Thierry Woignier


Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Écologie Marine et Continentale (IMBE)
UMR IMBE | Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, IRD, Avignon Université

Courriel :


Thierry WOIGNIER, 63 years old, ,

« DOCTORAT D’ÉTAT » (1993)

Research interest
1) Materials synthesized by the sol gel process (aerogels, xerogels , composites and films)
2) Material science including preparation of glasses, ceramics and composites : Mechanical, structural and textural characterization.
3) Nuclear wastes containment in new mineral matrices
4) Soils physical properties ( GES sequestration and pesticides retention)

Professional Employment
IRD ( Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement) Martinique ( french West Indies) 2003-2012
Job title : “ Directeur de Recherche ” (Director of Research , senior scientist)
Responsibilities : Research manager directs a research laboratory on soil physical properties ( Carbon and Nitrogen, GES sequestration, pollution by pesticides )

CNRS, Montpellier glass Laboratory 1998-2003
Job title : “Directeur de Recherche CNRS” (Director of Research CNRS senior scientist)
Responsibilities : Research manager directs a research group on materials science (Nuclear wastes containment, porous glasses, gel method for glasses and ceramics)

CNRS, Montpellier Materials Science Laboratory 1985 – 1998
Job title : “Charge de Recherche CNRS” (research scientist CNRS)
Responsibilities aerogel process, mechanical properties of materials, fractal structure in porous media

ADER Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier ,1983- 1985
Job title : Research engineer
Responsabilities : Responsible of a project with the French space agency on composites synthesis from gels : Novel method for thermo-mechanical composites synthesis by hot pressing

 has directed 15 PhD students,
 has given 40 invited lectures in international conference,
 have participated to the organization of 8 international conferences :-
-have written 150 publications in scientific journals, 70 proceedings and 21 chapters in scientific books,
 have participated to the creation of 3 start up : PrimeVERRE (1996) ; KLOE (2001) ; Verre IT (2003
 has edited 3 books and special issues

 OFTA (French observatory of new technology) “ Nanomatériaux ”
 ECRIN ( club” Materials Science and Chemistry”) “ aerogels –xerogels ”
-INAO (French organisation of label accreditation « soils characterization »)
 Office Parlementaire d’Evaluation des Choix Scientifiques et Technologiques : gouvernement organisation
 CNES Toulouse (French Space Agency )

Scientific responsibility of 25 industrial collaboration contracts ( Corning, CEA, Areva, ESA, ICI , BRGM, Cirad, …) and 4 international collaboration research programs .

Honors :
International Sol-Gel Award “Ulrich Award” 1993, Paris Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Thématiques de recherche