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Zhenan Bao

Zhenan Bao, K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering, Dept of Chemical Engineering and by courtesy, Professor of Chemistry & Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

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Elected Member of: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Inventors

Elected Fellow of: ACS, AAAS, MRS, SPIE, ACS-PMSE & ACS-POLY

Investigator, CZ Biohub - San Francisco

Innovation Investigator, Arc Institute

Co-Founder, C3 Nano, Inc.    
Co-Founder, Board of Directors, PyAmes

Advising Partner, Fusion Fund


Zhenan Bao is 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. 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 Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1995.  She has close to 700 refereed publications and over 80 US patents with a Google Scholar H-Index 215.

Bao is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors. She is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is a Fellow of MRS, ACS, AAAS, SPIE, ACS PMSE and ACS POLY. 

Bao was the inaugural recipient of the VinFuture Prize Female Innovator 2021, the ACS Chemistry of Materials Award 2022, MRS Mid-Career Award in 2021, AICHE Alpha Chi Sigma Award 2021, ACS Central Science Disruptor and Innovator Prize in 2020, Gibbs Medal by the Chicago session of ACS in 2020, Wilhelm Exner Medal by Austrian Federal Minister of Science 2018, ACS Award on Applied Polymer Science 2017, L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in the Physical Sciences 2017, 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, Royal Society of Chemistry Beilby Medal and Prize in 2009, IUPAC Creativity in Applied Polymer Science Prize in 2008. Bao was selected as Nature’s Ten people in 2015 as a “Master of Materials” for her work on artificial electronic skin.

Bao co-founded  C3 Nano and PyrAmes, both are silicon-valley venture funded start-ups. She serves as an advising Partner for Fusion Venture Capital.


2024: Wall Street Journal. Prof. Bao talks about future of smart phone displays (Link)  
2023: Stanford Daily. Q&A: Zhenan Bao develops electronic skin (Link)  
2023: Stanford Magazine. The Science of Skin (Link)