Jean-Pierre Boeuf received the M.S. degree from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (now called Centrale-Supélec), Gif sur Yvette, France, in 1977, the Ph.D. degree and the Docteur ès Sciences degree in plasma physics from Université de Paris XI, Orsay, France, in 1981 and 1985. After a year as Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University, he joined the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is currently CNRS Senior Scientist (Directeur de Recherche) at the LAboratoire PLAsma et Conversion d’Energie (LAPLACE) on the campus of the University of Toulouse, where is responsible for the research group “Energetics and Nonequilibrium Plasmas”.
He has been involved in basic research for a number of low-temperature plasma applications (plasma display panels, plasma processing, dusty plasmas) and his recent research programs include projects on plasma thrusters for satellite propulsion, plasmas for aerodynamic applications, negative ion source for the ITER neutral beam injection, microwave breakdown and microdischarges and applications, in collaboration with academic and industrial partners.