Professeur Mario Leclerc



Prof. Mario Leclerc
Canada Research Chair on Electroactive and Photoactive Polymers


Mario Leclerc was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry (under the supervision of Prof. R. E. Prud’homme) from Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, in 1987.

After a short stay at INRS-Énergie et Matériaux (with Prof. L. H. Dao) near Montreal, he joined the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, as a postdoctoral fellow in the research group of Prof. Dr. G. Wegner.

In 1989 he accepted a position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Université de Montréal. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and to full Professor in 1998. That same year he moved to Université Laval to join the Centre de Recherche en Sciences et Ingénierie des Macromolécules (CERSIM). He is the currently the recipient of a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Polymer Science. He is author or coauthor of more than 250 scientific publications and 10 book chapters and has 10 patents.

His current research activities include the development of novel polythiophenes, polyfluorenes, polycarbazoles, poly(thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) and also on the development of a new polymerization method called Direct Heteroarylation for applications in the areas of nanoelectronics, electrooptics, photonics, combinatorial chemistry, and genomic.

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Business Address

Université Laval
Department of chemistry, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, Room 2240-C
1045, Avenue de la médecine, Québec (Québec), G1V 0A6  CANADA

P : 418-656-3452   |   F : 418-656-7916   |   E :
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Academic background

B.Sc. Chemistry Université Laval 1983
Ph.D. Chemistry Université Laval 1987
Postdoc INRS-Énergie et Matériaux 1987-1988
Postdoc Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research 1988-1989
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Academic and Research Experience

Assistant Professor Université de Montréal 1989-1994
Invited Professor Université de Paris-XIII 1992
Associated Professor   Université de Montréal 1994-1998
Invited Professor University of Durham 1996
Full Professor Université de Montréal 1998
Full Professor Université Laval 1998-
Holder of the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)
electroactive and photoactive polymers
Invited Professor Université de Paris-XIII 2001
Invited Professor Université de Paris-VI 2003
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Research Achievements

More than 250 publications in peer reviewed journals
Cited over 23 000 times; H-index of 75
10 Invited book chapters
10 Awarded or filed patents
150 Invited lectures at prestigious institutions and meetings
Training of more than 50 graduate students
Invited Professor at the Université de Paris-XIII and Paris-VI
Invited Professor at the University of Durham

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Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award 2008, Canada.

Killam Research Fellowship 2014, Canada.

I am currently supervising 10 graduate students, 4 undergraduated students, 1 post-doc and 2 research associates; More than 50 students have already graduated from my laboratory.  All of them have obtained a position in relation with their formation at the end of their studies.

Member of the International Advisory Board of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, and Advanced Functional Materials (Wiley-VCH).

Reviewer for: Proceeding of the National Academy of Science (USA), Nature Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society; Macromolecules; Chemistry of Materials; Advanced Materials; Advanced Functional Materials, Physical Review Letters; Journal of Organic Chemistry; Organic Letters; Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics; Macromolecular Rapid Communications; Journal of Physical Chemistry; Journal of Materials Chemistry; Thin Solid Films.
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