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Zhenan Bao, PhD

K. K. Lee Professor in the School of Engineering

Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Professor, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry

(650) 723-2419

I work on organic semiconductors transistors, solar cells, carbon nanotube, transparent electrodes, sensors, soft materials, organic and polymer synthesis and characterization, nano- and micropatterning, bio-inspired assembly, and device fabrication and characterization.



PhD, University of Chicago

2021 American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests

The research programs in my laboratory are centered on using chemical and chemical engineering approaches towards the fabrication of functional nano- and microstructures with novel electronic and photonic properties. Our research activities involve organic and polymer synthesis, surface chemistry, nano- and micropatterning, bio-inspired patterning and assembly, and materials and device characterization.

The approach we take is multidisciplinary, involving chemistry, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, physics, and electrical engineering. The devices of current interest are organic and carbon nanotube thin film transistors, organic photovoltaic cells, transparent electrodes, chemical and biological sensors and molecular switches. These devices are used as characterization tools for fundamental charge transport and photophysics studies. They are also of practical interest for nano-scale electronics, alternative energy sources, low cost and large area flexible plastic circuits, displays, and disposable sensors.



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