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Admission Requirements

A Master’s degree (or equivalent as recognized by Université Laval) in Engineering Physics or Physics or Mechanical Engineering a subject closely related to selected graduate work (Chemistry, Biology, etc.).

High Academic Achievement: The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 4.0 out of a possible 4.33.

Proficiency in French/English: Proficiency in either French or English is required.

Courses are offered in French, however:

  • they may be taken in the 2nd year
  • students can answer their written exams in English

Other requirements: Please note that students cannot enter fully the PhD program until the MSc degree has been awarded or all requirements completed.

Program Requirements

Compulsory Courses (9 credits)

  • A minimum of 3 courses chosen within the study program courses list.
  • Courses must be approved by the professor supervising the Ph.D. thesis.

Complementary Course (0 credit)

Doctoral Exam (3 credits)

  • The doctoral exam consists of a written and an oral exam.
  • The exam is normally completed before the end of the 4th semester, but can be extended if needed.

Thesis (84  credits)

Research Areas

  • Physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Photonics

The role of biological membranes is very important in the cell functioning, neural firing, and drug delivery. We are going to explore the possibility of incorporating photo sensitive molecules (such as photo isomerizable molecular species) into the membrane structures and explore the possibility of optical control of their operation.

We are going to build artificial membranes and incorporate into them photo isomerizable molecules. The photo induced isomerization and corresponding change of local order parameter in the molecular orientation of the membrane will be studied. The chemical, thermal and mechanical interaction balance of the membrane will be analyzed with a particular emphasize on the change of its deformation modes. In particular, the mechanical couplings will be characterized at the new nano-mechanics laboratory of Université Laval. The obtained results will be used to control the membrane operation (ionic permeability, deformation, virus penetration, drug release, etc.).

Soutien financier – Bourses au doctorat

Étapes Montant*
Year 1 (semester 3) $5000 
Year 2 (semester 6) $5000 
Year 3 (semester 9) $5000 

* All amounts are in Canadian dollars.



CoSupervisor: Filippo Fabbri (France)

Educational committee: Luca Sorelli (Canada), Mario Fafard (Canada), Denis Rodrigue (Canada), Jacques Peretti (France)