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Prof. Claude Grison, winner of the European Inventor of the Year Award 2022 in the Research category

The European Patent Office has just revealed its winners: Prof. Claude Grison is the winner of the European Inventor Award 2022 in the “Research” category.

The European Patent Office announced the winners of its European Inventor Awards 2022 during a live broadcast ceremony at noon on Tuesday 21 June 2022. Prof. Claude Grison, director of research at the CNRS, director of the ChimEco laboratory, co-founder of Bioprotection Laboratories and the BioInspir company, and winner of the CNRS innovation medal in 2014, was honoured in the “Research” category.

Source: CNRS website


Claude Grison, Director of Research at the CNRS, has been awarded a prize for her work on soil decontamination by plants. The originality of her research lies in the fact that she has not only identified plants capable of absorbing metallic or chemical molecules stored in the soil or in water, and therefore capable of cleaning up former industrial or mining sites. But in addition, these elements absorbed by the plants are then reused as raw material, i.e. the leaves of the metal-eating plants are dried, crushed and used in powder form in chemical reactions requiring metal. The result is 100% plant-based metal catalysts. Several start-ups have already been created to commercialise this research.

Source: France TV Info website


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