Thomas Brichart
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Glincs S.A.S
Bâtiment l'Atrium
43, boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918
69100 Villeurbanne
France

Currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Glincs S.A.S. (France), my research is focused on the synthesis, detection and characterization of luminescent nano-objects. Our main fields of application are tracing (for soils and complex media), additives detection (in water treatment, oil & gas, environment) and marking (traceability and anti-counterfeiting).


Those new tracers are developed within our company and in close collaboration with the Institute of Light and Matter at the University of Lyon and with several major actors in each domain (Total, SNF, Cotecna, Heriot-Watt University, etc.).


With our sister company Axint, we are also developing a versatile, application specific and portable detector for all our tracers and markers.


Research Experience
  1. Glincs S.A.S.

    Lyon, France

    Since October 2016


    Glincs S.A.S. Chief Technology Officer

    Head the development of new luminescent tracers and markers Handle the conception and manufacturing of tailored detectors Manage research programs Control the conception of detection protocols Develop an macOS/iOS software for our detectors

    As part of a small start-up my missions are diversified and include all aspects of company management.

  2. Institute for Energy Technology

    Kjeller, Norway

    October 2014 - October 2016


    Tracers in oil reservoir Development of intelligent nanotracers (able to give information about temperature, pH, salinity, residual oil saturation, etc.)

    Organic synthesis of lanthanide chelates and nanoparticles Surface modification of nanoparticles in order to increase the colloidal stability Caracterization of the synthesized products (size, polydispersity, Zeta potential, fluorescence) Development of new detection methods Stability testing for temperature, pressure, salinity, etc. Coreflooding tests (Berea, Clashach, Carbonates)

  3. Institute of Light and Matter

    Lyon, France

    Sept. 2011 - July 2014


    Tracers in oil reservoir PhD thesis on the subject : 'Fluorescent lanthanide-based tracers in complex media'. This work is focused on the synthesis and caracterisation of nano-objects (lanthanides complexes, nanoparticles) for tracing applications in complex media (high pressure / temperature / salinity, high concentration of contaminants, etc.).


    The following technique have been used and developped:

    Synthesis and caracterisation of luminescent complexes Synthesis and caracterisation of fluorescent silica nanoparticles Fluorescence studies of objets containing both lanthanides and organic dyes Surface functionnalization of nanoparticles to ensure their colloidal stability Validation of geological tracers in porous rock cores

    New tracers applicable in oil reservoirs were developped during the thesis. Several collaborations also led to the deployment of nanoparticles to study transport in porous media or absorption by cells.


    A new detection technique was also develop to quantify scale inhibitors in production water of oil fields. Finally an anti-counterfeiting technique was developped and tested for Tahiti pearls.


    This work led 5 patents, 8 publications and the creation of a company (GLINCS).


    This work was directed by Dr. Matteo Martini and Pr. Olivier Tillement.

  4. Laboratory of Physical-Chemistry of Luminescent Materials

    Lyon, France

    January-July 2011


    The goal of this internship was to continue the development of fluorescent core-shell (gold-silica) nanoparticles. Those particles were intended as water tracers for oil reservoirs. My work included the following aspects:

    Particle size optimization Size distribution and polydispersity measurements Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence characterization Surface functionnalization Colloïdal stability testing Coreflooding of tracers


    Several batches of highly stable fluorescent nanoparticles were synthesized (stability up to 100'000 ppm of salt). Their transport properties in porous media was also studied successfully.


    This work was directed by Dr. Matteo Martini

  5. Laboratory of Physical-Chemistry of Luminescent Materials

    Lyon, France

    April-July 2010


    Fluorescent coating on glass substrate The objective of this internship was to explore fast and easy methods to graft fluorescent and/or hydrophilic nanoparticles on glass surface in order to add visual effects to glass bottles sold to the general public.

    Multiple batch of core-shell gold-silica fluorescent nanoparticles were synthesized and characterized in order to determine their size distribution and their fluorescence signal. Multiple methods have then been tested for the grafting of nanoparticles, lanthanide chelates and organic dyes to glass substrates.

    This work was directed by Maxime Saint-Jean & Dr. Matteo Martini

    The image provided is for illustration purpose only. © Pernod-Ricard

  6. Laboratory of Marine Biology and Chemistry

    Lorient, France

    May-June 2009


    Algae growth inhibition by halogenated furanones This two months internship focused on the synthesis of halogenated furanones and on testing their anti-microbial effiency. Halogenated furanones were investigated as a replacement technology copper in anti-fouling boat paint.

    Two months of work resulted in the successful synthesis of two new halogenated furanonesm their identification using mass spectroscopy as well as NMR 1H and 13C and their preliminary testing in petri dishes.

    This work was directed by Dr. David Carteau.

    The image provided is for illustration purpose only.


Education
  1. PhD in nanotechnologies

    University of Lyon, France


    Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 PhD thesis on the subject : 'Fluorescent lanthanide-based tracers in complex media'. This work is focused on the synthesis and caracterisation of nano-objects (lanthanides complexes, nanoparticles) for tracing applications in complex media (high pressure / temperature / salinity, high concentration of contaminants, etc.).


