Professor François Renard

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Affiliation: The Njord Centre, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo


Research interest

François Renard’s research aims to investigate how rocks break and how fractures and fault slip control fluid transport in the Earth’s crust. He is involved in several projects where reactive fluids circulate in faults and fractures, induce mineral transformation and control the rates of rock deformation. His research topics concern fault dynamics, earthquake nucleation and propagation, and fluid flow in the crust, with important applications in geohazard mitigation and sustainable exploitation of georesources.

Short bio

François Renard is professor of Geosciences at the University of Oslo, Norway, and professor of Earth Sciences at the University Grenoble Alpes, France. He is director of the Njord Centre, a cross-disciplinary Physics-Geosciences center at the University of Oslo.

With a background in geology, applied physics, and theoretical chemistry, he is working on topics related to earthquake mechanics, geomechanics, hydrogeology and geochemistry of minerals. Since 2004, he has developed a long-term collaboration with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) where he has built several experimental apparatuses to image rock processes using time-lapse X-ray microtomography.

He has authored more than 200 articles and supervised 19 PhD students and 12 post-doctorate fellows. In 2021, he has received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

Supervisor for the following CompSci project

Published Aug. 19, 2020 4:05 PM - Last modified June 23, 2022 3:06 PM