Research Engineer, Process Design and Modeling Division
ENSIC Nancy (Chemical Industry School) and ENS Lyon (Science School) graduate
Based at IFP-Lyon
I wanted to go into research and start working on a doctorate when I got my engineering degree. I joined IFP Energies nouvelles to do so in 1999. I knew about IFP Energies nouvelles's world-class research in a broad variety of areas, and was really keen on mathematical modeling of chemical phenomena in the oil and gas industry.
I wrote my dissertation on Molecular reconstruction of petroleum cuts and IFP Energies nouvelles offered me a permanent contract as a Process Research Engineer when I finished it, in 2002.
I am working in three areas, mainly:
- running experiments on kerosene and gas oil hydrotreatment pilot units (basically to curb fossil-fuel combustion pollution by reducing sulfur content),
- modeling hydrotreatment processes to fine-tune product-quality and efficiency forecasts,
- hydrotreating biomass-liquefiats (the liquid products derived from plant lignocellulosic matter pyrolysis can be used to develop new-generation biofuels).
I've never had a “normal” day! It all depends on what we're doing at the time, which includes monitoring experiments, writing up reports and scientific articles, developing computer models and so on.
I also coach young researchers writing their dissertations.
The variety. I'm involved in a huge variety of projects, and talking to people from every IFP Energies nouvelles research division, exchanging information and knowledge, all the time. I also enjoy working with doctoral researchers; it keeps me in touch with more fundamental research.
I also enjoy working with our industrial customers when we are developing processes.
A very inquisitive mind. You have to know what other divisions are doing, because that keeps you focused on the big picture and on the ultimate goals.
I really enjoy my job at IFP Energies nouvelles. Working on hot issues such as New Energy Technologies is fascinating. But I might decide to follow fellow researchers, who have moved to jobs in industry, later on.