Prof. Jean-François Molinari

Full Professor

Jean-François Molinari earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Technology of Compiègne in 1997. He then continued his studies at the California Institute of Technology, where in 2001 he completed a doctorate in aeronautics with a specialty in applied mathematics. From 2000 to 2006 (promotion to tenure in 2006), he was an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. In 2005, he was appointed as a professor at the École Normale Supérieure in Cachan (France), and since 2006 has also been a professor at the École Polytechnique in Paris and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of several scientific associations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Ceramic Society, and the Metals, Minerals and Materials Society.


Associate professor Molinari has written and co-authored a good forty cited publications, as well as about ten books, book chapters and international conference proceedings. In 2000, while he was at Caltech, he was awarded the Ernst E. Sechler Memorial Award in aeronautics in recognition of excellence in teaching and research. In 2009, he has been awarded a prestigious ERC-starting grant


Research Area

Jean-François Molinari, Associate Professor within ENAC and IMX in STI, is the head of the Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory (LSMS: His research expertise is at the interface of Mechanics, Materials Science and Scientific Computing. The core activity of LSMS is to develop robust, physics-based numerical tools that are beneficial to scientific and industrial communities. His research interests and scientific contributions span mechanisms from the nanoscale (deformation in nanostructured materials, nanotribology) all the way to macroscopic lengthscales (damage evolution in structures). Examples of current Ph.D thesis within LSMS include blast resistance of ceramic and concrete structures, grain boundary engineering, atomistic and finite-element methods for uncovering the origins of frictional forces at interfaces in sliding contact.


Jean-François MOLINARI