Didier Roux / Member of the French Academy of Sciences, of the French Academy of Technologies, Director of Research & Innovation, Saint-Gobain Group

Last updated on profile page : April 23rd, 2013

BIO

Didier Roux, born 16 May 1955 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, is a chemist. A member of the French Academy of Sciences, he is currently director of research and innovation at Saint-Gobain.

A former student of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud (now ENS Lyon), Didier Roux received his PhD at Bordeaux University. His work got the interest of the oil industry and especially Exxon where he was appointed associate scientist in 1986. Named director of research at CNRS in Bordeaux, Roux co-founded two biotech startups: Capsulis, specializing in microencapsulation of active substance, and Rheocontrol which sells a new rheometer. In 1998, he was appointed Deputy Scientific Director of Rhône-Poulenc and Director of Research and Innovation of Saint-Gobain in 2005. Didier Roux is a member of the Scientific Council of the Institut Curie, the ESPCI ParisTech and the Board of Directors of the ENS Lyon.

BOOKS BY DIDIER ROUX

By Didier Roux on Paris Innovation Review

Le solaire est-il l'énergie du futur ? L'essor du gaz naturel et la crise traversée par l'industrie photovoltaïque depuis 2011 invitent à se méfier des prédictions trop optimistes. Mais le virage stratégique de la Chine, d'une part, et les promesses des nouvelles générations de cellule, d'autre part, pourraient changer la donne. Il faut donc considérer avec attention les dynamiques économiques et technologiques sous-jacentes.
Could solar power provide some of the needed energy of the future? The much improved availability of natural gas and the crisis that the photovoltaic industrial sector has been experiencing since 2011 serve to make us cautious, viz., not to be over-optimistic. On one hand, we can witness the strategic policies chosen by China and, on the other, the expected advent of new PV cells, could together change the scene. Consequently, we must carefully examine and assess the economics, their dynamics and the supporting technologies.

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