Alumni

In Memory of Cécile Hebert, born Belmont

Obituary

Cécile Hebert, born Belmont
PhD student 1991-1994
Laboratory of Physical & Analytical Electrochemistry
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
 
 
Cécile was one of the founding students of the Laboratory of Analytical & Physical Chemistry. Together with Paul Beattie, Murray Osborne and Swee Ngin Tan, Cécile moved in April 1992 to Lausanne from Edinburgh University where she had started her PhD.
Her work, sponsored by Electricité de France, was dedicated to the design of a new type of electrolyser based on interdigitated electrodes. The aim was to study reactions where both, the products of the anode and cathode reactions, led to the formation of the desired compounds. This work was then extended to sea-water electrolysis (a challenge in Switzerland…) in order to generate hypochlorite to keep the cooling systems of power plants free of biological interferences.
She has published four papers and a patent, in particular a seminal paper on the evaluation of ohmic loss.
Cécile is remembered as a bright and determined student, being also a talented judoka. She was also extremely friendly, always ready to help her colleagues. She was also my children’s preferred baby sitter…
Our deepest thoughts and sympathy are with her husband Philippe whom she met in our laboratory and with their two children.
May she rest in peace.
 
1        Coplanar Interdigitated Band Electrodes for Electrosynthesis
          Part 1 : Evaluation of the Ohmic loss
          C. Belmont and H.H. Girault,
          J. Appl. Electrochem., 24 (1994) 475-480.
 
2.       Coplanar Interdigitated Band Electrodes for Electrosynthesis
          Part 2 : Methoxylation of furan
          C. Belmont and H.H. Girault,
          J. Appl. Electrochem., 24 (1994) 719-724
 
3.       Coplanar Interdigitated Band Electrodes for Electrosynthesis
          Part 3 : Epoxidation of propylene
          C. Belmont and H.H. Girault,
          Electrochim. Act., 40 (1995) 2505-2510
 
4.       Coplanar Interdigitated Band Electrodes for Electrosynthesis
          Part 4 : Application to sea water electrolysis
          C. Belmont, R. Ferrigno, O. Leclerc and H.H. Girault,
          Electrochim. Act., 44 (1998) 597-603
 
5.      C. Belmont, R. Ferrigno, O. Leclerc et H.H. Girault
         Electricité de France
         Cellules de chlorination à électrodes interdigitées.
         French Patent Application 9514926
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