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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


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


News about Clara Santato

NEWS | June 19, 2023
Launch of the UNESCO Chair in Green and Sustainable Electronics at Polytechnique Montréal | Read
NEWS | May 26, 2021
Compostable electronic devices - courtesy deep sea ink! | Read
NEWS | December 16, 2020
Three Polytechnique professors awarded Canada Research Chairs, in addition to federal and provincial government funding | Read
NEWS | July 5, 2020
Two of Polytechnique’s professors receive $1.65 M in funding to support innovative mentorship program | Read