Postponed until Fall 2020
Saint-Gobain Materials Science Lecture
Skin-Inspired Organic Electronics
Abstract: 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 Department Chair and 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 are silicon-valley venture funded start-ups. She serves as an advising Partner for Fusion Venture Capital.
Introductory Speaker Dr. Julia DiCorleto
- Director, Saint-Gobain Research North America
Title: Saint-Gobain: R&D in a Sustainable World
- Abstract Faced with climate change and the risks posed by rising temperatures, Saint-Gobain must promote the emergence of a low-carbon economy capable of preserving the common good. Commitments have been made by the Group to reduce CO2 emissions, non-recovered waste, and industrial water emissions by 2025 as well as the commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. At Saint-Gobain Research North America and around the globe, R&D teams are providing a critical response in our businesses by developing products and solutions that promote energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. We must as well continue to reduce the carbon footprint of our production. To this end, dedicated R&D programs coordinate and amplify efforts to improve manufacturing methods.
- Bio Julia DiCorleto is the Director of Saint-Gobain’s R&D Center in Northboro, MA. Dr. DiCorleto previously held the position of General Manager of the Tape Solutions Business, a world leader in specialty tapes for bonding, protection and insulation. Dr. DiCorleto began her career in Saint-Gobain in Research & Development. Over the years, she held various positions of increasing responsibility in R&D and business activities.
Dr. DiCorleto holds a B.S. in chemical engineering & materials science from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) and a PhD in Polymer Science/Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA). Prior to her industrial career, Dr. DiCorleto spent two years at the JJ Thomson Physical Laboratory at the University of Reading (Reading, England).
Host: Lawrence Ziegler, Professor of Chemistry and MSE Associate Head
Sponsors: Saint-Gobain, Division of Materials Science & Engineering, Boston University