Plenary session

The plenary session is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, 24th May and will consist of a series of three outstanding talks:

The scientific program is complemented by the plenary session, taking place on Wednesday afternoon May 24, with two outstanding speakers, Prof. Dr. Zhenan Bao, of Stanford University, USA, and Prof. Patrice Simon, of Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France.

This central session will continue with the EU-40 Materials Prize. The latter is a prestigious prize awarded to researchers under 40 who are showing exceptional promise for leadership and have made outstanding and innovative contributions to Materials Research in Europe.

The 2017 EU-40 Materials Prize is given to Bettina Lotsch, of Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany.

The presentation of the Graduate Students Awards will conclude the plenary session.



16:15 - 16:30


Welcome address

Luisa Torsi
E-MRS President


16:30 - 17:10

Skin-Inspired Organic Electronic Materials and Devices
Zhenan Bao
Department of Chemical Engineering, and by courtesy
Chemistry, Material Science and Engineering
Stanford University


Skin is the body’s largest organ, and is responsible for the transduction of a vast amount of information. This conformable, stretchable and biodegradable material simultaneously collects signals from external stimuli that translate into information such as pressure, pain, and temperature. The development of electronic materials, inspired by the complexity of this organ is a tremendous, unrealized materials challenge. However, the advent of organic-based electronic materials may offer a potential solution to this longstanding problem. In this talk, I will describe the design of organic electronic materials to mimic skin functions. These new materials enabled unprecedented performance or functions in medical devices, energy storage and environmental applications.




Zhenan Bao is a 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. Prior to joining Stanford in 2004, she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1995-2004. She has over 400 refereed publications and over 60 US patents with a Google Scholar H-Index >120. She pioneered a number of design concepts for organic electronic materials. Her work has enabled flexible electronic circuits and displays. In her recent work, she has developed skin-inspired organic electronic materials, which resulted in unprecedented performance or functions in medical devices, energy storage and environmental applications.

Bao is an academic member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is a Fellow of MRS, ACS, AAAS, SPIE, ACS PMSE and ACS POLY.  She served on the Board of Directors for MRS in 2003-2005 and as an Executive Committee Member for the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering division of the American Chemical Society.

Bao was selected as Nature’s Ten people who mattered in 2015 for her work on artificial electronic skin. She was awarded ACS Award on Applied Polymer Science 2017, The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in the Physical Sciences 2017, the 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, she was the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Beilby Medal and Prize in 2009, the IUPAC Creativity in Applied Polymer Science Prize in 2008, 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 was also selected by MIT Technology Review magazine in 2003 as one of the top 100 young innovators for this century.

Bao is a co-founder and on the Board of Directors for C3 Nano, a silicon-valley venture funded start-up commercializing flexible transparent electrodes. She serves as an advising Partner for NewGen Venture Capital.


17:10 - 17:50



Materials for Electrochemical Capacitors

Patrice Simon1,2,

1 Université Paul Sabatier, CIRIMAT UMR CNRS 5085, F-31062 Toulouse, France
2 RS2E, FR CNRS 3459, F-31062 Toulouse, France


In the past decade, lot of attention has been put on electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLCs), also known as supercapacitors, for high power delivery or energy harvesting applications. The charge storage mechanism in supercapacitor electrodes relies on electrostatic attraction between the electrolyte ions and the charges at the electrode surface, leading to a charge separation at the electrolyte/electrode interface.

During this presentation, we will show how the careful design of nanostructured carbons can help in preparing high energy density carbons for supercapacitor applications. Several techniques like Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance (EQCM) and in-situ NMR spectroscopy have been used to study the ion confinement effect in carbon nanopores. Moving from double layer to pseudocapacitive materials, we will show how the control of the electrodes structure can help in preparing high capacitance electrodes using 2-Dimensional MXene materials in aqueous electrolytes. This set of results helped in developing our basic understanding of the ions/carbon interactions in confined pores. From a practical point of view, they offer new opportunities for designing high energy density supercapacitors and micro-supercapacitors. 



Distinguished Professor (Exceptional Class) Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse - France;
Director of the European Research Institute “ALISTORE ERI” CNRS n°3104 (since 2010) (, developping research on batteries;
Deputy Director of the French Newtwork on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E), FR CNRS n°3104 ( 

Research Interests:
Electrochemistry at the interfaces: materials/nanostructured materials for electrochemical energy storage (electrochemical capacitors, Li-ion batteries).

Scientific production:
159 articles, 12 patents, 8 book chapters
H-factor 52, 23,000 citations (Web of Science, 03/2017)

November 2016: Highly Cited Researcher 2016 (
October 2016: Lee Hsun Lecture Award on Materials Science, Chinese Academy of Science
August 2016: Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry
Nov. 2015: Silver Medal of the CNRS.
Oct. 2015: RUSNANOPRIZE International Prize on Nanotechnologies.
Oct. 2015: Charles Eichner Medal from French Materials and Metallurgy Society (SF2M)
Feb. 2012 : European Research Council Advanced Grant (5 years).
Feb. 2012 : Excellence Chair of the Airbus group Fondation (5 years).
July 2009 : « Tajima » Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry.
Sept. 2007 –Junior Member of the « Institut Universitaire de France » (IUF).

Teaching Activities:
Head for Paul Sabatier University of the International Erasmus Mundus Master programme “Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion” which has been granted by the “Erasmus Mundus” label. This Master is coaccredited with 7 universities (5 in Europe, 1 in China, 1 in USA); see


17:50 - 18:30


EU-40 Materials Prize Winner


Title to be announced

Bettina V. Lotsch
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany


18:30           Graduate student awards ceremony

19:00           Social event