Laurence Fournaison, France

Senior researcher

Laurence Fournaison, Ph. D. is an energy engineer and accredited research director in the field of refrigeration. She currently works at Irstea (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) where she has managed the laboratories of refrigeration process engineering from 2010 to 2018. Her work has mainly focused on the use of phase-change materials for cold storage. After finishing her Ph. D. on storage with eutectic nodules, she developed an expertise in the field of ice slurries as well as salt and gas hydrate slurries. Member of the IIR’s B1 Commission, she’s been leading IIR’s working group on “Phase-Change Materials and Slurries for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning” since 2006. She is also a member of the French Association of Refrigeration (AFF) where she led a working group on refrigerant fluids and currently presides over a training commission. She has authored 50 publications in international industry journals and has participated in more than 90 conferences on refrigeration worldwide. She has mentored 20 Ph.D. candidates on thermal energy storage, slurries and condenser misting.

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