Dr. Ludwik Leibler, is Distinguished Professor at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) in Paris.
Ludwik Leibler received his PhD in 1976 in Theoretical Physics from Warsaw University and then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. He joins CNRS initially in Strasbourg (1979-1984) then in Paris (1984-1996). From 1996 to 2003, he was the founding director of a joint laboratory between CNRS and chemical company Elf-Atochem (later Arkema). From 2003, he served as director of Soft Matter and Chemistry Laboratory at ESPCI in Paris. During the last decade, Ludwik and his team discovered a self-healing supramolecular rubber that self-repairs by simple contact after being cut and a new class of organic materials, called vitrimers, which like glass are malleable when heated yet remain insoluble.
Dr. Leibler has received number of honors and awards from various international organizations including Polymer Physics Prize of American Physical Society, American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry, Descartes – Huygens Prize of Academy of Sciences and Arts of Netherlands, Tartufari International Prize of Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei (Italy) and in France, Grand Prix of Fondation de la Maison de Chimie, Grand Prix IFP of l’Académie des Sciences and Grand Prix Pierre Sue of the French Chemical Society, Silver Medal and Medal of Innovation from CNRS. Dr. Leibler is a member of French Academy of Sciences and Academia Europea and a Foreign Associate of National Academy of Engineering in USA and of Nordhein-Westfalische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Kunste in Germany