Date: 5 May 2023
Talk1：Smart Textiles for Personalized Health Care
Speaker: Jun Chen
There is nothing more personal than healthcare. Health care should move from its current reactive and disease-centric system to a personalized, predictive, preventative, and participatory model with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion. As the world marches into the era of the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G wireless, technology renovation enables the industry to offer a more individually tailored approach to healthcare with better health outcomes, higher quality, and lower cost. However, empowering the utility of IoT-enabled technologies for personalized health care is still significantly challenged by the shortage of cost-effective on-body biomedical devices to continuously provide real-time, patient-generated health data. Textiles have been concomitant and played a vital role in the long history of human civilization. Incorporating sensing and therapeutic capabilities into everyday textiles could be a powerful approach to the development of personalized healthcare. Merging biomedical devices and textiles becomes increasingly important owing to the growing trend of IoT since it could serve as on-body healthcare platforms with incomparable wearing comfort. In this talk, I will introduce our current research on smart textiles for biomonitoring, therapeutics, power supply, and textiles body area network for personalized health care.
Dr. Jun Chen is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and therapeutic applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body area networks. He has published two books and 260 journal articles, with 160 of them being corresponding authors in Chemical Reviews (2), Chemical Society Reviews (2), Nature Materials, Nature Electronics (4), Nature Communications (4), Science Advances, Joule (3), Matter (10), Advanced Materials (12), and many others. His works were selected as Research Highlights by Nature and Science seven times and covered by world mainstream media over 1,200 times in total, including NPR, ABC, NBC, Reuters, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. He also filed 14 US patents, including one licensed. With a current h-index of 97 and 55 ESI Highly Cited Papers, Dr. Chen was identified to be one of the world’s most influential researchers in the field of Materials Science by the Web of Science Group. Beyond research, he is an associate editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Med-X, and Textiles. He also serves Advisory/ Editorial Board Members of Matter, Nano-Micro Letters, Materials Today Energy, Cell Reports Physical Science, and The Innovation. Among his many accolades are the V. M. Watanabe Excellence in Research Award, Nano Research Young Innovator Award, BBRF Young Investigator Award, ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award, MINE Young Investigator Award, Materials Today Rising Star Award, Advanced Materials Rising Star, ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award, Chem. Soc. Rev. Emerging Investigator Award, Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials, UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows Award, Okawa Foundation Research Award, JMCA Emerging Investigator Award, Nanoscale Emerging Investigator Award, Frontiers in Chemistry Rising Stars, Highly Cited Researchers 2019/2020/2021/2022 in Web of Science, etc.
Talk2：Intelligent Fiber Electronics and Optoelectronics
Speaker: Wei Yan
Fibers hold great societal relevance and impact on our everyday lives. They are essential building blocks of a broad spectrum of entities from the clothes on our body to aircraft constructs in space. While ubiquitous, fibers are typically made of single materials with simple functions. The capabilities of fibers have for the most part remained unchanged for millennia. In this talk, I will present unprecedented fibers integrating innovative metals, semiconductors, dielectrics and microchips, transforming these ancient yet largely underdeveloped forms into intelligent human-interfaced devices and smart systems for healthcare, biomedicine and security. Fiber electronics and optoelectronics are emerging, delivering value-added services for our society.
Dr. Wei Yan is a full professor at the State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, China. Prior to returning to China, he served as a Nanyang Assistant Professor jointly appointed at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) and the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and a Scientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from EPFL (2017).
His research interests focus on next-generation human-interfaced flexible and soft fiber electronics for healthcare, medicine, energy, neuroscience, robotics and textiles. He has published many articles in high-profile international journals, such as Nature (1), Nature Nanotechnology (2), Advanced Materials (4), and Nature Communications (2). He is a co-inventor for 4 US patents. His research work has been highlighted by many prestigious media and journals, such as Nature, Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature News, Nature Podcast, National Science Review, MIT, EPFL, US Army, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Science and Technology Daily, China, China Science Daily, The Wall Street Journals, etc.
He has received many prestigious awards and honors, such as 35 Innovators under 35 of China, International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Young Scientist Medal, finalist for the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2022 in Engineering and Technology (in total 30 finalists worldwide), the 1st Place, NASA Tech Briefs Design Competition (Aerospace/Defense Category) 2022, Professor René Wasserman Award in 2019 (the only winner) and IEEE Best Young Scientist Award in 2021.
He serves as a funding reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Dutch Research Council, a member for the Editorial Advisory Board of “Nanotechnology” (IOP Science), an Editorial Board member of “Advanced Fiber Materials” (Springer Nature) and an Editorial Board member of “Med-X” (Springer Nature) and InfoMat (Wiley).
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