Mario Leclerc



  • Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy


  • Université Laval
Department of Chemistry


  • Canada


PhD (Chemistry), Université Laval
BSc (Chemistry), Université Laval


Materials scientist Mario Leclerc holds 10 patents and is the author or co-author of more than 250 scientific publications and 10 book chapters.

At Université Laval, he works in the Centre de recherche en sciences et ingénierie des
macromolécules (CERSIM). His current research activities include the development of novel polythiophenes, polyfluorenes, polycarbazoles and poly(thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole- 4,6-dione)s, as well the development of ‘direct eteroarylation,’ which is a new polymerization method for application in nanoelectronics, electrooptics, photonics and genomics.


Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Polymer Science, 2019

Thomson Reuters List of the Most Influential Chemists, 2014, 2015, and 2018

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2017

Marie-Victorin Prize, 2016

Killam Research Fellowship, 2014

Relevant Publications

Yuan, J., Zhang, Y., Zhou, L.,… Leclerc, M., et al. (2019). Single-junction organic solar cell with over 15% efficiency using fused-ring acceptor with electron-deficient core. Joule, 3(4), 1140-51. Doi:

Choi, H., Ko, S.J., Kim, T., Morin, P.O.,… Leclerc, M., et al. (2015). Small bandgap polymer solar cells with unprecedented short-circuit current density and high fill factor. Advanced Materials, 27(21), 3318–3324. DOI:

Mercier, L.G., & Leclerc, M. (2013). Direct (Hetero)Arylation: A New Tool for Polymer Chemists. Accounts of Chemical Research, 46(7), 1597–1605. DOI:

Chu, T.Y., Lu, J., Beaupré, S., Zhang, Y.,… Leclerc, M., et al. (2011). Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Using Thieno[3,2-b:2’,3’- d]silole Copolymer with a Calibrated Power Conversion Efficiency of 7.3%. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133(12), 4250–4253. DOI:

Blouin, N., Michaud, A., Gendron, D., Wakim, S.,…Leclerc, M. (2008). Towards a Rational Design of Poly(2,7-carbazole) Derivatives for Solar Cells. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130(2), 732–42. DOI: