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    • Olivier Massol, Scientific Assistant to the Director of IFP School, and Omer Rifaat, a graduate of the Master of Energy and Markets (class of 2015), have just co-authored the article "Phasing out the U.S. Federal Helium Reserve: Policy insights from a world helium model", published in the scientific journal Resource and Energy Economics.

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    The aim of setting up such chairs is to support an innovative area of research and to provide industry with skilled professionals trained in these specialized fields. The chairs contribute to the dynamism of the School's courses and scientific environment by calling upon experts and the major players of the oil and gas industry.

    How they are run

    A steering committee, made up of representatives of the various industrial partners together with representatives of the School and of IFP Energies nouvelles' R&D, fixes the objectives of each chair. This committee then follows the work undertaken in order to ensure that it adheres to the agreements made and to adapt the content of the courses if necessary.

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    The persons holding each chair are  renowned scientists who carry out education and research activities defined after consultation with the sponsor(s).

    The chair is set up for a period of three to five years which can be extended depending on progress and needs.

    Research areas

    Five chairs have been set up so far in the following areas, with the support of the Tuck Foundation and industrial partners:

    • Sedimentology and reservoir modelling
      This chair was created in 2008 with the support of Total. The holder is Philippe Joseph, professor in IFP School's Center for Exploration-Production. Research is centered around enhanced recovery of hydrocarbon reservoirs and CO2 capture and storage.

    • Hybrid vehicles and energy control
      Created in 2009, this chair was set up with the help of the Tuck Foundation. Antonio Sciarretta, from IFP Energies nouvelles' Technology, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics research division was appointed as its leader. This chair aims to reinforce IFP School's position on environmental issues related to the automobile industry in terms of local pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

    • Thermodynamics for biomass fuels
      This chair was created in 2010 with the support of the Tuck Foundation. The holder is Jean-Charles de Hemptinne from IFP Energies nouvelles' Applied Chemistry and Physical Chemistry division. At the end of 2012, it was extended for a further three years. Research is centered on the description of fluids for modeling physico-chemical properties of biomass fuels.

    • Economic modeling applied to energy and the environment
      This chair in the field of economics was created at the end of 2011 and is held by Frédéric Lantz, Professor at IFP School. It addresses the issue of the economic  development of new energy pathways, particularly the development of bio-fuels in the refining industry, the use of bio-energy and other alternative energy sources and the  functioning of energy markets.

    • Bio-fuels
      Created at the end of 2012, this chair is the product of a partnership between PSA Peugeot Citroën, the Tuck Foundation and IFP School. It focuses on three fields of study: the economic and environmental viability of bio-fuels, the impact of their physico-chemical characteristics and the composition of mixtures on the emission of pollutants and vehicle consumption, and the impact of their use on the vehicle itself. The chair is held by Anne Jaecker, associate professor at IFP School.

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