The MSE department was pleased to host Professor Clara Santato on January 14, 2019 as part of the MSE Distinguished Lecture Series. Santato is a Full Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at the Polytechnique Montréal and her research focuses on semiconducting films and their interfaces with metal electrodes and electrolytes as well as green electronic and energy-storage devices.
Prof. Santato gave a Distinguished Lecture entitled “Towards greener electronics” where she explained that a promising route towards achieving sustainable (green) electronics is based on the use of abundant materials (e.g. biomolecules extracted from biomass feedstock), novel production schemes (e.g. involving non-toxic solvents) and eco-design of devices that includes biodegradation at the end of life. She presented preliminary research results on the biodegradability and compostability of organic electronic materials of interest for electronics and energy storage devices, focusing on the case of study of melanin biopigments used in transistors, batteries and supercapacitors.
A group of senior MSE graduate students and Postdoctoral fellows had the opportunity to meet with Prof. Santato and discuss very interesting research ideas.