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Philippe Blanc



Philippe Blanc, R&D Exploration Production (Environmental & Social Issues project)

Philippe is a chemical engineer with a diploma from the Strasbourg's École nationale supérieure de chimie. He also holds a doctorate in geochemistry from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg.

He joined the E&P division of the Total Group in 1998 as the manager of the fluids and organic chemistry laboratory, and then went on to work in the acquisition and interpretation of gas shows while drilling (GWD), before joining the HSE division in 2005.

After coordinating the HSE reporting tools roll-out for the E&P division, developing the Safety Culture methodology and acquiring expertise in operational safety at Lacq, he joined the Arctic group in 2012 as HSE manager, then transitioned to R&D in 2014 to work on the Environmental and Social Issues project of the Sustainable Development R&D programme.



Philippe oversees the R&D efforts for E&P in the areas of Pollution Response (Oil Spills) and Environmental Monitoring. There, the challenge is to find a way to better manage the environmental risks associated with our operations through technological innovation and knowledge acquisition in areas such as:

  • pollution response tools and environmental impacts, for tropical areas as well as Arctic environments;
  • criteria for selecting the most relevant pollution response strategy for the environmental, social and operational context;
  • environmental monitoring solutions that are more effective, faster and less expensive, such as the use of bivalves equipped with sensors, or molecular or genetic characterisation techniques;
  • environmental mitigation solutions, including the development of artificial reefs or new materials that encourage the recolonisation of affected habitats.




  • Philippe has written many articles, particularly in the oil and gas field (speeches at SPE, EAGE, World Petroleum Congress, International Oil Spill Conference, etc.) on the topics of organic geochemistry and isotopes, gas shows while drilling, and Health, Safety and Environment.
  • He is the representative for Total on the JIP Arctic Response Technology Executive Committee of the IOGP (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers).

Research & Development

Controlling Water Quality with Bivalve Mollusks

Best Innovators

Efficient Biomonitoring with Bivalve Mollusks