Research

With an early training in engineering and environmental sciences, my interdisciplinary research combines technical knowledge with various theoretical concepts and empirical methods from the natural and social sciences. My intellectual goal is to better understand the multi-scale processes that control the behavior of complex socio-technical systems, in particular (nuclear) energy technologies, in their relation with society.

Research lines

My current research deals with issues related to the radioactive waste materials produced at commercial and military facilities in a context of uncertain energy transitions and persisting societal concerns over nuclear energy technologies. It covers the theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle integrating knowledge from various disciplines in the science, engineering and social sciences areas.
This research program has three main components.

Integration of radiation effects on the degradation of materials

Fields involved: Radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, materials science, instrumental chemistry, decision science.

Socio-technical integration of strategies for nuclear waste storage and disposal, decommissioning of nuclear facilities and environmental remediation of sites

Fields involved: Radiochemistry, process chemistry, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, decision science.

Integration of physical and biophysical constraints for the sustainability assessment of nuclear energy and fuel cycle scenarios

Fields involved: Nuclear physics, systems engineering, energy analysis, biophysical economics, sustainability science.

Data-sets

Spent fuel inventory in the U.S. — available soon Citation network analysis on radioactive waste materials (1940-2017) — available soon Bibliographic analysis of transuranic (TRU) waste and defense high-level waste (DHLW) based on the OSTI database on U.S. scientific and technical literature (1950-2017) — under review Integrated analysis of energy access in Namibia (2000-2030) Integrated analysis of power-supply systems (fossil energy vs. nuclear energy) Other data-sets related to publications available upon request.

Data visualization tools

francoisdm.github.io — integrated analysis visualization tools for nuclear waste management systems (more tools under development) The Sustainability Sudoku — a web-based simplified integrated assessment tool useful for exploring the complexity of the energy-food-land nexus Energy Grammars — a Sankey non-linear diagram to visualize the various forms of energy flows across the supply and demand sides, as well as the integrated performance of energy systems Polar Area Chart Generator — a web-based tool for generating integrated indicators for the performance assessment of systems
Last updated on Oct 2019.