Nicolas Blouin

Serge Beaupré, Ph.D.


New materials for organic electronics.

NSERC Green Electronics Network Manager

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Business Address

Université Laval, Department of Chemistry, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon,
1045, avenue de la médecine, Bureau 2256, Québec, Qc, Canada G1V 0A6

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Postdoctoral Fellow Université Laval 2004-2009
Ph.D. Chemistry Université Laval 2000-2004
M. Sc. Chemistry Université Laval 1997-1999
B. Sc. Chemistry Université de Montréal 1994-1997

Bilingual: French (native language) and English (fluent).

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Scholarship And Awards

1st Prize - Recipient of Prix d'Excellence des Professionnels et Professionnelles de Recherche - Fonds Nature et Technologie - Fonds de Recherche du Québec, June 2023

1st Prize - Poster session at CIC meeting, Calgary, May 2000
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62. M. Leclerc, S. Brassard, S. Beaupré, '' Direct (Hetero)Arylation Polymerization: Toward Defect-Free Conjugated Polymers'', Polym. J., 2020, 52, 13-20.

61. J. Yuan, Y. Zhang, L. Zhou, C. Zhang, T.-K. Lau, G. Zhang, X. Lu, H.-L. Yip, S. K. So, S. Beaupré, M. Mainville, P. A. Johnson, M. Leclerc, H. Chen, H. Peng, Y. Li, Y. Zou, '' Fused benzothiadiazole: a building block for n-type organic acceptor to achieve high performance organic solar cells'', Adv. Mater., 2019, 1807577.

60.T. Bura, S. Beaupré, O. A. Ibraikulov, M.-A. Légaré, N. Leclerc, M. Leclerc, ''Theoretical Calculation for Highly Selective Direct Heteroarylation Polymerization: New Nitrile-Substituted Dithienyl-Diketopyrrolopyrrole-Based Polymers, Molecules, 2018, 23, 2324.

59. T. Bura, S. Beaupré, O. A. Ibraikulov, M.-A. Légaré, J. Quinn, P. Lévêque, T. Heiser, Y. Li, N. Leclerc, M. Leclerc, ''New fluorinated dithienyl-diketopyrrolopyrrole monomers and polymers for organic electronics'', Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 7080-7090.

58. C. Roy, T. Bura, S. Beaupré, M.-A. Légaré, J.-P. Sun, I. G. Hill, M. Leclerc, ''Fluorinated Thiophene-Based Synthons: Polymerization of 1,4-dialkoxybenzene and Fluoro-Dithieno-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole by Direct Heteroarylation'', Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 4658-4667.

57. J.-P. Sun, J. T. Blaskovits, T. Bura, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, I. G. Hill, ''Photovoltaic Device Performance of Highly Regioregular Fluorinated Poly(3-hexylthiophene), Org. Electron., 2017, 50, 115-120.

56. S. Beaupré, S. Shaker-Sepasgozar, A. Najari, M. Leclerc, ''Terpolymers Based on Benzodithiophene, Thiadiazole[3,4-e]isoindole-5,7-dione and Thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione for Efficient Polymer Solar Cells'', J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 6638-6645.

55. T. Bura, S. Beaupré, M.-A. Légaré, J. Quinn, E. Rochette, J. T. Blaskovits, F.-G. Fontaine, A. Pron, Y. Li, M. Leclerc, ''Direct Heteroarylation Polymerization: Guidelines for Defect-Free Conjugated Polymers'', Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 3913-3925.

54. J. T. Blaskovits, T. Bura, S. Beaupré, S. Lopez, C. Roy, J. De Goes Soares, A. Oh, J. Quinn, Y. Li, A. Aspuru-Guzik, M. Leclerc, ''A Study of the Degree of Fluorination in Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene)'', Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 162-174.

53. J.-R. Pouliot, F. Grenier, T. Blaskovits, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, ''Direct (Hetero)arylation Polymerization: Simplicity for Conjugated Polymers Synthesis'', Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 14225-14274.

52. H. Yan, J. G. Manion, G. R. McKeown, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, D. S. Seferos, '' Increasing Solar Cell Fill Factor by Doping Donor Polymers at Parts Per Thousand Concentration'', Adv. Mater., 2016, 28, 6491-6496.

