Galerie's Biography

 by Yves Wouters (University of Grenoble-Alpes, France)

Professor Alain Galerie is, to this day, one of the most recognized figures in the French high temperature corrosion community. His entire career demonstrates his great attachment to his job as a teacher-researcher.

Since 1970, he has been studying the theoretical study of the kinetics of reactions between composite gases and metals, including sulphurisation, developed in his thesis in 1977. Thereafter, and until now, he has continued to tackle new scientific projects often characterized by innovative research and with multiple outcomes. During several postdoctoral research stays at the Harwell Nuclear Center (UK), he got passion with ion implantation and its effects on oxidation, then on the development of making solidified surface alloys under a laser beam. In the 90s, when few scientists saw the interest, he began, with Marcel Caillet, DR CNRS, a vast program of study of the effects of water vapor on the oxidation at high temperature of pure metals. It is only a decade later that the community will become aware of the inevitable interest of this subject, water vapor being revealed, in many industrial environments, as an extremely aggressive agent. Thanks to this expertise, he was invited to give two plenary lectures to the Gordon Research Conferences in 2001 and 2009. He was also interested in the contribution of photoelectrochemistry, technique which has proven to be very successful in bringing innovative information thanks to the semiconducting signature of oxide scales. Later, he developed a new major axis around the adhesion of thermal oxides to refractory alloys by implementing tools for determining the interfacial rupture energy of the protective layers (blister test and SEM in-situ tensile testing). He also studied the monitoring of damage during high temperature oxidation by acoustic emission. In addition, he was involved in a perpetual action of newness, for example with the use of Raman imaging and FIB/SEM in several studies. All of this work was done with 30 PhD students, produced more than 180 papers in scientific journals and proceedings (163 articles referenced "Web of Science", H-index = 23) and more than 50 invited lectures. He is regularly invited as a member of thesis and HDR (habilitation thesis to supervise research) juries. Although now retired, Professor Alain Galerie is still very active. He is regularly invited in the major congresses of the high-temperature oxidation community in which he gives very popular scientific historical lectures.

Involved, nationally as well as internationally, in the organization of thematic schools and major scientific congresses - the most famous being probably the International Symposium On High-Temperature Corrosion and Protection of Materials (better known as name of the Embiez Congress) - Professor Alain Galerie is also author or co-author of several books, the most notable of which are "Les Mécanismes de la corrosion sèche" (High temperature corrosion mechanisms), with his colleagues Pierre Sarrazin and Jacques Fouletier, published in French in 2000 and in English version in 2008, as well as the eight papers published in the "Techniques of the Engineer", with Laurent Antoni.

He spent most of his career at ENSEEG (National School of Electrochemistry and Electrometallurgy of the Polytechnic National Institute of Grenoble), where he was for many years the Director of Studies. He has also held, at the national level, the position of President of the "P" and "PSI" Concours Communs Polytechniques. His teaching has always been, for him, a priority and he constantly privileged the close relationship with students, advocating for the strengthening of practical work and laboratory projects. In addition to mineral chemistry, he has taught in particular heterogeneous kinetics, high temperature corrosion and surface treatments. The school PHELMA / Grenoble INP, today formed by the meeting of three Grenoble schools, owes a lot to him in his new organization. Having trained many engineers and PhD students whom he likes to meet often in the research and development centers of the big French industrial groups, Professor Alain Galerie is known for his remarkable pedagogy and his great attachment to the training of the students, qualities which have undoubtedly helped to mark several generations of young researchers.