Pierre Lucas received a PhD in physical chemistry from Arizona State
University, Tempe in 1999. He is currently a professor in the department of materials science and engineering at the University of Arizona and co-director of the CNRS International Associated Laboratory for Materials and Optics (LIA-MATEO).
His research focuses on the fundamentals and applications of infrared
glasses including their structure, photosensitivity and the development
of novel optical sensors.
The fundamental aspect of his research involves
the structure and topology of chalcogenide network glasses in relation to their average coordination as well as the mechanism of photoinduced structural change under sub-bandgap irradiation such as photofluidity, photoexpansion and photodarkening.
Applied aspects of his work have focused on the design and fabrication of infrared optical bio-sensors based on chalcogenide fibers and other optical elements such as conducting ATR crystals. These sensors have been applied to the capture and detection of
bacteria or viruses as well as monitoring of live cell cultures.
Lucas is very active in international education and has led the
development of an international dual PhD degree between University of
Arizona and University of Rennes in France, which allows students to
alternate course and research work between the two institutions and
earn a double PhD degree.