New Business & Services Developer for Oil & Gas Market
Francis became a Chemical Engineer in 1991 and received his Ph.D degree in 1995 from the University of Lyon in France, working with Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP), in heterogeneous catalysis applied to catalytic isobutene dehydrogenation on highly selective platinium-tin catalyst. He joined Arkema in 1997 and has almost 20 years’ experience in sulfur chemicals and their applications. In 1997, he first took the responsibility of research and development projects for sulfur chemicals in refining and petrochemistry until 2006. During this period, he developed an application laboratory, implementing new steamcracker and hydrotreating unit pilots at the Lacq research centre, in France. He managed R&D collaboration projects with Technip, Total, Axens… In 2006, he took the responsibility of the global technical support for dimethyldisulfide (DMDS) clients and more particularly, has developed the service for hydrotreating catalyst sulfiding and DMDS injection called Carelflex. Since January, Francis is responsible for the business development of Arkema’s thiochemicals in Oil & Gas market.