Meeting/Event Information

    2020 Gibbs Awardee Prof. Zhenan Bao: "Skin-Inspired Electronics"

    November 13, 2020
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
     Add to Calendar

    Virtual Meeting
    Link will be sent to registrants


    Meeting Rescheduled from May

    109th Willard Gibbs Award Address: 

    Prof. Zhenan Bao

    K.K. Lee Professor in Chemical Engineering - Stanford University

    "Skin-inspired 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.
    Stretchable Electronic Skin

    Images of stretchable electronic skin.
    Image credit: Amir Foudeh, Sihong Liu of Bao Group, Stanford University


    • 7:00 - 7:05  Welcome — Paul Brandt, ACS Chicago Section Chair
    • 7:05 - 7:30  ACS Award Ceremony
        - "A History of the Willard Gibbs Award" — Paul Brandt, Chicago Section Chair
        - Introduction of Professor Bao — Luping Yu, University of Chicago
        - Presentation of the Gibbs Medal — Luis Echegoyen, President of the American Chemical Society
    • 7:30 - 8:30  Gibbs Award Lecture by Professor Bao

    Click on program image to enlarge==>

        2020 Gibbs Program page 2    2020 Gibbs Program page 3


    You will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting upon submitting your registration.

    QUESTIONS:  Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]).


    • For pioneering concepts on design, synthesis, processing, and characterization of organic semiconductors.
    • For pioneering molecular design rules for mobility in semiconductors.
    • For developing a method to print large arrays of patterned single crystals as the basis for fabricating practical devices.
    • For pioneering the field of skin-inspired electronics.
    • For important contributions to the engineering of carbon nanomaterials.


    Zhenan Bao is Department Chair and K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering, and by courtesy, a Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Material Science and Engineering at Stanford University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, a Senior Fellow of Stanford Institute of Chemistry and Engineering for Health (ChEM-H), a Member of the Stanford Wu Tsai Neuroscience Institute and a member of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Institute

    Bao founded the Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiate (eWEAR) in 2016 and serves as the faculty director. She successfully built the initiative that included more than 40 faculty members and more than 15 company affiliated members.

    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 Ph.D 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. She pioneered a number of molecular design concepts for organic electronic materials. Her work has enabled flexible electronic circuits and displays. In the past ten years, she pioneered the field of 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. 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 served as a board member for the National Academies Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology 2009-2012.

    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, 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, 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 and PyrAmes, both are silicon-valley venture funded start-ups. She serves as an advising Partner for Fusion Venture Capital.


    $0.00 Member registration

    $0.00 Non-member registration

    $0.00 Registration WITH CPDU / PD Credit

    $0.00 Individual Donation (flexible amount)

    $0.00 Company Sponsorship (flexible amount)

    $0.00 Donation to Project SEED (flexible amount)