Skin-Inspired Organic Electronics

Skin-Inspired Electronics

Zhenan Bao, Ph. D.
K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering and (by courtesy) Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm

Place: Your Computer (ZOOM meeting)

RSVP: 123780820767


Zhenan Bao is Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford University. Bao was selected as one of Nature’s Ten People Who Mattered in 2015 as a “Master of Materials” for her work on artificial electronic skin. In 2020 she was awarded the inaugural ACS Central Science Disruptor and Innovator Prize. Bao has received numerous national and international science awards. Bao is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. She is a Fellow of MRS, ACS, AAAS, SPIE, ACS PMSE and ACS POLY.



Skin is the body’s largest organ and is responsible for the transduction of a vast amount of information. This conformable, stretchable, self-healable 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 long-standing problem. In this talk, I will describe the design of organic electronic materials to mimic skin functions. These new materials and new devices enabled a range of new applications in medical devices, robotics and wearable electronics.