Marianne Balat-Pichelin

PROMES-CNRS laboratory, France


Marianne Balat-Pichelin is currently working at the PROMES-CNRS laboratory (Processes, Materials and Solar Energy laboratory) located in the 1 MW Solar Furnace of Font-Romeu Odeillo. She is the responsible for the research group High Temperature Materials and Solar Fuels (website: She has obtained the following degrees: M.S. degree in chemistry in 1982, Ph.D. degree in physical sciences in 1986, and HDR degree in material science in 1995, and she has been CNRS Senior Scientist since 1988. Her research field concerns the study of the physicochemical behavior of materials under extreme environment (high temperature, plasma, ionized species, vacuum, low pressure, etc.) with studies on oxidation, catalycity, ageing of materials, thermoradiative properties, and so forth. She is an author or coauthor or more than 80 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 90 communications in international congress. She has a lot of collaborations with agencies and industries like CNES, ESA, EADS-Astrium, Snecma, CEA, and so forth and with other laboratories from universities (Italy, Russia, Slovenia, etc.). She participates as an Expert to several groups at NASA (Solar Probe STDT 2004–2008) and ESA (Plasma Working Group 2002–2004 and since 2010 to the Lunar Lander Topical Team (Exploitation of Local Planetary Materials).

Biography Updated on 7 September 2011

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