Zhenan Bao

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Zhenan Bao
Fields Polymer science
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater Nanjing University, University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Luping Yu
Known for organic semiconductors

Zhenan Bao Ph.D. is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering at Stanford University. She is known for her work with developing technologies with organic field-effect transistors and organic semiconductors.


She was enrolled at Nanjing University before transferring to directly into her Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Chicago.[1] She was one of the early students of Luping Yu and did initial work on liquid-crystalline polymers.[2][3]

Academic career[edit]

Upon the completion of her Ph.D., she had an offer to join the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoc but instead joined the Materials Research department of Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies. During that time, she was behind the development of the first all plastic transistor, or organic field-effect transistors which allows for its use in electronic paper.[4][5][6] It was also during this time when Jan Schön produced a series of papers coauthored with Bao which were ultimately retracted due to fraud. Bao was exonerated of any misconduct.[7] She was named a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. She was named one of MIT Technology Review's TR35[8] and C&EN 12 rising stars[1] for her work with organic semiconductors.

In 2004, she returned to academia by joining the faculty at Stanford University where she is now focusing on studying organic semiconductor and carbon nanotubes using new fabrication methods. Recent work in the lab includes developing electronic skin[9] and all-carbon solar cells.[10]

She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society and SPIE and serves on the advisory board for ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Chemical Communications, Chemistry of Materials, Materials Today, Nanoscale, and NPG Asia Materials and the board of directors for the Materials Research Society and the Polymers Materials Science and Engineering division of the American Chemical Society. She was also awarded the ACS Cope Scholar Award in 2011.[11]

She was awarded the Beilby Medal and Prize in 2009.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Bao immigrated to the US from China in 1990. Both of her parents were professors at Nanjing University where she initially learned about polymer chemistry in her mother's lab. One of her major mentors was Elsa Reichmanis who was the department director at Bell Labs.[1] She is married and has two children.[13]


  1. ^ a b c MacDermott, Kevin (25 March 2002). "TAKING AN EARLY LEAD". C&EN. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Movers: Zhenan Bao". Nature 428 (6983): 678–678. 8 April 2004. doi:10.1038/nj6983-678c. 
  3. ^ Bao, Zhenan; Chen, Yongming; Cai, Rubing; Yu, Luping (1 September 1993). "Conjugated liquid-crystalline polymers - soluble and fusible poly(phenylenevinylene) by the Heck coupling reaction". Macromolecules 26 (20): 5281–5286. doi:10.1021/ma00072a002. 
  4. ^ Dagani, Ron (30 November 1998). "AN INNOVATION ENGINE FOR LUCENT". C&EN. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Bao, Zhenan; Dodabalapur, Ananth; Lovinger, Andrew J. (1 January 1996). "Soluble and processable regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) for thin film field-effect transistor applications with high mobility". Applied Physics Letters 69 (26): 4108. doi:10.1063/1.117834. 
  6. ^ Bao, Zhenan; Feng, Yi; Dodabalapur, Ananth; Raju, V. R.; Lovinger, Andrew J. (1 June 1997). "High-Performance Plastic Transistors Fabricated by Printing Techniques". Chemistry of Materials 9 (6): 1299–1301. doi:10.1021/cm9701163. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Elizabeth (19 December 2011). "Molecular Electronics: Schön’s Fraud". C&EN. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Zhenan Bao, 32". MIT TR. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Arnaud, Celia (19 November 2012). "Electronic Skin Heals Itself". C&EN. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Ramuz, Marc P.; Vosgueritchian, Michael; Wei, Peng; Wang, Chenggong; Gao, Yongli; Wu, Yingpeng; Chen, Yongsheng; Bao, Zhenan (27 November 2012). "Evaluation of Solution-Processable Carbon-Based Electrodes for All-Carbon Solar Cells". ACS Nano 6 (11): 10384–10395. doi:10.1021/nn304410w. 
  11. ^ Halford, Bethany (28 February 2011). "Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards: Zhenan Bao". C&EN. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Beilby Medal and Prize Winners". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Wang, Linda (8 October 2007). "Rising Stars Reunite". C&EN. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 

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