In 2002, Olivier Lafon graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and he passed the agrégation of physics and chemistry (a highly selective civil service competitive examination to recruit teachers). In 2006, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Paris-South. In 2007, he worked as an ANR Postdoctoral Fellow at French Atomic Energy Center (CEA Saclay). Then, he served as Assistant Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille. He obtained his habilitation à diriger des recherches in 2010. In 2011, he was recruited as Professor at Lille 1 University (University of Lille North of France). Since 2011, he coordinates an ANR research project on high-field DNP. In 2011, he was awarded the Scientific Excellence Award by the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education. His research interests focus on the development of solid-state NMR and high-field DNP for the structural and dynamic characterization of solids. The methods allow gaining unique insights into the structure and the dynamics of noncrystalline, porous, hybrid, and nanometre-scale materials (heterogeneous catalysts, glasses, sensors, etc.).
Biography Updated on 8 March 2012