51. A. Najari, S. Beaupré, N. Allard, M. Ouattara, J.-R. Pouliot, P. Charest, S. Besner, M. Simoneau, M. Leclerc, ''Thieno, Furo and Selenopheno[`3,4-c]-pyrrole-4,6-dione Copolymers: Air-processed Polymer Solar Cells with Power Conversion Efficiency up to 7.1%'',Adv. Energy Mater., 2015, 5, 1501213.

50. E. Aluicio-Sarduy, R.  Singh, Z. Kan, T. Ye, A. Baidak,  A. Calloni,  G. Berti, L. Duo, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, A. Losifidis, H.-J. Butt, G. Floudas, P. Keivanidis, ''Elucidating the impact of molecular packing and device architecture on the performance of nanostructured perylene diimide solar cells",ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7, 8687-8698.

49. J. Niklas, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, T. Xu, L. Yu, V. Dyakonov, A. Sperlich, O. Poluektov, ''Photoinduced Dynamics of Charge Separation: from Photosynthesis to Polymer-Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunctions'',J. Phys. Chem. B, 2015, 119, 7407-7416

48. A. Tournebize, A. Rivaton, J.-L Gardette, C. Taviot-Gueho, D. Bégué, M. A. Arnaud, C. Dragon-Lartigau, H. Medlej, R. C. Hiorns, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, ''Is There a Photostable Conjugated Polymer for Efficient Solar Cells'', Polym. Degrad. Stab., 2015, 112, 175-184.

47. A. Tournebize, A. Rivaton, J.-L. Gardette, C. Lombard, B. Pépin-Donat, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc,'' How Photoinduced Crosslinking under Operating Conditions Can Reduce PCDTBT-based Solar Cell Efficiency and then Stabilize it'', Adv. Energy Mater., 2014, 4, 1301530.

46. M. Scarongella, A. A. Paraecattil, E. Buchaca-Domingo, J. D. Douglas, S.
, T. McCarthy-Ward, M. Heeney, J.-E. Moser, M. Leclerc, J. M. J.
Fréchet, N. Stingelinb, N. Banerji, ''The Influence of Microstructure on Charge
Separation Dynamics in Organic Bulk Heterojunction Materials for Solar Cell Applications'',J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 6218-6230.

45. O. Poluektov, J. Niklas, K. Mardis, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, C. Villegas, S. Erten, J. Delgado, N. Martín, A. Sperlich, V. Dyakonov, ''Electronic Structure of Fullerene Heterodimer in Bulk-Heterojunction Blends'', Adv. Energy Mater., 2014, 4, 1301517.

44. B. R. Aïch, S. Beaupré, Y. Tao, M. Leclerc, ''Highly efficient thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione-based solar cells processed from non-chlorinated solvent'', Org. Electron., 2014, 15, 543-548.

43. S. Beaupré, A. Najari, M. Leclerc, ''High Open-Circuit Voltage Solar Cells Using a New Thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione Based Copolymer'', Synth. Met., 2013, 182, 9-12.

42. S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, ''PCDTBT: En Route For Low Cost Plastic Solar Cells'', J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 11097-11105.

41. J. Niklas, K. Mardis, B. Banks, G. Grooms, A. Sperlich, V. Dyakonov, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, T. Xu, L. Yu, O. Poluektov, "Highly-Efficient Charge Separation and Polaron Delocalization in Polymer-Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunctions: A Comparative Multi-Frequency EPR & DFT Study" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 9562-9574.

40. L. G. Mercier, B. R. Aïch, A. Najari, S. Beaupré, P. Berrouard, A. Pron, A. Robitaille, Y. Tao, M. Leclerc ''Direct Heteroarylation of B-Protected Dithienosilole and Dithienogermole Monomers with Thieno[3,4-c]Pyrrole-4,6-Dione and Furo[3,4-c]Pyrrole-4,6-Dione'', Polym. Chem. 2013, 4, 5252-5260.

39. A. Paraecattil, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, J.-E. Moser, N. Banerji, ''Intensity Dependent Femtosecond Dynamics in a PBDTTPD-Based Solar Cell Material'' J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2012, 2952-2958.

