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Julie Grollier

  • Julie GROLLIER (born in 1975), first graduated from the engineering institute Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité before obtaining a diploma from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan. Her Ph.D. (obtained in 2003), supervised by Albert Fert, focused on “Spin transfer induced magnetization switching”. This spintronic phenomena allows to manipulate the  magnetization of nano-objects simply by current injection, without the help of an applied external magnetic field. As a post-doc, first in Groningen University (Netherlands, group of B.J. van Wees), then in Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale (France, group of C. Chappert), she studied the magnetization dynamics of nano-magnets. In 2005, she received a permanent position as a researcher in the Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, where she is leading the research axis “Multifunctional nanodevices for bio-inspired computing”.
    Prizes and awards: In 2010 she was awarded the “Jacques Herbrand” prize of the French Academy of Science, for her pioneer work on spin transfer and patents on memristive devices. The same year, she received a prestigious European Research Council grant to start a new project on “Memristive Artificial Synapses and their integration in Neural Networks” (ERC starting grant “NanoBrain”).