Roland Pellenq is a computational materials scientist with a strong interest in the physics and mechanics of micro- and nanoporous materials and confined fluids. He graduated in 1994 with a PhD in Chemical Physics from Imperial College, London; and is currently Director of Research at CNRS, the French government research agency and a MIT Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Pellenq’s research is dedicated to the development of bottom-up simulation approaches (starting at an atomistic level of description) for a large variety of critical problems in energy and environment, ranging from hydrogen and CH4 storage, CO2 sequestration/fracking, shale gas to the stability of nuclear fuels and fundamentals of cement and concrete research. R. Pellenq is the author or co-author of 160+ papers published in major peer reviewed scientific journals. He was one of the co-founders and lead scientist of the Concrete Sustainability Hub, CSH@MIT, opened in 2009, an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the reduction of the environmental footprint of the cement and concrete industry. He is also principal investigator of the MIT X-Shale project focusing on gas-shale research. He was hired as a MIT Senior Research Scientist in November 2011 and is the head of the CNRS-MIT joint laboratory "Multi-Scale Material Science for Energy and Environment" open in June 2012 and located on the MIT campus.