38. A. Tournebize, P.-O. Bussière, P. Wong-Wah-Chung, S. Thérias, A. Rivaton, J.-L. Gardette, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, '' Impact of UV-visible light on the morphological and photochemical behavior of a low bandgap poly(2,7-carbazole derivative for use in high-performance solar cells'', Adv. Energy Mater., 2013, 3, 478–487.

37 F. Provancher, M. Sakowicz, C.-N. Brosseau, G. Latini, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, L. X. Reynolds, S. A. Haque, R. Leonelli, C. Silva, '' Slow geminate-charge-pair recombination dynamics at polymer:fullrene heterojunction in efficient organic solar cells'' J. Polym. Phys. Part B: Polym. Phys., 2012, 50, 1395.

36. S. Beaupré, A. Pron, S. H. Drouin, A. Najari, L. Mercier, A. Robitaille, M. Leclerc, ''Thieno, Furo and selenopheno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione copolymers: Effect of the heteroatom on electro-optical properties'' Macromolecules, 2012, DOI:10.1021/ma30118941.

35. B. R. Aïch, J. Lu, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, Y. Tao, '' Control of the active layer nanomorphology by using co-additives towards high-performance bulk heterojunction solar cells'', Org. Electron., 2012,13, 1736.

34. C. Ottone, P. Berrouard, G. Louarn, S. Beaupré, D. Gendron, M. Zagorska, P. Rannou, A. Najari, S. Sadki, M. Leclerc, A. Pron, ''Donor-acceptor alternating copolymers containing thienopyrroledione electron accepting units: Preparation, redox behavior, and application to photovoltaic cell'', Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 2355.

33 .I. Hwang, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, G. Scholes, ''Ultrafast relaxation of charge-transfer excitons in low bandgap conjugated copolymers'', Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 2270.

32. T.-Y. Chu, J. Lu, S. Beaupré, Y. Zhang, J.-R. Pouliot, J. Zhou, A. Najari, M. Leclerc, Y. Tao, ''Effect of the Molecular Weight and the Side Chain Lengths on the Photovoltaic Performance of Dithienosilole/Thienopyrrolodione Copolymers'', Adv. Funct. Mater., 2012, 22, 2345.

31. T.-Y. Chu, S.-W. Tsang, J. Zhou, P. G. Verly, J. Lu, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, Y. Tao, ''High-Efficiency Inverted Solar Cells Based on Low Bandgap Polymer with Excellent Air Stability'', Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells, 2012, 96, 155.

30. B. J. Worfolk, T. C. Hauger, K. D. Harris, D. A. Rider, J. A. M. Fordyce, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, J. M. Buriak, ''Work Function Control of Interfacial Buffer Layers for Efficient and Air Stable Inverted Organic Photovoltaics'', Adv. Energy Mater. 2012, 2, 361.

29. N. Allard, S. Beaupré, B.R. Aîch, A. Najari, M. Leclerc, ''Synthesis and characterization of new poly(thieno[3,4-d]thiazole) derivatives for photovoltaic applications'', Macromolecules, 2011, 44, 7184.

28 .S. Alem, T.-Y. Chu, S. C. Tse, S. Wakim,J. Lu, Y. Tao, F. Bélanger, D. Désilets, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, S. Rodman, D. Waller R. Gaudiana, ''Effect of mixed solvents on PCDTBT:PC70BM based solar cells'', Org. Electron., 2011, 12, 1788.

27. C.H. Peters, I.T. Sachs-Quitana, J.P. Kastrop, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, M.D. McGehee, ''High Efficiency Polymer Solar Cells with Long Operating Lifetimes'', Adv. Energy Mater., 2011,1, 491-494.

26. T.-Y. Chu, J. Liu, S. Beaupré, Y. Zang, J.-R. Pouliot, S. Wakim, J. Zhou, M. Leclerc, Z. Li, J. Ding, Y. Tao, ''Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Using Thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione and  Dithieno[3,2-b:2',3'-d]silole Copolymer with a Power Conversion Efficiency of 7.3%'', J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 4250.

25. S. Beaupré, M. Belletête, G. Durocher, and M. Leclerc, ''Rational Design of Poly(2,7-carbazole) Derivatives for Photovoltaic Devices'', Macromol. Theory Simul., 2011, 20, 13.

