Maxime Vassaux will continue his research career at IPR!

Simulation of the mechanics of living or non-organic materials while preserving their chemical specificity

As a PhD student at the Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie de Cachan, Maxime Vassaux prepared a thesis in civil engineering on concrete fracture and more specifically on nuclear power plant containment systems; the aim was to simulate the behavior of concrete up to the point of fracture or even rupture.

After his PhD, Maxime swithed topics and was recruited on a postdoctoral contract for 18 months at the Institut des Sciences du Mouvement in Marseille, an interdisciplinary organization. He worked on the modeling of adhesion and migration of stem cells, where he studied the influence of mechanics on the biological response.

Then, for 4 years, Maxime "changes scale" and pursues his research at the Department of Chemistry at "University College London". His work focuses on the study of the behavior of organic materials (polymers, graphene...) at the nanometric scale, through molecular simulation.

Back in France, Maxime joined IPR as a post-doctoral fellow under a grant from the Arc Foundation for Cancer Research, during which he worked with Franck Artzner (DMD) and Aziz Ghoufi (DMN). The research aims at understanding the morphological dynamics of osteosarcoma.
The work is based on two approaches: the study of the molecular mechanics of collagen to understand how bone is assembled, and the study of the tissue rearrangement of bone by the cells that constitute osteosarcoma.

Maxime was appointed as a CNRS Researcher on October 1, 2022, and joined Mechanics and Glasses department of IPR. He is working on methods that allow the link between the chemistry, the molecular structure of materials, and the emergence of their mechanical properties. He is interested in the problem of the degradation of glass under  mechanical aggression (scratches, shocks). But later on, he will also be studying chemical aggressions, at the interface between glass and living matter, especially for tissue engineering (synthetic bone).
More than happy to be in Brittany, even though it was not a long planned move, he enjoys the "campus life" and its sports activities. If you can't find him in his office or in his lab (i.e. behind his computer), look for him on the courts...