Eva Hemmer is an Assistant Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. She received her PhD (2008) in materials science from Saarland University (Germany) under the mentorship of Prof. Sanjay Mathur. During her graduate studies she focused on single-source-precursors and their application in the bottom-up synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials. This experience was further deepened during her postdoctoral studies when she worked on rare-earth-based nanoparticles for near-infrared bioimaging with Prof. Kohei Soga (Tokyo University of Science, Japan, 2009-2012). In 2013 she was awarded a Feodor Lynen Research Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to work in the groups of Profs. Fiorenzo Vetrone and Francois Légaré at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS-EMT, Université du Québec, Canada, 2012-2015) to develop rare-earth-based optical nanothermometers. In winter 2016 Dr. Hemmer came to Ottawa; since then her research focuses on new designs of rare-earth-based nanoparticles for bioimaging, optoelectronic and optomagnetic applications, accompanied by chemically controlled synthesis, surface chemistry, and understanding of structure-property relationships.
Hemmer has published 35 peer-reviewed journal articles in well-recognized materials and chemistry journals and has delivered more than 80 conference presentations, many of these at AcerS meetings. She received the 2014 Global Young Investigator Award of the ACerS (ECD), and her commitment to higher-level education and to the broader materials community – for instance as active member of the ACerS or as Chair of the Student Engagement Sub-Committee of the MRS – was recognized with the AcerS‘ Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award.