The French physicist Manuel Bibes will receive the Descartes-Huygens Prize 2017. That was announced on December 14, 2017 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), He has been awarded the prize for their outstanding research and their contribution to Franco-Dutch relations, including several projects together with the University of Twente. Bibes shares the prize with Daniël Vanmaekelbergh of Utrecht University.
Manuel Bibes works together with researchers from the University of Twente’s Inorganic Materials Science (IMS) research group on two projects. The first project concerns Metal-Insulator transitions in Nickelates. Researchers from the UT also collaborate with him on the EU-project ULPEC (ultra low power event-based camera), in which an event-based camera based on neuromorphic electronics is being developed. Bibes will use part of the prize money, 23.000 euros, to visit the UT and strengthen the partnership.
About the winner
Manuel Bibes (born 1976) works in materials science and studies metal oxides. He is a research director at Unité Mixte de Physique, a partnership between electronics firm Thales and CNRS, the French government organisation for basic research. Bibes is known for his research on oxide thin films and their use in spintronics. More information about the Descartes-Huygens Prize and both winners can be found on the KNAW’s website.