Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay

Laboratoire de RMN en milieu orienté - LRMN

Nicolas Giraud
Associate Professor (HDR)
Elected President of the French Group
for the Study of Magnetic Resonance
Nicolas Giraud


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Born in 1977, Dr. Nicolas Giraud graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France), obtaining his BSc in Chemistry in 1999. His early interest for nuclear magnetic resonance stemmed from his internship completed in 2000 in the group of Prof. Horst Kessler in Munich (Germany), on the structural analysis of synthetic peptides. He completed a PhD on biological NMR at Université Claude Bernard (Lyon) in 2005, where he has developed theoretical and experimental methods for analyzing structural and dynamic features of proteins by solid-state NMR, in the groups of Prof. Lyndon Emsley, Dr. Martin Blackledge, and Dr. François Penin. In 2006, he moved to the University Paris Sud (Orsay) where he was appointed Associate Professor in the group of Jacques Courtieu, working on the development of high-resolution NMR techniques and their application to the study of challenging systems. His research as well as teaching interests include many aspects of physical and analytical chemistry, with particular emphasis on the analysis of enantiomeric mixtures dissolved in chiral liquid crystalline solvents, as well as the understanding of the physical chemical properties of molecular scaffolds of chemical and biological interest. He is currently the coordinator of the analytical chemistry teaching unit at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie d'Orsay. He is the president of the executive board of the GERM (French Group for the Study of Magnetic Resonance), and a member of the organizing committee of the Alpine Conference on Solid-State NMR.

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Oct. 2006 Associate Professor in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Université Paris-Sud 11
2005-2006 Agrégé préparateur, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
  • Research activity: solid-state NMR of proteins, in the group directed by Prof. Lyndon Emsley
  • Teachings: preparation of graduate students for the Agregation in chemistry (french highest teaching qualification exam)
2002-2005 Ph.D. in Biological NMR, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
1998-2002 BSc. and Master in Science degrees (speciality: physical chemistry), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Last Publications

Denis-Quanquin, S., Riobé, F., Delsuc, M.A., Maury, O. & Giraud, N.*
Paramagnetic DOSY: an Accurate Tool for the Analysis of the Supramolecular Interactions between Lanthanide Complexes and Proteins
Chemistry - A European Journal, in Press (2016)

Plainchont, B., Farjon, J., & Giraud, N.*
Magnetic Field Dependence of Spatial Frequency Encoding NMR
Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance (eMagRes), Vol 5: 1377–1382 (2016)

Plainchont, B., Pitoux, D., Hamdoun, G., Ouvrard, J.M., Merlet, D., Farjon, J., & Giraud, N.*
Achieving High Resolution And Optimizing Sensitivity In Spatially Frequency Encoding NMR Spectroscopy: From Theory To Practice
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18: 22827 - 22839 (2016)



(past and present)

Pr. D. Bonnaffé
Université Paris Sud

Dr. O. Maury
Laboratoire de Chimie - UMR CNRS 5182
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Pr. G. Tcherkez
Institut de Biologie des Plantes - UMR CNRS 8618
Université Paris Sud

Pr. Fathi Moussa
Laboratoire d'étude des Techniques et Instruments d'Analyse Moléculaire
Institut Universitaire de Technologie d'Orsay
Université Paris Sud

Prof. L. Emsley, Dr. A. Lesage, Dr. G. Pintacuda
Université de Lyon | CNRS - ENS-Lyon - UCB Lyon 1
Centre de RMN à Très Hauts Champs - Villeurbanne

Dr. M. Blackledge
Institut de Biologie Structurale - Jean-Pierre Ebel

Dr. A. Böckmann
Institut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines
UMR CNRS 5086 - Lyon


Lectures, tutorials and practical works, mainly in the field of analytical chemistry:

  • Molecular and Atomic Spectroscopies

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Infrared Spectroscopies

Other Activities