CV Joel Chevrier

Quand on a mission d'éveiller, on commence par faire sa toilette dans la rivière. 
Le premier enchantement comme le premier saisissement sont pour soi.
Rougeur des matinaux,
René Char


                                                some others times....

my time I like the most: with students... cf René Char above




Professor Joel Chevrier (58)

Full Professor of physics at Université Grenoble Alpes (1998 (38) -…)

Appointed part time Professor (“en délégation”) at CRI Paris (Université Paris Descartes) (9/2015-9/2018)

Invited Professor at Lisbon University (Portugal) 2015-…

Invited Professor at Tsinghua University (ARWU China: 1, World: 48) in 2017-…



·       Professional life until beginning of the XXI century:

o    Research group leader in Nanosciences at Néel Institute and at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility.

o    Deputy Vice President at Université Joseph Fourier (UJF now part of Université Grenoble Alpes).

o    Teaching at various levels from 1rst year to Master level.

·       After 2010, with the exponential development of mobile devices and anticipated major changes in education, development of an activity in pedagogical innovation based on the use of “ambient numerical technologies”.

·       Joined the CRI Paris (Université Paris Descartes) in 2015 as part time Professor at Université Paris V (“en délégation”)

·       From Google, H-index: 33; Citations: 3476; more than 150 articles 

·       Thesis supervision: 15 (+3 on going)

Major past responsibilities  (2004-2014):

·       Deputy Research Vice-president Université Grenoble Alpes in charge of university science policy in engineering, physics, collaborations with European large-scale facilities present in Grenoble (ESRF, ILL), physics, nanosciences and nanotechnologies. (2007-2010).

·       Deputy Education Vice-president Université Grenoble Alpes in charge of scientific culture and university interface with Highschool French national system. (2011-2014).

·       Director of an interdisciplinary Master program in nanotechnologies and nanosciences (2004-2007).

Innovation in pedagogy (2015-…):

·       Creation of a Bachelor course “beyond disciplines”: Fab Lab Jam Session (2014-…). Students from different academic disciplines associated to design and arts students. Teams work on projects and produce prototypes for a final exhibition.

·       Teaching experimental physics using Smartphones at University Grenoble Alpes (2013-…) 

·       PI of a Sciences&Design research grant funded by a Agence Nationale de la Recherche (2014-2018). Science, Design Society: factory of the contemporary worlds.

·       Master EdTech at CRI Paris:

o    In charge of the « Learning by doing » teaching module (2015-…) with Kevin Lhoste

o    Course «  epistemology of Learning by Doing » (2016-…)

o    Creation of the MOOC Smartphone Pocket Lab (2015-…): how to use Smartphone to enter experimental science

o    Senior mentor in 2 OpenFiesta Workshops at Tsinghua University (Shenzhen, Chine, 2016-…)

·       Supervision with Sophie Pene of a Phd candidate, Ke Fang (graduate student from Tsinghua University): “Experimental study of creative behaviors when acting as a scientific researcher. “

·       Supervision of a thesis in didactic of physics (thesis defense in 2013). Collaboration with Laboratoire STEF ENS Cachan. « Nanotechnologies at highschool: a research on Highschool student understanding of scientific controversies about nanotechnologies»

·       Creation of Science&Design Bachelor program at UGA (2011-…) with Françoise Jung


@ CRI: creation and supervision of the MotionLab (2017)

·     Creation of the CRI MotionLab in 2017.

Pourquoi l'intelligence artificielle va transformer notre gestuelle 

·   Enhancement of human perception. Mobile Lab explores innovative pedagogical uses of mobile devices based on movements and gestures. Sensors in these devices capture everybody movements in real time. Produced data feed audio-visual dedicated representations to monitor body movements.

·   Education, health, sports, arts and well-being. In collaboration with prominent research institutes such as IRCAM Paris, ENSCI Les Ateliers, applications of these original and interactive audio/visual representations are then developed in the major fields of interest for CRI.

·    Example of health application: a joint program on physical rehabilitation between CRI and Hôpital Lariboisière has been built. Artificial Intelligence tools such as machine learning are used to propose patients, an individualized rehabilitation program at home.

·       4 staff members. Key expertise: design, physics, computer science, pedagogy.

·       First publications of the CRI Mobile Lab on education in international conference MOCO 2017:

o    Maria Montessori meets gesture tracking technologies, A. Husson, J. Chevrier

o    Collaborative 2D center of mass serious game, M. Hamamda and J. Chevrier


Research in physics and in nanotechnologies

As a physicist original background in experimental Solid State Physics, (superconductivity, silicon MBE, quasicrystals). After 1995, Scanning Probe Microscopy instrumentation: investigation of interactions at micro/nanoscales such as Casimir Force (quantum vacuum fluctuations), combination with X ray, near field heat transport…

Head of a Research activity in Nanomechanics at the Institut Néel CNRS and co-supervision of the Surface Science Lab. at ESRF with Fabio Comin, ESRF physicist.

