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Stephane Gin

  • Senior Scientist, CEA France
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission



Dr. Stéphane Gin was born in Madagascar in 1966. He received a Master degree from Orléans University, France, and a PhD degree from Poitiers University, France in 1994. Since 1995, he works at the French Atomic Energies and Alternatives Energy Commission (CEA) of Marcoule, France, starting his career as scientist on nuclear and commercial glass corrosion problems. In 2001, he took the lead of the “Long term behaviour of HLW glass” group within the Department of treatment and conditioning of nuclear waste at CEA. This team of 25 people focuses on fundamental and applied issues related to the geological disposition of high-level and intermediate level waste glass. From 2012 to 2013, he was visiting scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA. Dr Gin is also part of advisory boards on high-level waste management in Belgium, the UK, and the USA. He also served as editor for the Journal of Nuclear Materials. He is author and coauthor of about 100 papers and wrote acclaimed books on nuclear waste management for the general public.

Education and Training

Université de Poitiers, France, PhD, 1994

Université d’Orléans, France, MSc, 1991

Université de Poitiers, France, Engineering degree, 1991

Research and Professional Experience

Senior Scientist and Deputy of the head of a Research Unit (3 research teams, 60 staff), CEA, Marcoule site, France, 2013-present

Visiting Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2012-2013

Head of the ‘Long-Term Behavior of Nuclear Glass’ Research Team, Marcoule site, France, 2001-2012

Research Staff Member, CEA, Marcoule site, France, 1995-2001

Selected Publications

  • S Gin, JV Ryan, DK Schreiber, J Neeway, M Cabié, “Contribution of atom-probe tomography to a better understanding of glass alteration mechanisms: Application to a nuclear glass specimen altered 25 years in a granitic”, Chemical Geology 349 (2013) 99-109
  • C Cailleteau, F Angeli, F Devreux, S Gin, J Jestin, P Jollivet, O Spalla “Insight into silicate-glass corrosion mechanisms” Nature Materials, 7 (2008) 978-983
  • P Frugier, S Gin, Y Minet, T Chave, B Bonin…”SON68 nuclear glass dissolution kinetics: Current state of knowledge and basis of the new GRAAL model” Journal of Nuclear Materials (2008)
  • S Gin, C Guittonneau, N Godon, D Neff, D Rebiscoul, M Cabie, S Mostefaoui, Nuclear glass durability: new insight into alteration layer properties”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115 (2011) 18696–18706 - ACS Publications
  • S Gin, X Beaudoux, F Angeli, C Jegou, “Effect of composition on the short-term and long-term dissolution rates of ten borosilicate glasses of increasing complexity from 3 to 30 oxides” Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 358 (2012) 2559–2570
  • S Gin, C Jegou, P Frugier, Y Minet, “Theoretical consideration on the application of the Aagaard–Helgeson rate law to the dissolution of silicate minerals and glasses,” Chemical Geology, 255 (2008) 14–24
  • S Gin, P Jollivet, M Fournier, F Angeli, P Frugier, T Charpentier, “Origin and consequences of silicate glass passivation by surface layers, Nature Communications, 6 (2015) 6360
  • S Gin, P Jollivet, M Fournier, C Berthon, Z Wang, A Mitroshkov, Z Zhu,JV Ryan, “The fate of silicon during glass corrosion under alkaline conditions: A mechanistic and kinetic study with the International Simple Glass” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 151 (2015) 68-85
  • G Geneste, F Bouyer, S Gin, “Hydrogen–sodium interdiffusion in borosilicate glasses investigated from first principles” Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 352 (2006), 3147–3152
  • P Frugier, C Martin, I Ribet, T Advocat, S Gin, The effect of composition on the leaching of three nuclear waste glasses: R7T7, AVM and VRZ, Journal of Nuclear Materials 346 (2005) 194–207