Matthew Tirrell, Physician Honoris Causa of the College of Bordeaux

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Due to the heat wave alert, the event is moved to the Henri Bricaud council hall on the Carreire campus.

Born in 1950, Matthew Tirrell earned his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in polymer science and engineering in 1977. He later became an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. In 1999, he joined the ranks of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he became dean of engineering Collegebefore joining the University of California at Berkeley as professor of materials science and engineering and chemical engineering and science in 2009.

In 2011, Matthew Tirrell became founding director of the Pritzker and dean of theInstitute of Molecular Engineering (IME), with the mission of establishing the first engineering program at the University of Chicago. Under his direction, the IME became an important research institute. In September 2015, he was appointed deputy director of the science laboratory at Argonne National Laboratoryposition he left in April 2018. In 2019, the IME became the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Matthew Tirrell is named Dean and Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Teacher.

Matthew Tirrell is a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology. He specializes in manipulating and measuring the surface properties of polymers, materials that consist of long flexible chains of molecules.

His team opened up new perspectives on polymer surface phenomena such as adhesion, friction and biocompatibility. He enjoys worldwide recognition in his field.

Professor Tirrell has cooperated with many French institutes, and in particular with the University of Bordeaux for over ten years. In 2011, he was appointed president of the international scientific board of Labex AMADEus and Equipex ELORPrintTec.

Among Professor Tirrell’s many honors are the Polymer Physics Prize fromAmerican Physical Societyyour election to US National Academy of Engineeringto the USA National Academy of Sciences and othersAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was named Chevalier in the Ordem das Palmeiras Académicas in 2009 “for services rendered to French culture”.


The entire ceremony takes place in English, in the Agora of the Haut-Carré estate in Talence.
The night will end with a cocktail, open to all.

Henri Bricaud Council Room, Carreire Campus in Bordeaux

Honoris Causa

Coming from the oldest university tradition, the title of Doctor Honoris Causa was formalized in the Third Republic by the decree of June 20, 1918. as well as France or the institution granting the title.

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