Eva Hemmer
Eva Hemmer
Associate Professor

DRO 118
(613) 562-5800 ext. 1987

Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences


Dr. Hemmer’s research program seeks to develop novel lanthanide-nanophosphors as multifunctional nanocarriers for near-infrared based bioimaging and energy conversion applications. Combining materials science, chemistry, physics and biological aspects, the three main areas of research are (i) the synthesis of lanthanide- nanophosphors with optimized near-infrared and upconversion emission, controlled size, crystalline phase and morphology and application-oriented surface modification, (ii) the implementation of the nanophosphors in biological systems and the assessment of nano-bio-interactions, and (iii) the design of novel optical materials for energy harvesting technologies.

  • Emille M. Rodrigues, Nicholas D. Calvert, Justin C. Corriveau, Nan Liu, Adam J. Shuhendler, Eva Hemmer, Phytoglycogen encapsulation of lanthanide-based nanoparticles as optical imaging platform with therapeutic potential. Small 2022, 18, 2107130.

  • Ilias Halimi, Emille Martinazzo Rodrigues, Steven L. Maurizio, Tina Sun, Manjot Grewal, Emma M. Boase, Nan Liu, Riccardo Marin, Eva Hemmer. Pick your precursor! Tailoring size and crystal phase of microwave-synthesized sub-10 nm upconverting nanoparticles. J. Mater. Chem. C 2019, 7, 15364-15374.
  • Nan Liu, Riccardo Marin, Yacine Mazouzi, Greg O. Cron, Adam Jason Shuhendler, Eva Hemmer. Cubic versus hexagonal - Effect of host crystallinity on the T1 shortening behaviour of NaGdF4 nanoparticles. Nanoscale 2019, 11, 6794-6801.
  • Riccardo Marin, Ilias Halimi, Dylan Errulat, Yacine Mazouzi, Giacomo Lucchini, Adolfo Speghini, Muralee Murugesu, Eva Hemmer. Harnessing the synergy between upconverting nanoparticles and lanthanide complexes in a multi-wavelength responsive hybrid system. ACS Photonics 2019, 6 (2), 434-445.

Research interests

  • Material chemistry
  • Lanthanide-based luminescent nanomaterials
  • Nano-multifunctional transporters
  • Optical properties
  • Relationship between structure and properties
  • Near-infrared bio-imaging
  • Nano-bio interaction
  • Energy conversion applications