• Olivier Massol, Scientific Assistant to the Director of IFP School, and Omer Rifaat, a graduate of the Master of Energy and Markets (class of 2015), have just co-authored the article "Phasing out the U.S. Federal Helium Reserve: Policy insights from a world helium model", published in the scientific journal Resource and Energy Economics.

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Olivier Bernaert

083111 Oliver BernaertLecturer

Olivier Bernaert joined IFP School in June 2011, as a lecturer in the Center for Refining, Petrochemicals, Gas.

In 1993 he was awarded a degree in chemical engineering from the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons and graduated the following year from IFP School, after studying on the Energy and Processes program.

Before coming back to the School, Olivier Bernaert was employed by Grace Dearborn where he was in charge of industrial applications for corrosion control, desalting and water treatment in refineries and petrochemical plants in Normandy.

He then held several positions, over the next 15 years, within Total working in various refineries and production centers:

  • in research on Sulfur, Amine and Sweetening units
  • in technical assistance to refineries (troubleshooting and units debottlenecking)
  • in the field of refining processes on HDS, Atmospheric Distillation and Aromatic Extraction units
  • as head of a production team working on Reforming, Alkylation, and Visbreaking units and managing utility networks
  • as head of the process department in Total's Dutch refinery working on all units (including DHC, Regenerative reformer, ...).

He was also European training coordinator which involved creating and managing  numerous technical training programs for refineries.

His principal activity today is lecturing for the Energy and Processes program.