The French National Research Agency is a public administrative body under the authority of the Minister of Research. It is administered by a Governing Board and directed by its President and CEO.
The President and CEO is assisted by one or more Deputy Directors General and a Scientific Advisory Board.
The Deputy Directors General are appointed by the President of the Agency for a renewable period of five years. At least one of the Deputy Directors General is tasked with administration.
Governance procedures are defined by the Decree of 1 August 2006 as amended; Michael Matlosz was appointed to the post of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Agency on 11 September 2014.
Michael Matlosz was born in 1957 in Elizabeth (New Jersey, USA). He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a PhD from the department of chemical engineering of the University of California, Berkeley, where his thesis work concerned experimental and theoretical studies in electrochemical engineering. He began his professional research career in the department of materials science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne (Switzerland) from 1985 to 1993, where he worked on processing technologies for electroplating and metal surface finishing. He was appointed university professor of process engineering at the National School for Advanced Study of the Chemical Industries (ENSIC) in Nancy (France) in 1993.
A specialist in the application of microtechnology for performance enhancement in chemical production, from 2005 to 2009 Prof. Matlosz initiated and directed for CNRS (France) the major European research initiative entitled IMPULSE. It involved 20 academic and industrial partners from eight European countries, and centered around innovation in production processes for the chemical industries. With a €17 million budget and €10.5 million in funding from the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6), the IMPULSE project enabled researchers to capitalise on technological advances in Europe in the field of microstructured processes. In June 2012, the European Commission named the IMPULSE project the “best industrial technology project” of FP5, FP6 and FP7.
A member of the European Technology Platform for sustainable chemistry “SusChem” since 2005, Prof. Matlosz was chair for the French National Research Agency (ANR) programme in sustainable chemistry from 2006 to 2009. A distinguished professor in process engineering at ENSIC-Nancy, he was Director of ENSIC-Nancy from 2006 to 2011 and head of the ANR’s Department of Emerging and Exploratory Research from 2012 to 2014. A member of the National Academy of Technologies of France, Prof. Matlosz was appointed ANR’s Deputy Scientific Director General in April 2014, and was named President / Chief Executive Officer of the French agency in September 2014.
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