Philippe Walter#


Philippe Walter
Membership Number:4976
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:FRANCE
Section:CHEMICAL SCIENCES
Elected:2019
Homepage: http://www.umr-lams.fr



Present and Previous Positions
  • 2012 - Director, Laboratoire d’Archéologie moléculaire et structurale (LAMS), CNRS-UMR 8220
  • 2016 - 2019 Co-director, Observatoire des Patrimoines de Sorbonne Universités (OPUS)
  • 2013 - 2014 Invited Professor at Collège de France, Liliane Bettencourt Chair of Innovative Technology
  • 2012 - 2014 Director, Féderation de Recherche NewAGLAE (in the Louvre Museum)
  • 2008 - 2011 Director, Laboratory of the Centre de Recherche et Restauration des Musées de France C2RMF, CNRS-UMR 171
  • 2007 - Research Director at CNRS (from 2018, exceptional class)
  • 2005 - 2013 Associate Professor, University of Liege, Belgium
  • 2003 - 2011 Head, « AGLAE » group at the Centre de Recherche et Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF)
  • 1995 - 2007 Researcher at CNRS, Centre de Recherche et Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF)
  • 1986 - 1990 Student at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud-Lyon

Fields of Scholarship
  • Art-chemistry
  • Materials science for cultural heritage
  • Technological innovation for the development of new instruments and analytical tools to characterize materials of cultural heritage
  • Design, creation and use of portable instruments
  • In-situ, non-destructive, non-invasive spectroscopies and hyperspectral imaging for ancient materials
  • Synchrotron radiation studies for cultural heritage
  • Analytical studies of pigments, binders and media used by Old Masters
  • Analytical chemistry to understand the formulation of pigments, cosmetic or medicinal products for health and beauty during Antiquity (Prehistoric Caves, Egypt)
  • Ancient materials as an unexpected source of information on long-term physico-chemical ageing
  • Colour, light and spectroscopy to unravel the origin of visual perception

Honours and Awards
  • 2019 Member of Academia Europaea
  • 2017 Grand Prix Le Bel, the French Chemical Society
  • 2014 Principal Investigator of the POLYRE project (interdisciplinary research consortium on polychromy) of Sorbonne Universités
  • 2013 - 2014 Invited Professor at Collège de France, Liliane Bettencourt Chair of Innovative Technology
  • 2013 Principal Investigator of the LAMS mobile laboratory project
  • 2011 Founding member of the Gordon research conference on “Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage research” (vice-chair in 2012 ; chair in 2014)
  • 2011 Co-Principal Investigator, for Cultural Heritage applications, of the ThomX Equipex project (Inverse Compton Source) in Orsay
  • 2011 Principal Investigator of the New AGLAE Equipex project in the Louvre Museum
  • 2010 Franklin-Lavoisier Prize, Science History Institute, Philadelphia, Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, USA-France
  • 2009 Fellow of the Fundation IXCore for Research
  • 2009 Guest curator of the exhibition « Le bain et le miroir » (The bath and the mirror) at Cluny Museum – National Museum national of Middle Ages, Paris
  • 2008 Silver Medal, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • 2004 Grammatikakis-Neuman Prize of Chemistry, the French Academy of Sciences
  • 2002 Guest curator of the exhibition « Egyptian perfumes», Cairo Museum, Cairo (Egypt)
  • 2000 Bronze Medal, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • 1994 Prize in Physical Chemistry, the French Chemical Society

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