Samuel Bernard

University Montpellier 2, France


Samuel Bernard is a CNRS Researcher at the European Institute of Membranes of Montpellier. He obtained in 1999 a grant for a thesis in University of Lyon. His work was devoted to the preparation of boron nitride fibers from borazine-based macromolecules. His thesis diploma was focused on the “material aspect” of the fiber preparation process and more particularly, on the optimization of the polymer-to-ceramic conversion step. He was awarded in November 2002 and he obtained a postdoctorate position in Stuttgart (Germany) in January 2003 at the Max-Planck-Institute für Metallforschung in the department of Professor F. Aldinger. The postdoctorate work dealt with the “chemistry aspect” of the fiber preparation process, that is, the synthesis and characterization of tailored macromolecules which had the capability to be spun, then transformed into carbonitride fibers, that is, SiBCN fibers. In January 2004, he obtained a permanent position as a CNRS Researcher at the Laboratoire des Multimatériaux et Interfaces in Lyon to extend the activity “boron nitride fibers” toward others complex shaped materials and compositions prepared form preceramic polymers. His research remains focused on the full understanding of the Precursor-derived ceramics process, that is, molecular synthesis, polymerization mechanisms, polymer structure, thermal and rheological properties, curing and pyrolysis mechanisms, kinetic, and ceramic structure to generate ceramics capable of performing in demanding conditions. He is in charge of several industrial and academical projects (European and national) and he is the co-supervisor of 7 Ph.D. students. He has 35 articles published in high IF journals, 6 patents, and 8 book chapters and he is the editor of a book. He is invited in national and international congresses.

Biography Updated on 10 March 2011

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