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Dr Alain PRINZHOFER

Founding partner and CTO

HYNAT

Founding Partner HYNAT and CTO HYNAT

Alain Prinzhofer, after a diploma of engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (France), defended a PhD on Structural geology and petrology in the ophiolitic complex of New Caledonia in the Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris. He defends a Thèse d’Etat” (French State Doctorate) in geochemistry in the IPGP (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris), devoted to the processes of mantle partial melting in extensive areas. He worked then two years in Caltech (California) on Samarium/Neodymium isotopes in meteorites. He works then 20 years in IPFEN (Institut Français du Pétrole et des Energie Nouvelles), where he focuses mainly on gas geochemistry (hydrocarbon, non-hydrocarbon compounds, stable isotopes and noble gas isotopes). Creating a laboratory of stable isotopes and of noble isotopes, his research deals with various issues concerning gas sources, generation, migration, contamination and alteration. After 3 years in the O&G company HRT (Brazil), he creates the service and research company GEO4U (Brazil). He works today on the geochemistry of natural gas in general, but his main interest is now the exploration of natural hydrogen on the planet, both in ophiolitic environments than in continental cratons. He is the author of more than 50 Rank A scientific papers in journals and book chapters, 8 patents, more than 150 communications in congresses, and wrote a book on natural hydrogen with Eric Deville. He teaches in various French and foreign universities on applied geosciences (mining geology, petroleum systems and Earth Sciences associated with energy).

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