Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology 2009

Meeting of the Thermophysical Society

Working Group of the Slovak Physical Society

Editor: Oldrich Zmeskal

Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology 2012

ISBN 978-80-214-4599-4 (Proceedings)
Invited Speaker
Christ Glorieux
KU Leuven
Laboratory for Acoustics and Thermal Physics
Celestijnenlaan 200D
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Christ Glorieux, born July 12, 1965, in Kuurne, Belgium, studied physics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven), Belgium, and graduated in 1987 with a thesis on “Investigation of the structure of amorphous silicon by electron spin resonance and electrical conductivity measurements.”
He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1994 on the topic “Depth profiling of inhomogeneous materials and study of the critical behavior of gadolinium by photoacoustic and related techniques,” in the Laboratorium voor Akoestiek en Thermische Fysica (ATF) at the Physics and Astronomy Department of K.U. Leuven.
After working one year as an R&D engineer in an industrial company he continued his research into thermo-elastic properties of soft condensed matter by photoacoustic and photothermal techniques in ATF, with a postdoctoral visit at the Department of Chemistry of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA in 1999 and 2000.
Now he is an Associate Professor at ATF, and is active in research and teaching physics and sounds and waves, general physics, and experimental physics to undergraduate and graduate students.

He is leading a research group of typically 5 to 10 young researchers in the field of photothermal applications and laser ultrasonics for the fundamental study of the thermophysical properties of complex soft and heterogeneous matter, the development of measurement techniques for characterization and depth profiling of thin (sub-micron) layered structures, and non-destructive evaluation (see also Homepage Christ Glorieux).
He is also leading a research division with consulting activities in physical acoustics, room acoustics, building acoustics and environmental acoustics.
In 2009, he organized the 15th International Conference on Photoacoustic and Photothermal Phenomena (ICPPP15).
In September 2012 he had 120 articles published in international peer reviewed journals (h-index 22).

- Thermophysical properties of soft and heterogeneous matter – glass transition and phase transition
- Experimental determination of thermal and elastic properties of very thin layers, multilayers and functional gradient materials
- Study of thermo-elastic phenomena with very high temperature resolution (materials undergoing phase transitions) and till very high frequencies and short time scales (supercooled liquids) by means of photoacoustic and photothermal methods

Determination of the thermal diffusivity of paint and the thickness of a paint layer by photothermal IR thermography.


  • June 30, 2012: Preliminary registration, Abstract correction and paper submission
  • July 31, 2012: Notification of paper acceptance
  • August 31, 2012: Final registration, Conference fee payment
  • October 31 - November 2, 2012: Conference Time