Saint-Gobain Materials Science Lecture
- December 2, 2022 at 3:30pm
Boston University, 8 Saint Mary’s Street, Room 906
- Wine and cheese reception to follow. Coffee available at 3pm.
- Host: Professor Lawrence Ziegler, Professor of Chemistry and MSE Associate Head
Sponsors: Saint-Gobain, Division of Materials Science & Engineering, Boston University
K.K. Lee Professor in Chemical Engineering;
Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering;
Director of Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR)
Skin-Inspired Organic Electronics
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 and new devices enabled a range of new applications in medical devices, robotics and wearable electronics.
Zhenan Bao Bio
- Zhenan Bao is K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering, and by courtesy, a Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Bao founded the Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiate (eWEAR) in 2016 and serves as the faculty director.
- Prior to joining Stanford in 2004, she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1995-2004. She received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1995. She has over 500 refereed publications and over 65 US patents with a Google Scholar H-Index >155.
- 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.
- Bao was selected as Nature’s Ten People Who Mattered in 2015 as a “Master of Materials” for her work on artificial electronic skin. She was awarded the Gibbs Medal by the Chicago session of ACS in 2020, University of Chicago Alumni Award by the Department of Chemistry in 2020, the Wilhelm Exner Medal by Austrian Federal Minister of Science 2018, ACS Award on Applied Polymer Science 2017, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in the Physical Sciences 2017, 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, the Royal Society of Chemistry Beilby Medal and Prize in 2009, the IUPAC Creativity in Applied Polymer Science Prize in 2008.
- Bao is a co-founder and on the Board of Directors for C3 Nano and PyrAmes, both silicon-valley venture funded start-ups. She serves as an advising Partner for Fusion Venture Capital.
Introductory Speaker Dr. Charles Bateman
Charlie Bateman is currently the Senior External Relations Manager at Saint-Gobain Research North America. His activities range from managing relationships with academic partners through to finding materials and processing technologies of interest to Saint-Gobain in North America.
Of particular relevance are solutions related to what Saint-Gobain has identified as the Global Grand Challenges of the circular economy, electrification, connected objects & IOT, reduced carbon content solutions, human well-being & healthcare, and security & safety.
Charlie has a PhD in materials science and has spent much of his career at Saint-Gobain leading a team responsible for materials characterization and engineering. He is passionate about identifying the relationships between materials chemistry and processing to understand and improve product performance. He has worked on everything from building products to advanced ceramics for harsh environments and specialty polymers for demanding applications.