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Expert in Construction Materials, Heavy Clay Products, Clay Bricks, Roof Tiles

Expert ID: 724386 Switzerland

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He managed the technical research center of the French heavy clay industry and has written wrote a book on manufacture of clay bricks and roof tiles. He knows quite well how to develop new product and how to solve production and quality problems. He was involved in the new structural bricks with high thermal properties. Before he worked as a contractor to the European Space agency on the development and test of CMC materials. previously, he developed ceramic watch cases. He worked for the space agency on the test of heat resisting tiles for space insulation.

He was involved in the European standardization of construction material and in the French construction regulations

With the French administration, the building code of masonry was developed at the French level (DTU) and at the Europe level (Eurocodes).

He was deeply involved in production, product development and quality.

The Heavy clay industry produces structural clay products, such as bricks, chimney tubes. As manager of the French technical center for clay bricks and roof tiles, he knows these products quite well.

In addition some tiles (floor and wall) are red products, produced usually by brick makers. As the manager of the French and roof tile R and D organization, he was involved in the solutions of the issues of theses red products.

During more than 25 years, I worked with the Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus Ohio) and made numerous technical consultancies of processes and products.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: PhD Subject: Physical chemistry Institution: CNRS France
Year: 1967 Degree: Mining Engineer Subject: Materials Institution: School of mines
Year: 1968 Degree: BA Subject: Economy Institution: Nancy University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Manager Department: Responsibilities: He carries out consultancy for the european heavy clay industry and the European Union.
Years: 1997 to 2003 Employer: Centre technique des tuiles et briques Title: Manager Department: Responsibilities: He managed a centre of 60 persons carrying out analysis, process and product development, quality marks, environnemental assessment for the French heavy clay industry
Years: 1994 to 1997 Employer: Material Design development and devices Title: Technical manager and director Department: Responsibilities: He managed a group of 20 persons producing ceramic equipement for the space agencies and industry.
Years: 1970 to 1994 Employer: Battelle Memorial Institute Title: research engineer then section manager then group leader Department: Materials Responsibilities: He designed, sold and cariied out more than 100 contract research programmes in the fields of materials: ceramic, corrosion, wear,...

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2005 to 2006 Agency: European Union Role: Consultant Description: Preparation of a development strategy for the Morocco heavy clay industry
Years: 2007 to 2007 Agency: European Union Role: Expert Description: Assessment of R and D projects for the 7° R and D plan

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1970 to 1995 Country / Region: USA Summary: He worked with Battelle in Switzerland for more than 25 years and made several business trips to headquarters in Columbus, Houston, Seattle
Years: 1980 to 1987 Country / Region: Japan Summary: He made four trips to Japan (2 months in total) and built up a pilot plant
Years: 1970 to 2000 Country / Region: Europe Summary: Numerous projects with European customers in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Nederland, Belgium, Sweden and Norway.
Years: 2005 to 2006 Country / Region: Morocco Summary: He spent 3 months in Morocco for developping a development strategy for the heavy clay industry

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Professional Appointments
ex editor of Industrie céramique et verrière
Publications and Patents Summary
He has made more than 80 publications and 18 patent applications. He published two books in ceramic and heavy clay products

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
more than 25 years of consulting with Battelle,
technical expert for the European Union
Training / Seminars
He presented and published more than 70 technical papers at various technical meetings. He gave numerous courses on materials, quality and laboratory management
Marketing Experience
He knows very well the heavy clay industry and more genrally the building material industry. Previously he worked for the space, oil and gas and the micromechanical industries.

Optimisation of the manufacturing process: forming, drying, firing,
Development of new products : bricks and roof tiles, and properties: mechanical, hydro-thermal, acoustic, environment,
Roofs and brickworks design,
Quality management, certification, quality marks audits,
Standardisation and CE marking,
Environment of quarries and production plants,
Technology transfer, techno economic studies, and development strategy
Training of technical manpower.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Mother tongue
English he can have technical discussion and write reports in English
German he can read technical papers in German

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