Claire Chassagne is interested in linking the large-scale properties of clay suspensions and sediment beds, as monitored in-situ and measured in the laboratory, to their micro-scale properties, and in particular to the clay surface charge. These micro-scale properties, depending on parameters like pH, ionic strength, type of ions, organic matter (polymer) content, etc... are needed to understand the stability of clays and their flocculation behavior, the strength of aggregates, the physico-chemical properties of slurries (viscosity, shear strength) and sediment beds (consolidation, permeability).
Claire Chassagne studied Physics at the University P. et M. Curie (nowadays Sorbonne Université) in Paris. She specialized in Colloidal Science and obtained her PhD (cum laude) from the University of Leiden in 2002 for her thesis entitled “double layer polarization in electric fields”. She obtained the “DSM award for Chemistry and Technology” and the “Oosterhoff travel grant for outstanding research” in 2003.
She was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (2003) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway (2004-2005).
In 2006 she became an assistant professor at NTNU and since 2020 she is an associate professor at Department of Environmental Fluid Mechanics of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).
In 2019 she received an Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) degree in Physics from Sorbonne Université.
More about her research can be found on the webpages dedicated to the academic network MUDNET.