Michel Figlarz was granted the Doctorat es Sciences by the Sorbonne University of Paris in 1966.
He was a full time Professor at the University of Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens from 1968, year in which he created the Laboratoire de Chimie des Solides Pulvérulents which was then renamed Laboratoire de Réactivité et de Chimie des Solides (LRCS). He was the director of this laboratory until 1994.
He is well known for his research on transition metal hydroxides, new oxides in the WO3-MoO3 system related to soft chemistry and preparation of homo-disperse metal powders by the polyol process (Patent). Professor Figlarz has taken an active part in developing soft chemistry at an international level. He was also very much involved in the development of active materials for Ni-Cd and lead acid batteries.