Dr. Christophe Goze-Bac
BioNanoNMRI group, University of Montpellier (Montpellier Cedex, France)
I am working on the development of NMR spectroscopy, relaxometry and imaging at the Laboratoire Charles Coulomb and leading the BioNanoNMRI user facility of the University of Montpellier, which is a multimodal imaging platform dedicated to living systems: animals and plants. The goal is to develop the instrumentation, the methodology and to conduct experiments in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to improve the sensitivity of the technique for a better understanding of the physical, chemical and biological mechanisms in materials and living systems. Historically, we have been using NMR spectroscopy and relaxometry to study the electronic, magnetic, mechanical and structural properties of novel nanostructured materials. Since 2010, the strategy we implement is multidisciplinary and creates a synergy between well established groups of physicists, electronicians, biologists, plant physiologists and physicians to explore new topics in living sciences. Hence, great efforts have been made to develop imaging modalities, mainly NMR / MRI but also multi-photonics, X-ray tomography and Positron Emission Tomography / Computed Tomography ... on the campus of Montpellier. Some innovative applications have been already demonstrated both in agronomy and in biology and health at the BioNanoNMRI center and it creates definitely a favorable environment for new projects.