My name is Lucas Frérot. I’m a french researcher working on solid mechanics and in particular contact mechanics (see my research topics).
I studied civil engineering at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where I obtained my master’s degree (2015) with a speciality in structural engineering. I also studied for a year at Carnegie Mellon University during an exchange in my third year of bachelor studies.
After my master’s, I joined the Laboratoire de Simulation en Mécanique des Solides where I started a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Jean-François Molinari and Dr. Guillaume Anciaux. During four years, I worked on rough surface contact mechanics and how adhesive wear works in rough contact interfaces. This work was awarded with the “EPFL Outstanding PhD Thesis Distinction in Civil and Environmental Engineering” (2020) and the “SWICCOMAS Prize” (2021).
Before I graduated in January 2020, I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to work at the Johns Hopkins University starting February 2020. There, I joined Prof. Mark Robbins to work on nano-scale wear of polymers and friction of fatty acid monolayers (in collaboration with Juliette Cayer-Barrioz). After Prof. Robbins’ tragic passing, I joined Prof. Jaafar El-Awady’s group and worked with Prof. Vicky Nguyen to advance on the projects I had with Prof. Robbins.
In November 2021, I started work as a postdoc in the Laboratory for Simulation - IMTEK at Freiburg University, Germany, with Prof. Lars Pastewka. There I worked on elastic properties of zinc-phosphate tribofilms with various degrees of polymerization, developing many-body algorithms for the evaluation of elastic constants. I also worked on the emergence of roughness in rough elastic-plastic indentation.
In September 2023, I started work as a Maître de Conférences at Sorbonne University, in Paris. The lab I joined is the Jean le Rond ∂’Alembert Institute, which conducts research in all areas of mechanics (solids, fluids, acoustics, etc.). I also have teaching duties in the mechanics curriculum of the University (bachelor and master), as well as the engineering school Polytech’ Sorbonne.