Mario Leclerc



  • Senior 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, (current)

Killam Research Fellowship, 2014

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

Urgel-Archambault Prize, 2011

Summa-Research Prize, 2009

Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, CSC, 2008

Relevant Publications

Blouin, N. et al. "Towards a Rational Design of Poly(2,7-carbazole) Derivatives
for Solar Cells." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130, no. 2 (January 2008): 732–42.

Chu, T.-Y. et al. "Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Using Thieno[3,2-b:2’,3’- d]silole
Copolymer with a Calibrated Power Conversion Efficiency of 7.3%." J. Am.
Chem. Soc.
133, no. 12 (March 2011): 4250–4253.

Berrouard, P. et al. "Synthesis of 5-Alkyl[3,4- c]thienopyrrole-4,6,- dione-Based
Polymers by Direct (Hetero)arylation." Angew. Chem., Int. Ed 51, no. 9 (February
2012): 2068–2071.

Mercier, L.G., and M. Leclerc. "Direct (Hetero)Arylation: A New Tool for Polymer Chemists." Acc. Chem. Res. 46, no. 7 (June 2013): 1597–1605.

Choi, H. et al. "Small bandgap polymer solar cells with unprecedented short-
circuit current density and high fill factor.” Adv. Mater. 27, no. 21 (June 2015):

Leclerc, M., and R. Gauvin. Functional Materials for Energy, Sustainable
Development and Biomedical Sciences
. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014.

Lemieux, E.J., and M. Leclerc. “Sensing via Conformational Changes of
Conjugated Polythiophenes.” In Conjugated Polyelectrolytes: Fundamentals and
edited by B. Liu and G. C. Bazan, 231–262. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH,

Leclerc, M., and J-F. Morin, eds. Design and Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers.
Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2010.