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Clara Santato
M.Sc. Università di Bologna, Ph.D. Université de Genève

Phone: (514) 340-4711 Ext. 2586 Fax: (514) 340-3218 Room: J-3080
Mob.: (514) 578-8946

Research interests and affiliations

Research interests

Sustainable electronics (organic batteries and electronic devices) Electrical and optical properties of organic semiconductors - Organic Electronics (light emitting devices and photovoltaic cells) Nanostructured photocatalysts - Photoelectrochemistry (Hydrogen production)

  • Thin films
  • Semiconductors
  • Bio-sourced electroactive materials
  • Charge carrier transport
  • Electroluminescence
  • Organic Electronics
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Solar energy conversion
  • Metal - semiconductor interfaces
  • Electrochemistry
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 3302 Electronic properties of solids
  • 3303 Surfaces, interfaces and thin films
  • 3304 Semiconductors

Publications

Recent publications
Journal article
Lan, T., Soavi, F., Marcaccio, M., Brunner, P.-L., Sayago, J. & Santato, C. (2018). Electrolyte-gated transistors based on phenyl-C-61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) films: bridging redox properties, charge carrier transport and device performance. Chemical Communications, 54(43), 5490-5493. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1039/c8cc03090a
Journal article
Barbosa, M., M. B. Oliveira, F., Meng, X., Soavi, F., Santato, C. & Orlandi, M.O. (2018). Tungsten oxide ion gel-gated transistors: how structural and electrochemical properties affect the doping mechanism. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 6(8), 1980-1987. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1039/C7TC04529H
Journal article
Xu, R., Prontera, C.T., Di Mauro, E., Pezzella, A., Soavi, F. & Santato, C. (2017). An electrochemical study of natural and chemically controlled eumelanin. APL Materials, 5(12). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5000161
Journal article
Bayatpour, S., Isik, D. & Santato, C. (2017). Films of Transition Metal Complexes Including Ionic Liquids: Dramatic Effects of Processing Parameters and Substrate on the Film Morphology. Journal of Electronic Materials, 47(1), 402-408. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1007/s11664-017-5780-6

Biography

Clara Santato is Full Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at Polytechnique Montréal. She earned her PhD degree in chemistry ("Preparation and Characterization of Nanostructured WO3 Films as Photoanodes in Photoelectrochemical Devices") in 2001 from the Université de Genève and her MSc degree ("Electropolymerization and Photopolymerization of a Pyrrole-Substituted Ruthenium tris (bipyridyl) Complex") in chemistry in 1995 from Università degli Studi di Bologna. The experimental work was carried out in collaboration with Université J. Fourier. She was a (permanent) research scientist at the Institute for Nanostructured Materials, part of the Italian National Research Council, from 2001 to 2011, and a visiting scientist (2007–2010) at Cornell University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Malliaras Laboratory for Organic Electronics). In 2006, she was a visiting scientist with a cross-appointment between the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique and McGill University (Chemistry), and in 2005, at Purdue University (Chemistry).

Santato's research focuses on semiconducting films and their interfaces with metal electrodes and electrolytes, for applications in transistors and energy conversion/storage, and has been recently recognized by her elevation to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) senior membership. With her group, she recently expanded her research interests to green electronic and energy-storage devices. 

Santato is a member of the UNESCO MATECSS (Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage) Chair. She serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Power Sources (Elsevier).

Teaching

  • PHS1104 Thermodynamique et transfert de chaleur
  • PHS1103 Physique atomique et moléculaire 
  • PHS6317 Nanoingénierie des couches minces

Supervision at Polytechnique

COMPLETED

  • Ph.D. Thesis (6)

    • Meng, X. (2017). Electrolyte-gated tungsten oxide transistors: Fabrication, working mechanism, device performance (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2820/
    • Zhang, S. (2017). Processing and patterning of conducting polymer films for flexible, stretchable and healable electronics (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2812/
    • Kumar, P. (2016). Conducting polymers and natural molecular materials for bioelectronics and energy storage (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2389/
    • Sayago Hoyos, J.J. (2015). Organic Transistors Making Use of Room Temperature Ionic Liquids as Gating Medium (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1910/
    • Wuensche, J. (2014). Eumelanin films for organic bioelectronics: Growth, charge transport, and interaction with metal electrodes (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1467
    • Isik, D. (2013). Solution Processable Semiconductor Thin Films: Correlation Between Morphological, Structural, Optical and Charge Transport Properties (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1139
  • Master's Thesis (6)

    • Boisvert, D. (2018). Self Assembly and Polymerization of Melanin Building Blocks for Sustainable Electronics (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3198/
    • Quenneville, F. (2016). Utilisation des gels ioniques pour l'étude de nanostructures semi-conductrices (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2269/
    • Venne, F. (2015). Towards Near-Infrared Photosensitization of Tungsten Trioxide Nanostructured Films by Upconverting Nanoparticles (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1870/
    • Bayatpour, S. (2014). Blending Ionic Liquids to Ir Complexes for Applications in Light-Emitting Electrochemical Cells (LEECs) (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1387
    • Mahvash Mohammadi, F. (2012). Carbon Nanotube Array Electrodes for Organic Thin Film Transistors (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/791
    • Bertolazzi, S. (2010). Organic Gate Dielectrics for Tetracene Field Effect Transistors (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/478