CNRS Laboratoire de Dynamique. Interactions et Réactivité (UMR7075
CNRS & Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
2 rue H. Dunant
94320 THIAIS France
Philippe Colomban, born in 1952, was trained as an engineer at
the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Céramiques Industrielles (at Sèvres).
He started his research career in an industrial laboratory at Thomson-CSF
where he prepared PLZT optically clear ceramics by sol-gel routes.
Then he moved to a CNRS (Centre national de recherche scientifique)
laboratory directed by Robert Collongues, where he studied proton
conduction. He became an expert in the synthesis of pure monocrystals
of beta-alumina. Later he moved to the ONERA (Office National dEtudes
et de Recherches Aérospatiales, The French Etablishment for Aerospace
Interview by Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent