Professor François Renard
Affiliation: The Njord Centre, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo
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. This is an important area because fault dynamics control earthquake nucleation and propagation, and fluid flow in the crust, with important applications in geohazard mitigation and sustainable exploitation of georesources.
François Renard is professor of Geosciences at the University of Oslo, Norway, and professor of Earth Sciences at the University Grenoble Alpes, France. With a background in geology, applied physics, and theoretical chemistry, he is working on topics related to earthquake mechanics, geomechanics, hydrogeology and chemistry of minerals.
Since 2004, he has developed a long-term collaboration with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility where he has built several experimental apparatuses to image rock processes using time-lapse X-ray microtomography.
He has authored more than 180 articles and supervised 17 PhD students and 12 post-doctorate fellows.
He is leader of the section “Physics of Geological Processes” at the Geoscience Department and deputy-leader of the Njord Centre.