Gilles Pijaudier / Professor, University of Pau, director, Institute for the sustainable engineering of fossil ressources

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Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in 1985 and obtained a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1987. He joined CNRS in 1988 and later on the faculty of civil engineering of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENSC) in 1992 as a full professor. At ENSC, he developed computational tools for evaluating the integrity of concrete structures. His research activities turned toward durability mechanics and chemo-mechanical issues in 1999 when he joined Ecole Centrale de Nantes. In 2007, Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot joined Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour and the joint laboratory with CNRS and TOTAL which he is directing now, along with the Institut Carnot ISIFoR.

Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot authored over 70 refereed papers which received more than 2400 citations. He received the bronze medal from CNRS in 1991 and the Jean Mandel prize of the French association of mechanics in 1992. In 1996, he was elected at the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) as a junior member and became a senior member in 2012. He received an advanced grant from the European Research Council in 2008.

By Gilles Pijaudier on ParisTech Review

In the United States and in Europe, hydraulic fracturing is one of the most controverted aspects of the shale gas debate. The dialogue of the deaf around the impacts on the environment generates many overstatements from both camps. The arguments put forward by the two sides deserve attention, but one would be wrong to stay stuck there: research is already in motion and new techniques are emerging.
Aux Etats-Unis comme en Europe, la fracturation hydraulique est l'un des points les plus controversés du débat sur les hydrocarbures non conventionnels. Les atteintes à l'environnement, en particulier, font l'objet d'un véritable dialogue de sourds, et dans un sens comme dans l'autre les exagérations ne manquent pas. Les arguments avancés de part et d'autre méritent d’être entendus, mais on aurait tort de s'y arrêter : car la recherche avance et d'autres techniques émergent.

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