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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


Recent publications
Journal article
Lan, T., Belanger, F., Soavi, F. & Santato, C. (2019). Ambient-stable, ion-gated poly[N-9- heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4,7-di-2-thienyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT) transistors and phototransistors. Organic Electronics: physics, materials, applications, 74, 265-268. Retrieved from
Journal article
Xu, R., Santato, C. & Soavi, F. (2019). An electrochemical study on the effect of metal chelation and reactove oxygen species on a synthetic neuromelanin model. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 7, 11 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Di Mauro, E., Camaggi, M., Vandooren, N., Bayard, C., De Angelis, J., Pezzella, A., Baloukas, B., Silverwood, R., Ajji, A., Pellerin, C. & Santato, C. (2019). Eumelanin for nature-inspired UV-absorption enhancement of plastics. Polymer International, 68(5), 984-991. Retrieved from
Journal article
Poli, F., Spina, G., Terella, A., Mashkour, Focarete, M.L., Fabiani, D., Santato, C., Momodu, D., Manyala, N. & Soavi, F. (2019). Green materials for sustainable supercapacitors. ECS Meetings Abstracts. Retrieved from


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).


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

Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Ph.D. Thesis (7)

    • Di Mauro, E. (2019). The Biopigment Eumelanin in the Sustainability Challenge: Interfaces With Metal Electrodes, UV-Absorption Enhancement of Plastics and its Biodegradability (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Meng, X. (2017). Electrolyte-gated tungsten oxide transistors: Fabrication, working mechanism, device performance (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • 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
    • Kumar, P. (2016). Conducting polymers and natural molecular materials for bioelectronics and energy storage (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • Master's Thesis (8)

    • George, B. (2019). Patterned Porous Carbon for Electrospray Ion Thrusters (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Lemieux, J. (2019). Propriétés de transfert de charge des tannins pour des applications en stockage d'énergie (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Boisvert, D. (2018). Self Assembly and Polymerization of Melanin Building Blocks for Sustainable Electronics (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Quenneville, F. (2016). Utilisation des gels ioniques pour l'étude de nanostructures semi-conductrices (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Venne, F. (2015). Towards Near-Infrared Photosensitization of Tungsten Trioxide Nanostructured Films by Upconverting Nanoparticles (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • 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
    • Mahvash Mohammadi, F. (2012). Carbon Nanotube Array Electrodes for Organic Thin Film Transistors (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Bertolazzi, S. (2010). Organic Gate Dielectrics for Tetracene Field Effect Transistors (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from