Gérard Cote is emeritus professor at Chimie ParisTech- PSL since 2019. Among other responsibilities, he was director of the ParisTech Urban Mining chair program (sponsored by ecosystem) [2014-2017] and deputy-director of the ParisTech Nuclear Engineering chair program (sponsored by AREVA) [2010-2017]. He was a member of the National Universities Council (CNU – section 62) between 2015 and 2019. He is Commander in the Order of the Academic Palms.
After completing his MSc in physics and chemistry at ESPCI Paris in 1976 and his PhD in chemistry at Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris 6) in 1980, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London in 1982. From 1976 to 1997, he worked as a researcher at the CNRS, where he was appointed Director of research in 1992. In 1997, he joined Chimie ParisTech as a full professor where he created a post-graduate specialisation in Chemistry of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle in 1998. This specialisation became the Fuel Cycle major for the Masters degree in Nuclear Energy in 2009 (Université Paris Saclay). Between 2005 and 2009, he was deputy director of Chimie ParisTech in charge of academic affairs.
He is author or co-author of approximately 200 peer-reviewed articles (including approximately 150 in journals) mostly in the field of hydrometallurgy, 7 patents with extensions and 170 conference speeches and poster presentations (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6323-9487). Moreover, he has supervised or co-supervised 38 doctoral theses.
He is a member of the I2EN Committee of Experts since March 2014 (Chairman of the committee between 2014 and 2019).