cfaed Distinguished Lecture Series

Prof. Zhenan Bao , Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA

Skin-Inspired Organic Electronic Materials and Devices

29.08.2017 (Tuesday) , 10:00 - 11:30
Dülfersaal , Entrance Dülferstraße , 01069 Dresden


Skin is the body’s largest organ, and is responsible for the transduction of a vast amount of information. This conformable, stretchable and biodegradable material simultaneously collects signals from external stimuli that translate into information such as pressure, pain, and temperature. The development of electronic materials, inspired by the complexity of this organ is a tremendous, unrealized materials challenge. However, the advent of organic-based electronic materials may offer a potential solution to this longstanding problem. In this talk, I will describe the design of organic electronic materials to mimic skin functions. These new materials enabled unprecedented performance or functions in medical devices, energy storage and environmental applications.



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Professor Zhenan Bao is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford in 2004, she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1995-2004. She has over 400 refereed publications and over 60 US patents with a Google Scholar H-Index >110. She pioneered a number of design concepts for organic electronic materials. Her work has enabled flexible electronic circuits and displays. In her recent work, she has developed skin-inspired organic electronic materials, which resulted in unprecedented performance or functions in medical devices, energy storage and environmental applications.

Bao is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is a Fellow of MRS, ACS, AAAS, SPIE, ACS PMSE and ACS POLY.  She served on the Board of Directors for MRS in 2003-2005 and as an Executive Committee Member for the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering division of the American Chemical Society. She is an Associate Editor for Chemical Sciences.

Bao was selected as Nature’s Ten people who mattered in 2015 for her work on artificial electronic skin. She was awarded the AICHE Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering in 2014, ACS Carl Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award in 2013, ACS Cope Scholar Award in 2011, she was the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Beilby Medal and Prize in 2009, the IUPAC Creativity in Applied Polymer Science Prize in 2008, American Chemical Society Team Innovation Award 2001, R&D 100 Award and R&D Magazine’s Editors Choice of the “Best of the Best” new technology for 2001. She has been selected in 2002 by the American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee as one of the twelve “Outstanding Young Woman Scientist who is expected to make a substantial impact in chemistry during this century”. She was also selected by MIT Technology Review magazine in 2003 as one of the top 100 young innovators for this century.

Bao is a co-founder and on the Board of Directors for C3 Nano, a silicon-valley venture funded start-up commercializing flexible transparent electrodes.

Professor Bao received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry from The University of Chicago in 1995 and joined the Materials Research Department of Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, after graduation.

Honors & Awards
1.   Member, National Academy of Engineering, elected 2016 for synthesis, design, and application of organic semiconductors for flexible electronics.
2.    Nature’s 10, top ten people who mattered in 2015.
3.    Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2014.
4.    MRS Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2014.
5.    POLY Fellow, ACS Polymer Chemistry Division, 2014.
6.    American Chemical Society (ACS) Polymer Division Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award, 2013.
7.    World Technology Award Finalist, Materials Category, presented in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, and Science, 2013.
8.    Top 100 Materials Scientists, Ranked by Citation Impact by Thompson Reuters, ranging from 2000-2010.
9.    AAAS Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science, 2012.
10.    Cheung Kong Scholar, Li Ka Shing Foundation and Chinese Ministry of Education, 2012.
11.    Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, ACS, for excellence in Organic Chemistry, 2011.
12.    ACS Fellow, for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession, and the Society, 2011.
13.    PMSE Fellow, ACS Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, for significant contributions to science and engineering of polymeric materials, 2011.
14.    "2010 Most influential Chinese in the World", Science and Technology Category. As selected by Phoenix TV, China (other recipients include Li Na for the sports category, who has recently won the Ladies 2011 French Open). April, 2011
15.    Honorary Si Yuan Chair Professorship, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 2010-2013.
16.    The Royal Society of Chemistry Beilby Medal and Prize for the contributions and discoveries in the field of organic semiconductors, including the demonstration that conjugated polymers can produce high mobilities of charge carriers when self-assembled using solution deposition, 2009.
17.    National Science Foundation (NSF) American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellow (ACIF) for her significant contributions to advancing the technology of flexible organic electronics through understanding of organic semiconductor growth and innovative approaches for highly efficient patterning of organic single-crystal and nano/microwire transistors, 2009.
18.    David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Fellow, Stanford University, 2009.
19.    Polymer International IUPAC Polymer Prize for creativity and industrial application in polymer science, 2008.
20.    SPIE Fellow, 2008.
21.    Top 20 most cited authors in the field of Organic Thin Film Transistors by ISI with a total of 2226 citations from 1997 to 2007 (
22.    Nanotech Briefs®’ Nano 50™ Awards in the Innovator category, 2007.
23.    Teaching Excellence Award, Stanford Society of Women Engineering, 2007.
24.    Sloan Research Fellow, Sloan Foundation, 2006.
25.    3M Faculty Award, 2005.
26.    DuPont Science and Technology Award, 2005
27.    Finmeccanica Faculty Scholar, Stanford University, 2004-2007.
28.    Terman Fellow, Stanford University, 2004-2007.
29.    Robert Noyce Faculty Scholar, Stanford University, 2004-2005.
30.    MIT TR-100 by MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the top 100 young innovators for this century, September 2003.
31.    Best Mentor Award honoring mentors who have gone above and beyond their duties to ensure that their intern(s) were successful during their internship of summer 2003, by the University Relations of Lucent Technologies, August 2003.
32.     Outstanding Young Woman Scientist who is expected to make a substantial impact in chemistry during this century, Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society as an 2002 (featured in Chemical & Engineering News, March 25, 2002).
33.    ACS Team Innovation Award, American Chemical Society, for the demonstration of a flexible electronic paper, 2002.
34.    Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs, 2001.
35.    R&D Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award of the “Best of the Best” new technology, 2001.
36.    R&D 100 Award for the work on “Printed Plastic Circuits for Electronic Paper Displays”, 2001.
37.    Science Magazine Top 10 Research Breakthroughs in 2000 for work on large scale integrated circuits based on organic materials (Details can be seen in
38.    National Academy of Engineering as Top 100 Young Engineers, 2000.
39.    GAANN Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1995.
40.    Proctor & Gamble Travel Grant, University of Chicago, 1994.
41.    Ou Yangzhao Prize for Undergraduate Student, Nanjing University, China, 1989.
42.    Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, Nanjing University, China, 1989.

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