FIELD

- Design of sampling strategies for the environmental monitoring of...

  • point source systems (around or inside processing plants)

  • urban watersheds and waste water treatment plants

  • river systems

  • estuarine and coastal waters

  • human biomonitoring

 

- Deployment of active and passive sampling and measurement devices

- Use and calibration of pH-Eh-O2-salinity field probes

- Sampling of undisturbed samples of soils (Kopecki) and sediments (boxcorer, Reineck corer, van Veen grab)

- Depth controlled sampling of water (niskin)

- Sea-going missions (51 days) :

  • Scheldt estuary and North Sea on the Belgica R.V

  • Garonne river and Gironde estuary  on the Côte de La Manche (INSU) R.V.

- Geological mapping experiences (67 days) : Ardennes, Alpes de Hte Provence, Normandie, Ardeche, Auvergne.

LAB

- Proficiency for designing chemical protocols and experimentations including:

 

  • speciation, leaching and selective extractions

  • ion-exchange chromatography

  • solid phase extraction (Chelex, digisep)

  • DGT

- Physical and chemical treatment of diverse solid, aqueous (fresh and saline waters) and biological sample matrices including :

  • Resin impregnation of sediments

  • Thin sections preparation of rocks

  • Filtrations for analysis of POC, DOC, nutrients, Chl-A, and dissolved trace metals

  • Alcaline and acid mineralisation of samples

- Handling in inert atmosphere with methodologies adapted to low levels concentrations

- Use of class 100 labs and analytical grade reagents with clean protocols

 

- Oversight of chemical safety protocols.

 

ANALYSES

- Design of traceable protocols for mineralogical, chemical (major and trace elements)  and isotopic measurements

- Use and intercalibration of certified reference materials for quality control

- Independent user of several analytical instruments and fluent with

  • writing analysis routines

  • tuning operating parameters

  • performing calibration, correcting for mass bias, matrix effects and interferences

  • solving common malfunctions (not related to electronics)

​Measurment of metal stable isotopic ratios for Cu, Zn, Pb, (+ Cd, Ag, Fe) 

  • MC-ICP-MS (Nu plasma or Neptune, wet & dry introduction system)  *****  

Measurement of trace elements concentrations (including isotope dilution method)

  • Q-ICP-MS (Thermo X Series) *****

  • HR-ICP-MS (Element2) ***

  • GF-AAS (spectAA-300 Zeeman). ****

Measurment of major elements

 

  • ICP-AES (Perkin Elmer ICP6000) for major metals **

  • LECO CS-125 & Shimadzu) for particulate & dissolved organic carbon (POC & DOC) **

  • Spectrophotometry (N,P), Fluorimety (chlorophyl-A). *

Analysis of mineral compositions of solid materials

  • XRD (Bruker Siemens microXRD GADDS and Bruker Siemens D8 advance), including clay mineralogy **

  • SEM (imagery and EDX analyses) **

  • Polarising optical microscope (transmission and reflexion) *****

  • Laser granulometry (Malvern Mastersizer 2000) **

Communication & language skills

- WRITTING: Strong experience in reviewing and writing scientific publications and research proposals,  techincal reports and lecture notes.

- SPEAKING: Communications in international meetings and workshops, 2008 hours of teaching with different backgrounds and levels, in classes varying from 200 to groups of 5 students.

 

- OUTREACH:  workshops in elementary schools related to earth sciences; promotion of earth science studies in high schools; mentoring students for the “Printemps des Sciences” science fair at the Faculty of Science, ULB.

Computer skills

OFFICE suite (advanced excel user), adobe photoshop/illustrator, dreamweaver

Fluent with graphing & stat softwares such as gaphpad Prism, Sigmaplot

Backroung in computing with VBA (and excell macro's) and matlab

Backgound in geochemical numerical modelling with hydrus 2D, phreeqc.

Background in GIS (Globalmapper)

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