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Laboratory of  Geological Processes and Mineral Resources
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CURRICULUM VITAE (Down load Word File)

Position  Directeur de Recherche C.N.R.S. (DR1)

Laboratory Géosciences Montpellier UMR CNRS 5243

Group Core and Mantle
(What ever that means ! Anywhere between 1m and 6371 km below the Earth's surface in my case)

Research interests

Crystallographic preferred orientation and anisotropic physical properties
Ab-inito atomic modelling of crystals and their physical properties
Experimental measurement of physical properties
Experimental deformation at high temperature and pressure
Microstructure - scanning and transmission electron microscopy
Electron back scattered diffraction (E.B.S.D.)
CamScan CrystalProbe at Montpellier (see installation pictures February 2008)

Elected member of CNRS Comité National section 18 - Terre et planètes telluriques : structure, histoire, modèles
Teaching Masters Modules - M1 Physical Properties of Rocks, M2 Physics of the Earth's Interior
(Master Science de la Terre, parcours Recherche Terre et Environnement, Université Montpellier II )

E-mail First.Family@gm.univ-montp2.fr   First=David and Family=Mainprice
(the above has nothing to do with Aston 'Family Man' Barrett of Bob Marley and The Wailers, whose fathering of 52 children with different mothers resulted in his nickname ... it is a technique to avoid SPAM)

Batiment 22, 4th floor, Room 403 (*** New location ***)

Telephone International  +     Fax  +  (*** New Fax Number***)

Postal Address
Géosciences Montpellier UMR CNRS 5243
Bâtiment 22, CC 060
Université Montpellier 2
Place Eugène Bataillon
34095 MONTPELLIER cedex 05

Academic History

1972    B.Sc.(hons) in  Geology (Kingston Polytechnic, London, UK)
1976    M.Sc. in Structural Geology and Rock mechanics (Imperial College, London, UK)
1981    Ph.D. in  Rock mechanics (The Austrailan National University, Canberra , Australia)


1977-1981    Scholarship of The Australian National University.
1981-1982    Royal Society European Exchange Fellow
                     Laboratoire de Tectonophysique, Nantes, France.
1982-1984    Science and Engineering Research Council Fellow
                     Department of Metallurgy and Science of Materials, Oxford,UK.
1995             Invited distinguished lectuer at the University of Pisa, Italy
1995-1996    Crosby distinguished lectureship  in the Departement of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences  at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A.
2010             Invited Professor, Geosciences Department, ETH Zurich, Switerland.
2012             Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU Fellows are limited to no more than 0.1% of the total AGU membership)
2012-2015    La Prime d'excellence de scientifique du CNRS (Le CNRS reconnaît anisi la contribution exceptionelle que vous avez apportée à la recherche)


David Mainprice held Royal Society European Exchange Fellow at Nantes (France) in 1981/82 before moving to the department of  Science of Materials at the University of Oxford (UK) as a Science and Engineering Research Council Fellow from 1983/84. He then moved back to Nantes in 1984 as a Chargé de Recherche CNRS in the group led by Prof. Adolphe Nicolas (Laboratoire de Tectonophysique). In 1986 the group was transferred to Montpellier. In 1991 he became Director de Recherche CNRS. In 1995-96 he was on sabbatical leave at MIT holding the Crosby distinguished lectureship. From 1998 to 2003 he was director of the university service laboratory for electron microscopy. From 1999 to 2003 he was director of the UMR Tectonophysique. He was an elected member of CNRS Comité National section 18 - Terre et planètes telluriques : structure, histoire, modèles from 2004-2008. In January 2012 was elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union for his fundamental contributions to science. November 2012 he was awarded the "La Prime d'excellence de scientifique du CNRS" for his exceptional contribution to research.

Direction of theses

Y. Montardi (1987) Etude du frittage et de la déformation plastique expérimentale des plagioclases. UM II

S. Ji (1987) Déformation plastique naturelle et expérimentale des plagioclases. UM II (Prix de Thèse du CNRS, Sciences de la Terre - année 1987-1988 )

G. Barruol (1993) Pétrophysique de la croûte inférieure. Rôle de l’Anisotropies sismiques sur la réflectivité et déphasage des ondes S. UM II

B. Seront (1993) Déformation expérimentale à haute pression et haute température d’agrégats polycristallins de plagioclases et d’olivine. UM II

W. Ben Ismaïl (1999) La lithosphère  cratonique : Pétrophysique des xénolites mantlelliques d’Afrique du Sud. UM II

E. Pera (2000) Caratteri  petrofisici  del  mantello  lithoferico  dell’italia centrale. Università di Milano (co-director  with Prof. A. Boriani)

E. Larive  (2002) Étude expérimentale des roches à très faible perméabilité UM II PDF

B. Gibert (2003) Étude expérimentale de la diffusivitie thermique des roches mantlelliques UM II
(co-director with Dr.A.Tommasi) Prix de Thèse Haüy-Lacroix 2004 de la Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie. PDF

L. Pèdesseau (2004)  Comportement de matériaux complexes via la modélisation moléculaire. Toulouse

P. Jouanna (2005) Modélisation phéno-corpusculaire de phases et nanophases. UM II

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