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Curriculum Vitae

27 juin 2012 ( dernière mise à jour : 4 mars 2016 )

François Renard

Professor of Earth Sciences, University Grenoble Alpes, France

Professor II, University of Oslo, Norway

François Renard

Institut des Sciences de la Terre
University Grenoble Alpes
CS 40700, 38058 Grenoble cedex 9, France
Phone : +33 (0)4 76 63 59 07, Fax : +33 (0)4 76 51 40 58
E-mail : francois.renard@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

2007/now : Professor of Earth Sciences, University Grenoble Alpes, France
2003/now : Adjunct Professor, Physics of Geological Processes, University of Oslo, Norway
2008/2013 : Professor, Institut Universitaire de France
2000/07 : Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Grenoble I, France
1998/00 : Post-doctoral Associate, University of Oslo, Norway
1995/98 : Teaching assistant, University of Grenoble I, France
1994/95 : Research assistant in physical chemistry, Indiana University, USA

2012  : Fellow, Institut des Hautes Etudes de l’Entreprise
2004  : “Habilitation” to supervise doctorate students, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
1997  : Ph. D. in Geophysics - Geochemistry, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
1993  : Ms. Sci. in Basin Geology, Institut Français du Pétrole, University Paris VI
1993  : Ms. Sci. in Earth Sciences, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

2009/now : Associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research
2012/2015 : Member of the Board of Trustees (elected) of the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I and President of the Finance Committee.
09-2014/08-2015 : Director of the research department PAGE Physics, Astrophysics, Geosciences, Ecology, and Environment of the University Grenoble Alpes
2010/2014 : Deputy-Director of the scientific organization Envirhônalp
2010/2014 : Leader of the Fault Mechanics research team at the Institut des Sciences de la Terre
2008/2010 : Vice-President of the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, in charge of research for Astrophysics, Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Social Sciences ( 800 employees, including 320 academic researchers).
2007  : Deputy-Director of the Laboratoire de Géophysique Interne et Tectonophysique, University of Grenoble & CNRS (160 employees, including 60 academic researchers).
2002/2007 : Member of the Board of the Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers de Grenoble.
2006/2007 : Member of the Scientific Council (elected) of the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble.
2006/2007 : Member of the Scientific Panel of the funding program « Faults, Fluids, Flux » from the French Scientific Research Council (CNRS).
2001/2008 : Deputy-Director, then Director of the Master Program « Underground water : physical and chemical hydrogeology » at the University of Grenoble I (20 students per year).

May main research area is petrophysics and rock physics, related to fluid rock interactions in porous and fractured media. I develop studies in two kinds of systems – fault zones and geological reservoirs – using laboratory experiments and micro numerical models. The results and then interpreted with observations provided from field case studies. Two main topics are detailed below.

Physics and chemistry of deformation processes in the Earth’s upper crust : application of the dynamics of active faults during the seismic cycle. Experimental development of analogue experiments (creep and friction). 3D in-situ imaging (X-ray synchrotron tomography) of rock samples undergoing deformation. Field work to measure the roughness of exhumed active fault planes using high-resolution laser scanners (LiDAR). The main scientific question is to understand why, on the same fault, the tectonic loading can induce either earthquakes, or slow aseismic creep motions. This research may have applications for seismic hazard assessment.

Fluid rock interactions in geological reservoirs : geo-engineering : Long term CO2 geological sequestration and the possibility to inject large amounts of carbon dioxide in underground reservoirs to decrease the amount of acid gas released in the atmosphere. Here, the technical challenge is to understand how the carbon dioxide will acidify the pore waters in the reservoir and will induce slow creep deformation or circulate along faults and fractures. Other applications in geological reservoirs concern primary migration, shales and how micro-fractures may develop during fluid expulsion. These topics have applications in geo-energy and geo-environment.

115 refereed articles, 3 patents, 180 contributions to international conferences and meetings (25 invited). Full list available at : publications.

Several research contracts since 2000 : academic (France, Norway, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Swiss Light Synchrotron, Europe …) and industrial (GDF-Suez, IFP-EN, Total, …).


2010 : Åsgard Fellowship, French Embassy in Norway
2010 : Gold Medal, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I
2008 : Fellow, Institut Universitaire de France

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