Founder and Honorary President

Disparition of Pr André Renoux

It is with great sadness that we announce that Professor André Renoux died on March 31 at the age of 82 years at his residence in Créteil near Paris.

With his passing, we have lost a distinguished Professor who has done so much for the development of aerosol science and technology, engineer and researcher training in this field in France and beyond.

Professor André Renoux founded in 1969 the Laboratory of Aerosol Physics and Atmospheric Radioactivity at the Faculty of Sciences in Brest (western end of Brittany), which he headed until his departure for the University of Paris XII. He then founded in 1980 the Laboratory of Aerosol Physics and Contamination Transfer, which he led until his retirement in 2002.

This laboratory was the headquarters of a university master's degree called “Aerosol Science - Aerocontamination Engineering”. Created by Professor André Renoux in 1983, this very comprehensive course has seen over 150 students pass for almost 20 years. Among all these students, some have embraced a research career. Professor André Renoux supervised nearly forty PhD theses.

Professor André RENOUX has also been deeply involved in the promotion and development of Aerosol Science and Technology in France. He was at the creation of the “Comité Français sur les Aérosols” (1984) which in 1995 became the “Association Française d'Etudes et de Recherches sur les Aérosols” (ASFERA). This association, he chaired for 17 years, always brings us together each year during the French Congress on Aerosols (CFA), which takes place in Paris now in early January.

Thanks to Professor André RENOUX ASFERA was also a founding member of the European Aerosol Assembly (1994), of which he chaired from 1998 to 2000.

Professor André Renoux has not only been a leader, but also an excellent personal mentor for many researchers, like us, who work in this field today. In addition to the interest in the contributions of his "scientific children", Professor André Renoux maintained a concern for their personal lives.

He will be deeply missed.

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