Skin-Inspired Polymer Electronic Materials and Devices

Date: April 18, 2019, 4:00–5:00 PM
Location: Annenberg 105
Speaker: Zhenan Bao, Director, Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR), Stanford University

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 longstanding problem. In this talk, I will describe the design of organic electronic materials to mimic skin functions. These new materials enabled new functions in medical devices, robotics and new manufacturing methods through the use of self-healing materials.

Zhenan Bao

Director, Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR), Stanford University

Zhenan Bao

Zhenan Bao is a K.K. Lee 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 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 and the National Academy of Inventors.