ESSC Members

François Raulin


Research Interests


FRANCOIS RAULIN is professor emeritus at the Université Paris Est Créteil, and develops his research at LISA (Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques). His scientific fields of interest are related to planetology and exo/astrobiology, including the planetary experiments (experimental simulations, IR and UV spectral data, analytical techniques by GC, GC-MS and Pyr-GC-MS); theoretical modelling (using microphysics, kinetics, and thermodynamics); observational data: remote sensing (IR) and in situ (GC-MS) space exploration.

He was a research fellow at Carl Sagan’s Laboratory, Cornell University and assistant professor at the Univesrity Paris Val de Marne, and a CNRS/NS post-doctoral fellow at Cyril Ponnamperuma’s Laboratory of Chemical Evolution, University of Maryland. He obtained a Chemical Engineer diploma from ESPCI, and received his Doctorat d’Etat (on the role of sulphur in prebiotic chemistry) from the Université Paris VI. He later became full professor at University Paris XII, where he developed his researches at PCOS (Space Organic Physical Chemistry) group of LISA, the Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques. He is author and co-author of over 300 publications. Awards received include ESA Award for Oustanding Contribution to the Huygens Probe, NASA Group Achievement Award, the Cassini Programme Interdisciplinary Scientist, Cassini GC-MS Team Cassini ACP Team, Cassini CIRS Team – ISSOL Fellow Award – Chevalier, and then Officier des Palmes Académiques – Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. He was director of LISA and director of the Federation of CNRS laboratories in Exobiology (GCD Exobio). He was president of SFE (French Society of Exobiology). He was chair of the Planetary Protection WG of ESA. He was co-investigator of CIRS (Cassini), ACP and GC-MS (Huygens). He was also IDS of the Cassini-Huygens mission (Titan’s Chemistry and Exobiology) and co-investigator of the COSAC and COSIMA experiments of the Rosetta European cometary mission. He is CoPI of the MOMA experiment of the ExoMars 2020 mission. He was member of HESAC (ESA Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee) and is member of the Planetary Protection WG of ESA.