Benoît H. Lessard was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at University of Ottawa, in May 2015. Since then he has been awarded the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials and Organic Electronics, the 2015 Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry and the 2018 Ontario Early Researcher Award. Prof. Lessard was also awarded one of the 2017 Emerging Leaders of Chemical Engineering Plenary Presentation at Canadian Chemical Engineering Society, 67th Annual Conference (Edmonton, AB).
Prof. Lessard’s research focuses on the development of novel materials and their integration into organic electronic devices. He has attracted over $3M in research grants with a significant portion being research contracts agreements to work with Canadian industry. Prior to joining uOttawa, Prof. Lessard completed an NSERC Banting Fellowship at the University of Toronto studying crystal engineering and OPV/OLED fabrication. Since 2008, Prof. Lessard has published 56 peer review journal articles, 8 patent applications, 1 book chapter and presented his work at over 60 international and national conferences.
Keywords: Polymer Synthesis, Device Integration, Thin Film Transistor, Organic Photovoltaic, Thermal Evaporation, Solution Processed, Sensors, Device Stability.