    The following technique have been used and developped:

    Synthesis and caracterisation of luminescent complexes Synthesis and caracterisation of fluorescent silica nanoparticles Fluorescence studies of objets containing both lanthanides and organic dyes Surface functionnalization of nanoparticles to ensure their colloidal stability Validation of geological tracers in porous rock cores

    New tracers applicable in oil reservoirs were developped during the thesis. Several collaborations also led to the deployment of nanoparticles to study transport in porous media or absorption by cells.


    A new detection technique was also develop to quantify scale inhibitors in production water of oil fields. Finally an anti-counterfeiting technique was developped and tested for Tahiti pearls.


    This work led 5 patents, 8 publications and the creation of a company (GLINCS).


    This work was directed by Dr. Matteo Martini and Pr. Olivier Tillement.

  2. Master in inorganic chemistry

    University of Lyon, France


    High honors
    Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
    First year Experimental techniques Organometallic chemistry and homogenous catalysis Supramolecular chemistry Solid chemistry, matter and properties Development and implementation, from nano to monocristal 3 months internship
    Second year Molecular and coordination chemistry Elaboration of hybrid solids organic/inorganic Systems thermodynamic Cristallography Specific materials elaboration Hybrid nanomaterials From molecule to materials for optics 6 months internship


    Master's website

  3. Bachelor in applied chemistry

    University of South Brittany, France


    Université de Bretagne Sud Organic chemistry Solutions chemistry General physics Computer Science Experimental practice Quantum physics Polymer chemistry 2 months internship

  4. Scientific Baccalaureate

    Georges de la Tour High School, Metz, France


    Specialization in physics-chemistry
    Third class honours Lycée Georges de la Tour, Metz


Scientific production
6 articles, 3 conference papers, 1 thesis and 5 patents
2017
New Fluorescent Tracers for SWCTT
New Fluorescent Tracers for SWCTT
Nanoparticle transport in water-unsaturated porous media- effects of solution ionic strength and flow rate
Nanoparticle transport in water-unsaturated porous media- effects of solution ionic strength and flow rate
2015
Method for marking nacre
Method for marking nacre
How to Monitor Scale Inhibitor Squeeze Using Simple TRF Tracers
How to Monitor Scale Inhibitor Squeeze Using Simple TRF Tracers
Method for adjusting the level of inhibitors in an oil or gas well
Method for adjusting the level of inhibitors in an oil or gas well
2014
Lanthanide-based fluorescent tracers in complex media
Lanthanide-based fluorescent tracers in complex media
Fluorescent tracers for marking oilfield injection waters
Fluorescent tracers for marking oilfield injection waters
Ultrasmall particles for Gd-MRI and (68) Ga-PET dual imaging
Ultrasmall particles for Gd-MRI and (68) Ga-PET dual imaging
Tracing Water Flow and Colloidal Particles Transfer in an Unsaturated Soil
Tracing Water Flow and Colloidal Particles Transfer in an Unsaturated Soil
The Use of Fluorescent Tracers for Inhibitor Concentration Monitoring Useful for Scale Inhibitor Squeeze Evaluation
The Use of Fluorescent Tracers for Inhibitor Concentration Monitoring Useful for Scale Inhibitor Squeeze Evaluation
Nanozeolite-LTL with Gd(III) deposited in the large and Eu(III) in the small cavities as a magnetic resonance optical imaging pro
Nanozeolite-LTL with Gd(III) deposited in the large and Eu(III) in the small cavities as a magnetic resonance optical imaging pro
2013
Fluorescent Nanobeads a First Step Toward Intelligent Water Tracers
Fluorescent Nanobeads a First Step Toward Intelligent Water Tracers
Experimental evidence of temperature gradients in cavitating microflows seeded with thermosensitive nanoprobes
Experimental evidence of temperature gradients in cavitating microflows seeded with thermosensitive nanoprobes
Energy transfer from pyridine molecules towards europium cations contained in sub 5-nm Eu2O3 nanoparticles Can a particle be an e
Energy transfer from pyridine molecules towards europium cations contained in sub 5-nm Eu2O3 nanoparticles Can a particle be an e
2012
Nanotracers for labeling the injection water in oil fields
Nanotracers for labeling the injection water in oil fields
Tracer fluids with a memory effect for the study of an oil deposit
Tracer fluids with a memory effect for the study of an oil deposit

Other Skills
Languages
  • French 
  • UK English 
  • Norwegian bokmål 
  • German 
Computer Things
Programmation
  • Swift 
  • Python 
  • Objective-C 
  • HTML 
  • CSS 
  • PHP 
  • MySQL 
Office
  • Word 
  • Excel 
  • Powerpoint 
Video editing & 3D
  • Final Cut Pro 
  • Premiere Pro 
  • Blender 

Interests
Scoutism
Member of the Scouts et Guides de France association since the age of 8.
  • Humanitarian project in Peru (5 weeks in 2006)
  • Scout leader
    • BAFA certification
    • 3 years for 11-14 year olds
    • 2 years for 11-14 year olds
  • Associated member of the national team
    • Internet website creation
    • You're Up jamboree preparation (2015)
Arts
  • Music: played the clarinette & the saxophone for many years
  • Movies / TV series (Drama, thriller, sci-fi)
  • Reading (Sci-fi, historical)