scientific director at the CNRS Institute of Chemistry. He is today vice-president of the Axelera competitiveness cluster, leading the fields of chemistry, materials, and the environment, but also representative of public research within the Chemistry and Materials Sector Committee of the National Industry Council. He was director of research at INSA Lyon, president and CEO of SATT Pulsalys, and “General Chairman” of the European Polymer Federation. His research has resulted in 310 publications, 160 invited conferences, and more than 470 oral presentations in international conferences and around 25 patents
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