Georgia Tech-COPE Distinguished Lecture Series - Mario Leclerc

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    • Friday March 13, 2015
      4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Summary Sentence: Professor Mario Leclerc from Université Laval (Québec City, Canada) visits Georgia Tech as part of the Georgia Tech-COPE Distinguished Lecture Series

Full Summary: Professor Mario Leclerc from Université Laval (Québec City, Canada) visits Georgia Tech as part of the Georgia Tech-COPE Distinguished Lecture Series. 

New Polymerization Methods for Plastic Electronics

Conjugated polymers have received a lot of attention since they combine the best features of metals or semiconductors with those of synthetic polymers. For instance, solar cells based on poly(2,7-carbazole) and poly(thienopyrroledione) derivatives have revealed power conversion efficiencies up to 8-9 %. This class of materials could lead to printable and flexible photovoltaic devices as well as other plastic electronic devices. Along these lines, we will describe novel synthetic methodologies for a simple and “green” preparation of such well-defined conjugated polymers. These new synthetic methods are based on direct (herero)arylation reactions that allow the formation of carbon-carbon bonds between heteroarenes and aryl halides. They do not require organometallic intermediates thereby significantly reducing both synthetic steps, metallic by-products, and cost. They even make possible the synthesis of conjugated polymers that were unknown up to now. 

About Mario Leclerc

Mario Leclerc was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry from Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, in 1987, under the guidance of Prof. R.E. Prud’homme. After a short post-doctoral stay at INRS-Energie et Matériaux near Montréal with professor 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. Dr. G. Wegner. In 1989, he accepted a position of professor at the department of chemistry of Université de Montréal. He returned to Université Laval in 1998 where has held since 2001 the Canada Research Chair for Electroactive and Photoactive Polymers. He has co-authored about 250 papers published in leading scientific journals which have been cited more than 20 000 times (h-index of 72). His current research activities include the synthesis and characterization of new oligomers and polymers for applications in micro-electronics, energy, sensors, and genomics.

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