The focus of his research is to push the frontiers of solid-state NMR spectroscopy in order to gain unique insights into the structure-property relationships of materials used in the field of bio-economy, energy and health.
His current research interests notably include the development of novel solid-state NMR methods, especially at high magnetic fields, for quadrupolar nuclei or using Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) as well as their application for the characterization of materials, including heterogeneous catalysts, porous materials and energy materials.
Olivier Lafon received B.Sc. in physical chemistry from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. He passed the agrégation in physical sciences. He received MS and PhD from the University of Paris South.
He was awarded the Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry Award for Young Scientists by the Euromar scientific committee. He is the chief science officer for the French network of high-field NMR facilities (IR-RMN) and the coordinator of the project to install a 1.2 GHz NMR spectrometer in Lille. He is also a member of the editorial board of Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.