Thierry Ghislain, Ph.D., M.B.A. has joined the CRIEC-B team in October 2015 as Head of the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory.

Dr. Thierry Ghislain started his education at the University by a Technician degree which he obtained in 2003 at the University Institute of Technology (IUT) at Aix-Marseille Université (Marseille, FRANCE). At that time, he did an internship at the Laboratory of Radiochemical and Chemical Analysis (LARC) at the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) of Cadarache (Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, FRANCE) working on organic compounds and cations quantification by capillary electrophoresis. After that, he decided to continue his education towards a more theoretical education and obtained a B.Sc. degree in chemistry at the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse in 2004 (Avignon, FRANCE).

In 2006, he obtained his M.Sc. degree in analytical chemistry. The first year of his M.Sc., he worked at the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Zurich, SWITZERLAND) under the supervision of Pr. Detlef Günther and participated in the construction of a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy system (LIBS). The second year, he studied the influence of mass analyzers (quadrupole and ion trap) on the enantiomeric excess determination by mass spectrometry (Cooks’ kinetic method) under the supervision of Pr. Laurence Charles (mass spectrometry group) at the Laboratory of Chimie Provence (LCP) at Aix-Marseille Université (Marseille, FRANCE).

In 2011, he defended his Ph.D. in earth sciences/analytical chemistry at the Université de Lorraine (Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, FRANCE). He worked under the supervision of Dr. Raymond Michels (Georessources) and Dr. Pierre Faure (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Continental Environments (LIEC)) on the organic matter and petroleum characterization by coupling Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC), high resolution mass spectrometry (Q-TOF) using atmospheric pressure ionization sources (ESI, APCI and APPI). He also developed mathematical and statistical model for mass spectra interpretation to determine origin of soil pollution and petroleum sources.

After his Ph.D., he was hired by Pr. Wolfgang Schrader in the mass spectrometry group to pursue his research on the coupling of chromatography and mass spectrometry for petroleum characterization using 7 then 12T FT-ICR and Orbitrap mass spectrometers at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Mülheim-an-der-Ruhr, GERMANY).

Because he wanted to work more on renewable energies, in 2013 he joined the Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment group (GREENER) at the Laboratory of Reactions and Chemical Engineering (LRGP) at the Université de Lorraine (Nancy, FRANCE) and worked in collaboration with Dr. Anthony Dufour and Dr. Guillain Mauviel. He continued his research in chromatography and mass spectrometry but on biomass analysis. He also worked on the direct characterization of biomass solid samples by Laser Desoprtion Ionization (LDI) coupled to a 9.4T-FTICR mass spectrometer (collaboration with Pr. Frederic Aubriet and Dr. Vincent Carré). At the same time, he decided to obtain a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree which he obtained in 2015 at the Nancy School of Management (ISAM-IAE).

Dr. Thierry Ghislain’s education and professional background has allowed him to occupy most positions available in analytical chemistry from technician to engineer and from researcher to head of the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. Today, he works on most projects and collaborates with the other platforms at the CRIEC-B to bring solutions to analytical chemistry obstacles.


The Chair Team has its own analytical park where students and researchers of the CRIEC-B can benefit from the presence of liquid chromatography (HPLC)systems, systems for ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with spectroscopy mass flight time "time of flight" (UHPLC), gas chromatography (GC-TCD / TCD / FID and GC-FID) systems, a system of gas chromatography coupled with mass spectroscopy (GC-MS ) and a system of gas chromatography coupled with mass spectroscopy with time of flight (GC-MS / TOF).


    • HPLC
    • GC-MS
    • TGA-FTIR
    • Viscosimeter
    • GC-FID/TCD
    • Automatic acid-base titration and Karl Fischer titration
    • Gravimetry (analysis according to ASTM and TAPPI standards)
    • Organic acid
    • Carbohydrates
    • Furans and derivatives
    • Monomeric phenols (HPLC)
    • Monomeric phenols (GC-MS)
    • Gas analysis (alcanes, CO, CO2)
    • Gel Permeation Chromatography – Lignin and derivative analysis
    • Size Exclusion Chromatography – Cellulose and derivatives
    • Identification of the molecules derived from lignin
    • Polyphenols
    • Thermogravimetry analysis of fuels (solid and liquid)
    • Viscosimetry in standard and acidic solutions
    • Karl-Fisher analysis (water)