Bao delivers 17th Annual Fredrickson Lecture

Nov. 6, 2018 - Professor Zhenan Bao, the K.K. Lee Professor in Chemical Engineering, with courtesy appointments in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, at Stanford University was the featured guest speaker for the 17th Annual Fredrickson Lecture on Tuesday, November 6. Bao’s seminar, “Skin-Inspired Organic Electronic Materials and Devices” described how skin, as the body’s largest organ and a conformable, stretchable 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. Bao described the design of organic electronic materials to mimic skin functions. These new materials enabled unprecedented performance or functions in medical devices, energy storage and environmental applications.

Bao (center) received a commemorative Fredrickson Lecture plaque and is shown with CEMS bio-engineering faculty members after her lecture including (from left) Samira Azarin, Robert Tranquillo, Ben Hackel, Kevin Dorfman, and Friedrich Srienc.

The Fredrickson Lecture was established in 2001 to honor Professor Emeritus Arnold (Arnie) Fredrickson upon his retirement and foster broader intellectual interaction between undergraduate and graduate students.

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