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A matter of time

Is the air polluted? Let's clean it up. Is energy too black? Let's make it green. When you look at it that way, research is like a childhood dream. And at the end of the day, why not?

Marianne's motto? "Yallah!" Translation: Moving forward! Let's go!

There are some people for whom nothing is impossible. When they have an idea in their head, they quite simply see it through. Marianne is one of those die-hard optimists. Self-confident, she moves forward. What's the use of getting stressed, anxious, over-excited? She knows where she's going, what she wants, and will do what it takes to get there.

Marianne received her Masters 1 in Food Chemistry. For her Masters 2, she enrolled at Paris V Pierre and Marie Curie University and chose the Spectroscopic Methods module. She is passionate about spectroscopic techniques, capable of probing matter and extracting information about the structure of the molecules that make it up. Marianne continued her studies to PhD, at her own pace "easy does it" as she says, with a hint of a Provençal accent. Although she had always thought she'd go for the "cushy" option and stay in her native Provence, she moved to Frankfurt to carry out and write her thesis, in English if you please, in one of the most renowned laboratories in her specialism. Her love of learning, curiosity and challenge conquered her home-loving inclinations!

At work!

Together with her PhD, Marianne returned to the sunshine of Marseilles. She then took a one-year replacement as head of a mass spectrometry research platform for medical research into infectious diseases.

In 2007, an opportunity to join GDF as head of mass spectrometry gas analysis came up. The young researcher seized the bull by the horns. "I knew that in such a rapidly changing group, I would be able to learn and one day I could apply my dual bio-chemistry expertise to develop solutions and technologies in harmony with the environment and health." She joined CRIGEN (ENGIE’s Centre for Research and Innovation into Gas and New Energies), based in Saint-Denis on the outskirts of Paris. It was the start of a great adventure.

Putting the natural into natural gas

After learning the workings of the company, through gas analysis and quality control projects, Marianne managed to become involved in projects related to the management of health and environmental impacts. She develops alternatives to the use of chemicals and tests new technologies for removing pollution. She seeks every way possible to promote green chemistry, biotechnology and bio-mimicry within her projects. She develops and deploys an innovative green alternative to chemical treatment of process water, and carries out pilot laboratory tests on a method of enhancing CO2 by micro-algae cultivation therefore reducing the carbon footprint. She files patents, sets up projects with startups, young SMEs or academic laboratories and was nominated for ENGIE's Innovation Trophy. She is concerned about air pollution and so, with a team and via a request from an ENGIE subsidiary, she is designing a unique construction system and will support the project though to its development. And she therefore finds herself at the heart of major urban and industrial challenges: smart cities, new technologies, control of air and water quality. However, she still keeps one foot in analytical chemistry and with a team, develops protocols for characterising new energy gases (biogas, biomethane) and effluents using a technique that has not been used until now in the gas energy sector.

Aware that economic aspects are fundamental to implementing her solutions, she has educated herself in intrapreneurship and gained an understanding of commercial aspects, creativity and new business models. "I want us to work more closely with Nature. GDF, GDF SUEZ, ENGIE has always done this because Natural Gas is natural. So, let's carry on learning from nature and using, copying, and preserving our rich environment!" She sees her future in a Group innovation strategy role, researching ambitious projects in (bio)technology and building new services, even new talent. We can trust her to achieve this goal.

"Nothing is done in two days and nothing is done alone. Without a desire and without perseverance, everything falls apart. And this is even more true when you're a researcher.”

À la rencontre de Marianne Gallardo, Responsable de projets chez ENGIE