Dr. Philippe Ungerer

Scientific Director

As Scientific Director Philippe is is in charge of providing scientific and technological leadership in the field of atomistic fluid simulations

Dr. Philippe Ungerer
Professional experience: 

Before joining Materials Design® in 2010, Philippe spent most of his career at IFP (now called IFP New Energy), a public-sector research, innovation and training center active in the fields of energy, transport and the environment.

He has been active in several fields of simulation: development of multidimensional models of oil and gas generation in sedimentary basins, thermodynamics of complex fluid mixtures, and molecular modeling of fluid properties since 1997. In these fields, he has been constantly involved in applications with industrial partners in the energy sector. Since 1998, he has also been regularly collaborating with the Laboratory of Chemical Physics in Orsay (University Paris 11), where he spent several years as a research fellow and associate professor. Philippe was again full time at IFP New Energy from 2005 to 2010, where he served as Scientific Director from 2006 to 2010, in charge of exploratory research among other duties.

Philippe is author or co-author of more than 100 articles in scientific journals or congress proceedings including Energy & Fuels, J. Phys. Chem. B, Oil and Gas Science and Technology, Fluid Phase Equilibria, AAPG Bulletin, Organic Geochemistry, Nature …. He is also the leading author of a textbook "Applications of molecular modeling in the oil and gas industry - Monte Carlo methods" (Technip editions, Paris, 2005) coauthored with Anne Boutin (CNRS) and Bernard Tavitian.

Philippe graduated from the School of Mines in Paris (1978). He holds a Masters in Applied Sciences of the University of Montreal (Quebec, Canada). He also obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry under the guidance of Professor Alain Fuchs in Orsay (1999).

Philippe and his wife Martine live in Créteil, close to Paris, where they have restored a small house. Martine, as a logopedist, likes learning languages (even chinese!). Their favorite hobbies are mountain walks, ski touring, cycling, and traveling abroad.