• Ecole normale supérieure of Cachan, France (MSc & Agrégation in Civil Engineering): 1991-1994
  • University of Grenoble, France (DEA in Mechanics): 1995
  • University of Grenoble, France (PhD thesis in Mechanics): 1999


  • Allocataire-moniteur normalien (PhD student and teaching assistant) at University of Grenoble and Laboratory Soils, Solids, Structures: 1995-1998
  • Agrégé-préparateur at  Ecole normale supérieure in Paris, France (Laboratory of Geology, rock physics team): 1998-2001
  • Research associate professor CNRS at Laboratory Soils, Solids, Structures - Risks: from 2001


  • experimental characterization of the homogeneous behavior and the strain localization in rock, study of the brittle-ductile transition
  • development of strain measurement devices in high pressure cell
  • behavior modelling of rocks (non linear incremental models)
  • bifurcation analysis of the strain localization
  • theoretical study of the localised strain (elasto-plastic laws), analysis of the brittle-ductile transition in compacting porous materials
  • finite elements for local second gradient model in large strain formulation

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