Benjamin is currently working at the University of Cambridge on a joint project between the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Manufacturing. His PhD is funded by an allocation of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions for Plant-inspired Materials and Surfaces (PlaMatSu) and focuses on the development of a method for fabrication of a new type of sustainable photonic pigments prepared from a single renewable compound – cellulose nanocrystals – obtained from wood.
Benjamin graduated from Bordeaux Institute of Technology and has previous experience within corporate laboratories (PARC-Xerox, Amazon) working on top-notch technologies. Prior starting his PhD, Benjamin joined Woodoo, a leading French cleantech start-up developing augmented wood composites – which won >15 awards during its first year, now one of the most awarded start-up in Europe – since its launch as Chief Science Officer where he was in charge of developing the start-up’s core technology and expanding business.
Through engaging in the Innovation Forum, Benjamin wishes to leverage his insights into some of the unique features of start-up pioneers and the world of research in order to encourage and support high-potential technologies shaping a better society in Cambridge and beyond.