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Zhenan Bao receives 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

20 April 2017

Zhenan Bao | Image Courtesy of L'Oréal-UNESCO
Zhenan Bao

On 23 March the international scientific community gathered in Paris to celebrate SPIE Fellow Zhenan Bao and four other exceptional women scientists who were the 2017 recipients of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards. The award of 100,000 € each honors their excellence, creativity, and intelligence as well as their scientific contributions in the fields of quantum physics, physical sciences and astrophysics.

Proposed by an international community of more than 2,000 leading scientists, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards are presented every year to five women, one from each world region (Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America). Bao, Stanford University Professor of Chemical Engineering, representing North America, was honored for her "outstanding contribution to and mastery of the development of novel functional polymers for consumer electronics, energy storage and biomedical applications."

Bao's fellow Laureates are:

  • Professor Niveen M. Khashab (Saudi Arabia), for designing novel nanoparticles that could improve early detection of disease,
  • Professor Michelle Simmons (Australia), for pioneering ultra-fast quantum computers,
  • Professor Nicola A. Spaldin (Switzerland), for reinventing magnetic materials for next-generation electronic devices,
  • Professor Maria Teresa Ruiz (Chile), for discovering a new type of celestial body, halfway between a star and a planet, hidden in the darkness of the universe.

Recognized as a Fellow of the Society in 2008, Bao continues to contribute actively to the SPIE community. She has served as session, conference and symposium chair at several SPIE events. She regularly presents at SPIE Optics + Photonics, and has published proceeding with SPIE dozens of times.

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