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Samuel Bernard , Assoc. Prof.

Title at NITech

Associate Professor (2015-2019)

Affiliation, Institution or University

CNRS, Laboratory Science des Procédés Céramiques et de Traitements de Surface (SPCTS-Limoges, France)


Major Field: Polymer-Derived Ceramics (PDCs)

Topics of Joint Research: Development of gas separation membranes, and novel functional ceramic-based thin films, powders and fibers

Classes in Charge at NITech: Seminar on polymer-derived ceramic-based materials

Dr. Samuel Bernard is Senior Research fellow at CNRS (Director of Research). He studied inorganic chemistry at the University of Lyon, received his PhD degree (inorganic chemistry) in 2002 on polymer-derived boron nitride and worked as a postdoc with Prof. Fritz Aldinger and Dr. Markus Weinmann at Max-Planck-Institute für Metalforschung on Polymer-Derived SiBCN ceramics (2003). In Jan. 2004, he came back to LMI as a junior CNRS researcher (Chargé de Recherche CNRS eq. to associate Prof.) to launch a PDCs activity around the Si-X-C-N system (X = B, Al, transition metal). In Sept. 01, 2010, he moved to the European Institute of Membranes (IEM, UMR CNRS 5635) as a Senior CNRS Research Scientist. He defended his habilitation thesis (material chemistry) at the University of Montpellier in October 2012 and worked as a group leader (Material department) for two years at IEM before getting the position of Director of Research at CNRS (eq. to Prof. position) in October 2016. In agreement with CNRS, he decided to move to SPCTS lab at Limoges (UMR CNRS 7315) to reinforce the PDCs activity in Limoges; in particular on the nanocomposite and additive manufacturing topics. He will be appointed to his CNRS position in October 01, 2017. His research interests are the design of Si- and/or B-based nitrides, carbonitrides and carbides (single phases & nanocomposites) from molecular and polymeric precursors for structures and energy applications. Final ceramics include 1D (fibers), 2D (coatings) and 3D (monoliths) materials from porous to dense components. He is the supervisor or co-supervisor of 23 PhD students. Until now, he has co-authored more than 80 peer reviewed papers (H factor: 28), 19 proceedings, 6 patents, 11 book chapters, and has given 45 invited conference talks. He is the editor of a book and the (co)-organizer of several international conferences. He was awarded the Solid State Chemistry Division Prize (June 2014) and received an award for recognition of his work done in chemistry (July, 2015) by the French Chemical Society (SCF). He became a member of the French solid-state chemistry division in Nov. 2015 from SCF. Since Feb. 2017, he is associate editor for the Journal of the Ceramic Society of Japan.


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