« Grande Médaille » from the « Société Française de Métallurgie et de Matériaux »
The 2023 Grand Medal was awarded to Thomas Pardoen (WEL Reasearch Institute - UCLouvain) at the SF2M meeting in Paris on December 1, 2023.
This award highlights the career and impact of Thomas Pardoen's work on understanding the phenomena of deformation and fracture of materials through theoretical and numerical modeling, and the implementation of mechanical testing methods at the various scales of interest.
In particular, his team has developed versatile on-chip nanomechanical laboratories for a wide range of applications, particularly in thin films and coatings. His team also contributed to the invention of materials for electromagnetic shielding, hybrid abradables, architectural bonded joints and eco-circular composite materials.
Illustration: Courtesy of Thomas Pardoen