William G. Dauben Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Skin-Inspired Polymer Electronic Materials and Devices

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | January 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Zhenan Bao, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

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.

 Light refreshments will be served at 10:50 at The Coffee Lab

 seminarcoordinator-cchem@berkeley.edu, 510-643-0572