Mario Leclerc was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry from Université Laval (1987) under the guidance of Prof. R.E. Prud’homme. After a short post-doctoral stay at INRS-Énergie et Matériaux near Montreal with Prof. L.H. Dao, he joined the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, in Mainz, Germany, as a post-doctoral fellow in the research group of Prof. G. Wegner. In 1989, he accepted a position of Professor in the department of chemistry at the Université de Montréal. He returned to Université Laval in 1998. Since 2001, he has held a Canada Research Chair on Electroactive and Photoactive Polymers. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 publications which have already received more than 43 000 citations (h-index of 100, according to Google Scholar). During his career, he received many awards; including the Macromolecular Science and Engineering 2008 award, the Urgel-Archambault prize (2011), a Killam Fellowship (2014-2016), the Marie-Victorin Prize from the Government of Quebec (2016). He is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2017-) and according to Web of Science, he is considered to be among the most influential scientists in the world. His current research activities include the development of new building blocks and polymerization methods (e.g. direct heteroarylation) for applications in plastic electronics.
Mario Leclerc is the Scientific Director of GreEN and his research team is working on the development of new conducting inks based on self-doped conjugated polymers.
Keywords: Conjugated polymers, Green polymerization method, Printed organic electronics, Solar cells, Transistors; Organic conductors and semiconductors.
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