Fiorenzo Vetrone, a chemist and physicist at the INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre, has been named to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in recognition of his key contribution to the field of rare earth elements. The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual active in the arts, social sciences or sciences can receive.
Professor Vetrone is a scientist recognized internationally for his innovative research in the field of rare earth-doped nanoparticles (rare earths are a group of metals in the periodic table). His team studies nanoparticles whose optical properties are very useful for all sorts of applications in biomedicine. These nanoparticles are used to develop new tools for the simultaneous early detection and treatment of diseases such as cancer.
Professor Vetrone’s work has led to a number of important discoveries in understanding the optical properties of nanomaterials, their production and applications, including nanomedicine.
“The discovery of the unknown is what inspires me,” explains Professor Vetrone. “I like conducting fundamental research and especially finding ways to link the laboratory to real-world applications that can contribute to the common good.”
Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences, and The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The RSC. recognizes excellence, advises the government and the larger society, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.