Global metallurgy expert to supercharge Monash energy research

Professor Yves Bréchet joins Monash Engineering.

World-renowned metallurgist Professor Yves Bréchet is joining Monash Engineering, bringing along his wealth of knowledge and experience in energy research. For the past six years, he has served as High Commissioner for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies for France, providing advice and strategy to the French government on both energy policy and R&D investment.

“At Monash, I will have an opportunity to work alongside leading researchers to shape the future of energy in Australia and worldwide,” said Professor Bréchet. “I look forward to building on the achievements of the Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute, including the outstanding research of the Net Zero Initiative and the Grid Innovation Hub.”

Prior to his role as High Commissioner, Professor Bréchet spent 20 years as a Professor of Materials Science at the Grenoble Institute of Technology, where he established his international reputation as a theoretical metallurgist. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences, and has been recognised with a wide range of awards and honorary doctorates.

Professor Bréchet’s research spans traditional metallurgy to materials design and selection, the physics of biological systems, and energy systems. He has been a pioneer of the field of ‘Hybrid and Architectured’ materials where different materials are combined in controlled geometries and dimensions to create new ‘made to measure’ materials. His impressive body of work has placed him at the top of the field of materials modelling, and integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) in particular. Professor Bréchet will contribute his outstanding research expertise in a part-time appointment alongside Monash researchers.

“I am delighted to welcome Professor Bréchet, whose expertise and leadership in metallurgy and energy will undoubtedly boost our research efforts,” said Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. “Monash currently ranks seventh worldwide in metallurgical engineering (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018). With Professor Bréchet contributing to our ambitious mission to transform the energy sector, we expect to climb even higher.”