Pierre Harvey obtained his PhD at McGill University in 1986 in the field of organometallic chemistry under the supervison of I.S. Butler enjoying NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) and FCAR (Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l'aide à la recherche) postgraduate scholarships. He then moved to Caltech as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow to explore the photochemistry of polynuclear coordination complexes under the guidance of H. B. Gray.
In 1988, prior to going to Université de Sherbrooke as an assistant professor, he broadened his postdoctoral experience at MIT in the field of microelectrochemistry with M.S. Wrighton. His independent career at Université de Sherbrooke started in early 1989, where he immediately secured a “Bourse Nouveau Chercheur” of the FCAR. He has developed several fields of research, including photonic polymeric materials built upon coordination and organometallic assembling linkers, photophysical energy flow in porphyrin assemblies for biomimicry purposes, electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of highly reactive Pd species, and studies of the catalytic properties of various polyphosphinated Rh complexes of calixarene scaffolds.