After a PhD (1989-1992) at University of Bordeaux I on the synthesis and characterisations of lithium thioborates glasses for electrolytes in solid state batteries, he was assistant professor at the University of Strasbourg (1992-2004) teaching in the field of solid state chemistry. There, its research activities were devoted to the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles with specific properties (optical, magnetic, catalytic...) embedded or not in matrix. In 2004 he joined the CNRS and moved to Toulouse. Claude Estournès is now CNRS Research Director, leader of the team “Nanocomposites et Nanotubes de Carbone (NNC) at CIRIMAT in Toulouse. Its main activities are devoted to the synthesis, preparation and densification of materials (with nano and micro scales, composite, multilayered system, ceramic, polymer, glass etc…) by "Spark Plasma sintering" technology and to the development of novel, specific and multi-functional architectures (FGM, micro- and meso-porous composite structure, sandwiches ...) to tailor specific properties. He published 172 papers in internationally refereed journals with ~4000 citations and has a h-index of 36. He is co-author of about 81 invited conferences, 41 seminars and 217 international conference contributions, wrote 2 book chapters and has deposited 14 patents with 5 PCT. In 2013- he received the Pfeil Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. From 2004 to 2016 he was the Scientific Coordinator of the CNRS National Platform on Spark Plasma Sintering (PNF2/CNRS). Between 2008 and 2011, he was the Director of the national research group on Spark Plasma Sintering federating more than 250 researchers from 32 French laboratories and 11 industries. He was the Chairman of the 2nd and 3rd International Workshop on Spark Plasma Sintering held respectively in Capbreton 2011 and Toulouse 2014.
Biography Updated on 20 March 2017