Professor in polymers and composites at Ecole Nationale Supérieure Mines-Télécom Lille Douai
The aerospace industry is prepared to pay €100-500 for every kilogram saved.
Most recent aircraft are made of approximately 50% composites.
Development of these materials has reached a plateau, and innovation is needed to reduce weight.
Patricia Krawczak, professor at ENS Mines-Télécom Lille-Douai, explains why researchers are exploring new processes, such as 3D printing.
Chief editor at Polytechnique Insights
James Bowers has a PhD in molecular biology from the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle and an MSc in Science Media Production from Imperial College London. He has six years of experience creating engaging scientific media in digital, TV and other outlets in the UK and France. Most recently, James worked as a science communication consultant and trainer for a French agency, Agent Majeur, for three years where he co-authored the book, Sell Your Research: Public Speaking for Scientists published by Springer.
Cécile Michaut holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Paris-XI Orsay. She was a lecturer for two years before branching off into science journalism in 1999. Her collaborations include Le Monde, La Recherche, Pour la Science, Science et vie, Sciences et Avenir, Environnement Magazine... She also teaches science communication and media training for several research organisations and universities. She founded the company Science et partage (www.scienceetpartage.fr), and published the book "Vulgarisation scientifique, mode d'emploi" (EDP Sciences) in 2014.