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Fiorenzo Vetrone (left) and Chris Boyer show off an argon ion laser. Here, they are using it to pound nanoparticles that have been suspended in a solution with blue light in order to observe their luminescent properties.

Photo by andrew dobrowolskyj

Tiny particles, big impact

Talk about great chemistry. Through their work together, two Concordia PhD students have each received a two-year $80,000 postdoctoral fellowship from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. As doctoral students in the Department of Chemistry, Chris Boyer and Fiorenzo Vetrone studied luminescent nanoparticles: Tiny entities less than one millionth of a millimetre in size that emit higher-energy visible or ultraviolet light when exposed to infrared light. “The study of luminescent nanoparticles is only about a decade old. Chris and I were actually the first in the world to show this upconversion process in these new...



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Doctoral remissions introduced this fall

As of next September, Concordia will offer tuition remissions to the best and brightest PhD applicants. “This is an incentive to bring in high-calibre graduate students,” said Danielle Morin, Vice-Provost (Academic Programs). The announcement was made through the Provost’s office at the April 12 Board of Governors meeting. Starting in the 2006-07 academic year, 100 PhD candidates will receive a full tuition remission over 12 terms. The remissions will be allocated by the faculties based on the proportion of PhD candidates they currently have. As a result, Morin said, Engineering and Computer Science and Arts and Science would receive a...




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