Teaching statement

Teaching is passing knowledge, but is also one of the keys for inspiration and inquiry. In my philosophy, teachers must provide plans, tools and materials for students to acquire understanding, to discover and explore, to develop independent reasoning, to improve the overall quality and richness of their lives. In my classes the students are involved in active learning with participation in research. We investigate and discover together, in real time, alongside acquiring new knowledge.



“Mineral Physics I”┬ácourse for the Master M1 curriculum at ENS Lyon starting with 2009/2010. Topics discussed:
– advanced crystallography
– energy of a lattice
– introduction into density-fucntional theory
– electronic properties, electronic band strucutre, origin of color
– tensorial properties, mechanical properties, equations of state, elastic constants, seismic propeties
– correlation between petrology and mineral physics data and seismic observations

– compute an equation of state for a simple mineral
– compute the variation of the elastic constants tensor as a function of pressure
– discuss mechanical stability vs instability
– compute seismic properties

“Mineral Physics II”┬ácourse for the Master M2 curriculum at ENS Lyon starting with 2009/2010. Topics discussed:
– lattice dynamics
– phonon band structure, phonon density of states
– lattice instabilities, second-order phase transitions
– relation between phonon spectrum and thermodynamics
– isotope fractionation
– basics of molecular dynamics

– dynamics of a triatomic uni-dimensional atomic chain


One module on computational mineralogy in the “Physics of the Earth” class from the Master curriculum at ENS Lyon, in 2007/8 and 2008/2009.

Various classes in Earth Sciences for undergraduate students during 1997-2003 period at the Catholic University of Louvain.

Advisor for BS students, MS students and predoc interns.

Over time I gave several invited and contributed lectures in various schools and tutorials on high pressure mineralogy and spectroscopy.

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