Zhenan Bao Ph.D

Bao, Zhenan
Position Department / Business Unit
Associate Professor Bao Research Group, Department of Chemical Engineering
Institution Disciplines
Stanford University Nanostructures Engineering Chemistry
City State / Provence
Stanford California
Country Website
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The research programs in Dr. Bao's laboratory at Stanford University are centered on using chemical and chemical engineering approaches towards the formation of functional nano- and microstructures with novel electronic and photonic properties.

Dr. Bao became a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 2001. She joined the faculty of the Stanford Chemical Engineering Department in 2004.

In addition to her more than 80 refereed publications, she has filed close to 50 US patent applications with 16 of them awarded. She currently serves as a member of Executive Board of Directors for the Materials Research Society, Executive Committee Member and Program Committee for the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Divisions of the American Chemical Society. She is on the international advisory board for the journal of Advanced Functional Materials and Materials Today.

She is a recipient of the 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 is also selected by MIT Technology Review magazine in 2003 as one of the top 100 young innovators for this century.


Professor Bao received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry from The University of Chicago in 1995 and joined the Materials Research Department of Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies.


Featured as one of the twelve in 2007 SPIE Women in SPIE Optics Planner calendar.
• Sloan Research Fellow, 2006.
• 3M Faculty Award, 2005.
• Du Pont Science and Technology Award, 2005
• Finmeccanica Faculty Scholar, Stanford University, 2004-2007.
• Terman Fellow, Stanford University, 2004-2007.
• Robert Noyce Faculty Scholar, Stanford University, 2004-2005.
• Selected by MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the top 100 young innovators for this century, September 2003.
• 2003 Zhu Kezhen Distinguished Lecturer, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province, China.
• “Best Mentor Award” honoring mentors who have gone above and beyond their duties to ensure that their intern(s) were successful during their internship of summer 2003, by the University Relations of Lucent Technologies, August 2003.
• Selected by Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society as an “Outstanding Young Woman Scientist who is expected to make a substantial impact in chemistry during this century”, 2002 (featured in Chemical & Engineering News, March 25, 2002).
• American Chemical Society Team Innovation Award for the demonstration of a flexible electronic paper, 2002.
• Elizabeth Crosby Lecturer honoring achievement of women in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Department of Material Sciences and Engineering, 2002.
• “Distinguished Member of Technical Staff”, Bell Labs, 2001.
• R&D Magazine’s Editors Choice of the “Best of the Best” new technology, 2001.
• R&D 100 Award for the work on “Printed Plastic Circuits for Electronic Paper Displays”, 2001.
• Nobel Laureates in Polymer Chemistry Symposium lecturer, American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry Division, 2001.
• Eastman Lecturer, University of Akron, Department of Polymer Science, 2001.
• Science Magazine Top 10 Research Breakthroughs in 2000 for work on large scale integrated circuits based on organic materials (Details can be seen in http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/290/5500/2221).
• Selected by the National Academy of Engineering as Top 100 Young Engineers, 2000.
• GAANN Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1995.
• Proctor & Gamble Travel Grant, University of Chicago, 1994.
• Ou Yangzhao Prize for Undergraduate Student, Nanjing University, China, 1989.
• Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, Nanjing University, China, 1989.

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