During the last 5 years, development of instrumentation for soft condensed matter and biology. Measurement of interactions in liquid at micro/nanoscale.

Supervision of one PhD candidate with a 3 year Grant (2017-2019).

Currently researcher at Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique (LIPhy).

No longer research group leader in physics, which is not compatible with activity at CRI.

Sciences, Design, Arts:

·       PI of Descitech project (2014-2018): « Sciences, design and society: the factory of contemporary worlds »

·       Scientific curator of the Soulages Arts&Sciences exhibition « Noir, c’est noir ? » Lausanne Switzerland (2016-2017)

·       Blog « un physicien au musée »  

·       Member of Strategic Council at ENSCI Les Ateliers Paris (2017-…). Top 1 design school in France.

·       Member of the Board at Ecole Supérieure d’Arts et de Design Grenoble/Valence (2015-...)

·       Member of Scientific Comity of Exhibition “Science Frugale” at science museum Espace Pierre Gilles de Gennes 

·       Member of Scientific Comity of Exhibition “Luminopolis” at science museum Cap Sciences (Bordeaux 2017-2018).

·       Collaboration with Giuseppe Penone for Essere vento : we pushed sculpture on sand grain down the micrometer size. Exhibition Corps de Pierre 2017.

·       Collaboration with choreographer Yoann Bourgeois exhibitions at Pantheon Paris 2017 and at Prisme Seyssins 2018 (Experimenta) 

o    "For an artist to be relevant, he must have a singular work and address universal questions.": said Jennifer Flay, Director of the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris. As a scientist, I work with others scientists on universal questions. When I collaborate with an artist, how does it happen that we enter a universal question? Chance encounter…

o    « Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else.» Donald Knuth. I am not sure I agree with this one.


Key dates:

1983: Graduation at Grenoble Institut National Polytechnique

1985: Doctor in physics Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble

1986: University of Cambridge UK Postdoctoral researcher (1 year) Research associate at Darwin College

1987: Physicist at Institut Laue Langevin (2 years) European neutron facility for research. Neutron diffraction.

1988: Young scientist prize of the European Materials Research Society 

1988: Junior CNRS researcher Marseille CRMC2

1993: « Qualified as research supervisor » Université de la Méditerranée Marseille

1994: Fellowship of A. von Humboldt foundation. One year at visiting researcher at KFA Jülich RFA Germany.

1998: appointed Professor of the Université Grenoble Alpes

1998-2015: Senior researcher at Néel Institute and scientific collaborator at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility.

2009-2010: 6 months in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University: research in Nanomechanics (Pr. Raman) and use of Haptic devices in teaching science (Pr. Hong Tan)

2014-… Join the Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI Paris) as a part time Professor at Université Paris Descartes.


Some relevant scientific publications:

1.      Can a smartphone be a HomeLab? J Chevrier, L Madani, A Bsiesy, Full paper at Design Conference: LearnxDesign Chicago 2015

2.      Imaging material properties of biological samples with a force feedback microscope, L Costa, MS Rodrigues, E Newman, C Zubieta, J Chevrier, F Comin, Journal of Molecular Recognition 26 (12), 689-693, 2013

3.      Nanotechnology and nanoscale science: Educational challenges, MG Jones, R Blonder, GE Gardner, V Albe, M Falvo, and J Chevrier, International Journal of Science Education 35 (9), 1490-1512, 2013

4.      Teaching classical mechanics using smartphones, J Chevrier, L Madani, A Bsiesy, The Physics Teacher 51 (6), 376-377, 2013

5.      Nanoscale radiative heat flow due to surface plasmons in graphene and doped silicon, PJ Van Zwol, S Thiele, C Berger, WA De Heer, J Chevrier, Physical review letters 109 (26), 264301, 2012

6.      Radiative heat transfer at the nanoscale, Rousseau, Siria, Jourdan, Volz, Comin, Chevrier, Greffet, Nature Photonics 3 (9), 514-517, 2009

7.      Quantitative non-contact dynamic Casimir force measurements, G Jourdan, A Lambrecht, F Comin, J Chevrier, EPL (Europhysics Letters) 85 (3), 31001, 2009







Combien je regrette souvent de n'être pas un savant, et comme j'envie ces calmes existences passées à étudier des pattes de mouche, des étoiles ou des fleurs! 
G. Flaubert, Lettre à Mademoiselle Leroyer de Chantepie, 1er mars 1858

Pensées sur l'interprétation de la nature (1753) Denis Diderot:
« Jeune homme, prends et lis. Si tu peux aller jusqu'à la fin de cet ouvrage, tu ne seras pas incapable d'en entendre un meilleur. Comme je me suis moins proposé de t'instruire que de t'exercer, il m'importe peu que tu adoptes mes idées ou que tu les rejettes, pourvu qu'elles emploient toute ton attention. Un plus habile t'apprendra à connaître les forces de la nature ; il me suffira de t'avoir fait essayer les tiennes. »