24. A. Najari, S. Beaupré, P. Berrouard, Y. Zou, J.-R. Pouliot, C. Lepage-Pérusse, and M. Leclerc, ‘Synthesis and characterization of new thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione derivatives for photovoltaic applications’,Adv. Funct. Mater., 2011, 21, 718.

23. Y. Zou, A. Najari, P. Berrouard, S. Beaupré, B.R. Aïch, Y. Tao, M. Leclerc, ''A Thieno[3,4-c]-dione-Based Copolymer for Efficient Solar Cells'', J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 5330.

22. M. Tong, N.E. Coates, D. Moses, A.J. Heeger, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, ''Charge carrier photogeneration and decay dynamics in the poly(2,7-carbazole) copolymer PCDTBT and in bulk heterojunction composites with PC70BM'', Phys. Rev. B, 2010, 81, 125210.

21. S. Beaupré, P.-L. T. Boudreault, M. Leclerc, '' Solar-Energy Production and Energy-Efficient Lighting: Photovoltaic Devices and White-Light-Emitting Diodes Using Poly(2,7-fluorene), Poly(2,7-carbazole), and Poly(2,7-dibenzosilole) Derivatives'', Adv. Mat. 2010, 22, E6.

20. S. Cho, J. H. Seo, S.H. Park, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, A.J. Heeger '' A thermally stable semiconducting polymer'' Adv. Mater. 2010, 22, 1253.

19. P.-L. T. Boudreault, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, ''Polycarbazoles for plastic electronics'' Polym. Chem. 2010, 1, 127.

18. T.-Y. Chu, S. Alem, P.G. Verly, S. Wakim, J. Lu, Y. Tao, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc, F. Bélanger, D. Désilets, S. Rodman, D. Waller, R. Gaudiana, '' Highly efficient polycarbazole-based organic photovoltaic devices'' Appl. Phys. Lett. 2009, 95, 063304.

17. M. Leclerc, A. Najari, S. Beaupré, ''2008 Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division Award Lecture - Conjugated Polymers: From micro-electronics to genomics'', Can. J. Chem., 2009, 87, 1201-1208.

16. S.H. Park, A. Roy, S. Beaupré, S. Cho, N. Coates, J. S. Moon, D. Moses, M. Leclerc, K. Lee and A. J. Heeger, '' Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with
Internal Quantum Efficiency Approaching 100%'', Nature Photon., 2009, 3, 297-302.

15. S. Wakim, S. Beaupré, N. Blouin, B.R. Aich, S. Rodman,R. Gaudiana, Y. Tao and M. Leclerc, ''Highly Efficient Organic Solar Cells Based on a Poly(2,7-Carbazole) Derivative'', J. Mater. Chem., 2009, 19, 5351-5358.

14. S. Beaupré, A.-C. Breton, J. Dumas, M. Leclerc, ''Multicolored Electrochromic Cells Based on Poly(2,7-carbazole) Derivatives for Adaptative Camouflage'', Chem. Mater., 2009, 21, 1504-1513.

13. Beaupré, S., Dumas J., Leclerc, M.; Toward the development of new textile/plastic electrochromic cells using triphenylamine-based copolymers, Chem. Mater., 2006, 18, 4011-4018.

12. Beaupré, S.; Leclerc, M.; Optical and electrical properties of p-conjugated polymers based on electron-rich 3,6-dimethoxy-9,9-dihexylfluorene unit, Macromolecules, 2003, 36, 8986-8991.

11. Drolet, N.; Beaupré, S.; Morin, J.-F.; Tao, Y.; Leclerc, M.; Red-green-blue light-emitting diodes containing fluorene-based copolymers, J. Opt. A – Pure and Appl. Opt., 2002, 4 (6), S252-S257.

10. Beaupré, S.; Leclerc, M.; Fluorene-based copolymers for red-light emitting diodes, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2002, 12 (3), 192-196.

9. Belletête, M.; Morin, J.-F.; Beaupré, S.; Leclerc, M.; Durocher, G.; Electronic spectroscopy and photophysics of phenylene-fluorene derivatives as well as their corresponding polyesters, Synth.  Met., 2002, 126 (1), 43-51.

