Yves Bréchet

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Yves Bréchet
Born12 October 1961 (1961-10-12) (age 57)
AwardsCNRS Silver medal
Scientific career
FieldsMaterials scientist
InstitutionsGrenoble Institute of Technology McMaster University

Yves Bréchet (French: [bʁeʃɛ]; born 12 October 1961) is a physicist, specialist of materials science, professor at the Grenoble Institute of Technology, and a member of the French Academy of Sciences.


Yves Bréchet graduated from École Polytechnique (1981), École des hautes études en sciences sociales (1992) and obtained his doctoral degree and habilitation from Joseph Fourier University in 1987 and 1992, respectively.

He is currently a full professor at Grenoble INP/Phelma, an adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at McMaster University (Canada), a senior Research Professor at the Institut Universitaire de France, and a member of the SIMaP (Materials and Processes Science and Engineering) Laboratory with the University of Grenoble.

On November 30, 2010, he was elected to the French Academy of Sciences.[1]

On September 19, 2012, he is named to the position of High Commissioner for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies by the Council of Ministers of the French Republic, succeeding Catherine Cesarsky.


His activities span the fields of physical metallurgy, thermodynamics, microstructures, phase transformations, plasticity, fracture micromechanics, material selection, structural materials design, biointerfaces, structural biomimetics.

He is a member of the international scientific council of ArcelorMittal and the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique, and a scientific advisor to Rio Tinto Alcan, EDF and ONERA.

He is as member of the editorial board of J.Comp.Sim.Mat.Sc.Eng, Materials Science Engineering and Acta Materialia.

Honors and awards[edit]


  • Y. Bréchet, Microstructures, Mechanical Properties and Processes, EUROMAT 99. Volume 3 (2000).
  • J. Agren, Y. Bréchet, C. Hutchinson, J. Philibert, G. Purdy, Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations, EDP Sciences, 2006 (ISBN 978-2-86883-889-6).
  • Y. Bréchet, D. Embury, P. Onck, Architectured MuItifunctional Materials, MRS Symposium Proceedings (2009)
  • M.F. Ashby, D.R.H Jones, Y. Bréchet, J. Courbon, M. Dupeux, "Matériaux. Tome 1, Propriétés, applications et conception", Dunod, 2008 (ISBN 978-2-10-050901-0).
  • J. Philibert, A. Vignes, Y. Bréchet, P. Combrade, "Métallurgie, du minerai au matériau", Dunod, 2002 (ISBN 978-2-10-006313-0).
  • Salvo, Y. Bréchet, M.F. Ashby, "Traité des matériaux, Tome 20, Sélection des matériaux et des procédés de mise en œuvre", PPUR, 2001 (ISBN 2-88074-473-3).

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Press Release (in French) Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine from the French Academy of Sciences (November 30, 2010)