Olivier F.X. Donard

Dr. Olivier F.X. Donard is a research director at the french CNRS (Directeur de Recherche Classe Exceptionelle now “Emeritus”). He has created, directed and is working at the Institut des Sciences Analytiques et de Physicochimie pour l’Environnement et les Matériaux in Pau (France). In the field of analytical chemistry, he has pioneered and developed speciation related issues for a large varieties of international environmental organizations (US EPA, NSF, Dutch Ministry of Water and Environment, French fisheries IFREMER,..). He has developed therefore several approaches of sample preparation, derivatization and detection using AAS, AFS, ICP/AES and ICP/MS (including MC-ICP/MS) that facilitate the routine use of “elemental speciation”. He now has developed novel nontraditional isotopic approaches to unravel Hg environmental pathways and has, in the last 10 years applied these novel possibilities to food traceability. He has created 2 commercial companies dedicated to speciation analysis “UT2A:Ultra Traces Analyses Aquitaine UT2A” and isotopic signatures (AIA Advanced Isotopic Analysis). He is the author of more than 310 international publications both in the field of analytical and environmental chemistry and food chemistry and coedited one book on the topic. He has delivered over 170 plenary or invited lectures at international meetings and made more than 500 participations as posters or oral presentations on the topic. He is the co-founder and part of the executive committee of the “European Virtual Institute of Speciation Analyse EVISA”. Finally, he is collaborating with many instruments manufacturers in the field of speciation. Finally, he has recently been appointed at the french “Académie des Sciences”.