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Chairs in Physics and Mechanics

> Sustainable Energies
The objective of the Chair of Sustainable Energies is to develop teaching and research in the area of sustainable energies, including nuclear energy. It enhances the content of courses given by the École Polytechnique, and develops the teaching staff in subjects such as neutron science, thermal hydraulics, heat exchange, the physics of irradiated materials and the chemical physics of processes in the nuclear fuel cycle.
The Chair of Sustainable Energies is developing three research areas: fission, new energy sectors, and CO2 capture and storage.
Holder: Franck Carré, Director of the Future Systems program at the CEA, and Professor in the Physics Department at École Polytechnique.
Sponsors: EDF and the EDF Foundation
Partners to the Chair agreement: The École Polytechnique Foundation and École Polytechnique

> Cardiovascular Cellular Engineering
The objective of this interdisciplinary Chair is to contribute to the understanding of the role of arterial fluid mechanics in the development of arteriosclerosis. It uses a combination of experimental and digital approaches at the macroscopic and microscopic levels to increase basic understanding of the following:
- the structure of arterial flow and its link to the location of atherosclerotic lesions,
- the mechanisms by which the mechanical stresses caused by the fluid regulate the functions of the vascular cells and the interactions between cells,
- the role of the mechanical stresses exerted by the fluid in the performance and effectiveness of cardiovascular therapies such as endovascular stents and drug vectorization using nanoparticles.
Holder: Abdul Barakat, Director of Research at the CNRS, Hydrodynamics Laboratory (Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique - LadHyX), and Professor in the Departments of Mechanics and Biology at École Polytechnique
Sponsor: AXA
Partners to the Chair agreement: The École Polytechnique Foundation and École Polytechnique
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> André Citroën Chair
The André Citroën Chair, created in 2011, commemorates the Polytechnician who founded the business bearing his name.
The subject for this multidisciplinary Chair is the vehicle of the future. Its objectives are to explore and develop areas related to materials and mechanical structures, surface physics, numerical modeling and multi-physical coupling. The program enhances not only the research in mechanics and physics, but also the teaching, in particular by encouraging initiatives in the automotive field.
Holder: Patrick Le Tallec, Professor at École Polytechnique and Director of the Solid Mechanics Laboratory (Laboratoire de Mécanique des Solides - LMS)
Sponsor: PSA Peugeot Citroën
Partners to the Chair agreement: The École Polytechnique Foundation and École Polytechnique
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> Advanced Concepts in Photovoltaics
The Chair of Advanced Concepts in Photovoltaics investigates advanced concepts in photovoltaics leading to higher yields and aims to explore innovative approaches in this field. The objectives of the Chair are:
- To support discovery research in photon engineering and the new advanced concepts giving high yields,
- To prepare students for the innovative situations characteristic of this field, where research is carried out in close synergy with the teaching at the École Polytechnique,
- To disseminate these theories and experimental results throughout the industry sector, and more widely, via publications intended for the general public at an international level,
- To stimulate the innovation process in this area, and promote the internationalization of research topics and teaching activities.
Holder: Bernard Drévillon, Associate Professor at École Polytechnique and Deputy Head of the Physics Department.
Sponsor: Total
Partners to the Chair agreement: The École Polytechnique Foundation and École Polytechnique

> Materials Science and Active Surfaces
The primary purpose of the Chair in Materials Science and Active Surfaces is to promote areas related to materials, surface engineering and thin-film devices among students and researchers.
The Chair's teaching component is based on a master's 1 course on materials science and active surfaces, and a master's 2 course on thin films and active surfaces (The Sciences of Materials and Nano-objects).
The Chair's research component aims to rely on École Polytechnique Research Center, ESPCI ParisTech and Saint-Gobain to promote exchanges and research into applied materials.
Holders: Thierry Gacoin, Lecturer at École Polytechnique, Research Director at the CNRS, researcher in the Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics at École Polytechnique; and Silke Birmann, Professor at École Polytechnique and researcher at the Center for Theoretical Physics; Cécile Monteux and Nicolas Lequeux, teachers and researchers at the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI).
Sponsor: Saint-Gobain
Academic partner: École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI ParisTech)
Partners to the Chair agreement: The École Polytechnique Foundation and École Polytechnique
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