UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation announced on October 4 that Bao Zhe’nan is one of the laureates for the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science

UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation announced on October 4 that female scientist Bao Zhe’nan is one of the five laureates for the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in the physical sciences.

Bao was born in 1970 in the city of Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu Province. After graduating from Nanjing Jinling Middle School in 1987, Bao was admitted to Nanjing University and studied in the Department of Chemistry. Later, she moved to the U.S. Currently, she is teaching at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Stanford University. Her main research area covers energy, organic and polymer semiconductor materials.

Prior to this award, Bao was also named one of the ten most influential researchers of 2015 by Nature magazine.

Bao and her team spent nearly three years and finally developed an artificial skin with superior sensitivity using an elastomeric material called polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS).

The award identifies and supports eminent women in science throughout the world, and each year, five award laureates are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science. Professor Bao was honored “for her outstanding contribution to and mastery of the development of novel functional polymers for consumer electronics, energy storage and biomedical applications,” reported the organizers.

Moreover, these laureates will receive their awards at a ceremony in Paris, France on 23 March 2017.

(Source: jschina.com.cn and unesco.org)