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Professor Bernard Drévillon promoted Officer of the National Order of Merit

Associate Professor at École Polytechnique, Bernard Drévillon was just promoted to the rank of Officer of the National Order of Merit. The award recognizes his professional achievements in research and teaching in the field of physics of interfaces and thin films.

Internationally renowned researcher, former Director of École Polytechnique Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films, this is not Bernard Drévillon’s first distinction. In 1995, he has already been promoted to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour and Officer of the Academic Palms. The same year, the physicist was also awarded the CNRS silver medal. Yet, the rank of Officer of the National Order of Merit represents a "consecration" for him. "This is the highest award given to me so far," he says.

The award recognizes his research and teaching of physics. Bernard Drévillon began his research career in High Energy Physics at École Polytechnique in 1969. He defended his thesis in 1973. Then he concentrated on the synthesis of silicon thin films for photovoltaic applications and participated in the creation of the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films (LPICM) at École Polytechnique in 1986.   

Bernard Drévillon is also the inventor of the phase modulated ellipsometry instrument. The researcher is at the origin of the creation of a Joint Research Team between the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films and TOTAL. He is one of the holders of the Photovoltaic Institute project of the Paris Region (IPVF).

Bernard Drévillon is the author of over 250 publications in refereed journals and thirty patents. He is currently Associate Professor at École Polytechnique, having directed the international Masters’ program "Renewable Energy Science and Technology" (REST) ​​since 2011.