8. Morin, J.-F.; Beaupré, S.; Leclerc, M.; Lévesque, I.; D’Iorio, M.; Blue light-emitting devices from new conjugated poly(N-substituted-2,7-carbazole) derivatives, Appl. Phys. Lett., 2002, 80 (3), 341-343.

7. Lévesque, I.; Donat-Bouillud, A.; Tao, Y.; D’Iorio, M.; Beaupré, S.; Blondin, P.; Ranger, M.; Bouchard, J.; Leclerc, M.; Organic tunable electroluminescent diodes from polyfluorene derivatives, Synth. Met., 2001, 122 (1), 79-81.

6. Belletête, M.; Beaupré, S.; Morin, J.-F.; Ranger, M.; Leclerc, M.; Durocher, G.; Spectroscopic and photophysical properties of thiophene-fluorene oligomers as well as their corresponding polyesters, Macromolecules, 2001, 34 (7), 2288-2297.

5. Beaupré, S.; Ranger, M.; Leclerc, M.; Synthesis and characterization of a novel polyester derived from substituted terfluorene, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2000, 21 (15), 1013-1018.

4. Belletête, M.; Beaupré, S.; Bouchard, J.; Blondin, P.; Leclerc, M.; Durocher, G.; Theoretical and experimental investigations of the spectroscopic and photophysical properties of fluorene –phenylene and fluorene-thiophene derivatives: precursors of light-emitting polymers, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2000, 104 (39), 9118-9125.

3. Blondin, P.; Bouchard, J.; Beaupré, S.; Belletête, M.; Durocher, G.; Leclerc, M.; Molecular design and characterization of chromic polyfluorene derivatives, Macromolecules, 2000, 33(16), 5874-5879.

2. Donat-Bouillud, A.; Lévesque, I.; Tao, Y.; D’Iorio, M.; Beaupré, S.; Blondin, P.; Ranger, M.; Bouchard, J.; Leclerc, M.; Light-emitting diodes from fluorene-based p-conjugated polymers, Chem. Mater., 2000, 12 (7), 1931-1936.

1. Belletête, M.; Beaupré, S.; Ranger, M.; Leclerc, M.; Durocher, G.; Conformational, optical and photophysical properties of a substituted terfluorene isolated and incorporated in a polyester, Chem. Phys. Lett., 2000, 316 (1-2), 101-107.
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1. Belletête, M. ; Beaupré, S. ; Morin, J.-F. ; Leclerc, M. ; Durocher, G. ; Design, synthesis and characterization of polymers derived from fluorene for application in RGB polymer light-emitting-diodes, Mater. Res.  Soc.  Symp. Proceeding, 2001, 665, C5.34.1
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4. Serge Beaupré et Mario Leclerc, Août 2010. Polymeric Solar Cells: Toward Power Conversion Efficiency of 10%, IMRC XIX, Cancun, Mexico

3. Serge Beaupré et Mario Leclerc, Juin 2003. Design, synthèse et caractérisation de polymères dérivés du fluorène pour application dans les diodes électroluminescentes polymère, Colloque SQP-GFP, Duchesnay, Québec, Canada

2. Serge Beaupré, Oct. 2001. Design, synthèse et caractérisation de polymères dérivés du fluorène pour application en électro-optique: Diodes Électroluminescentes Polymères, Séminaire de Doctorat, Université Laval, Québec, Canada  

1. Serge Beaupré, Nov.1999. Les composites utilisés dans la restauration dentaire, Séminaire de Maîtrise, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.
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Poster Presentations

3. Serge Beaupré et Mario Leclerc, Avril 2001. Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers Derived from Fluorene for Application in RGB Polymers Light-Emitting Diodes, Congrès MRS, San Francisco, Californie, États-Unis.

2. Serge Beaupré et Mario Leclerc, Mai 2000. Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Polyester Derived from Terfluorene As Active Material In Light Emitting Diode, Colloque CIC, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

1. Serge Beaupré et Mario Leclerc, Mai 1999. Synthèse et caractérisation de polyesters dérivés d'oligofluorène, Colloque SQP/GFP, Ste-Adèle, Québec, Canada.
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