Published on 20 Dec 2021

President's Science Award 2021 - Professor Chen Xiaodong

We are very pleased to extend our warmest congratulations to Professor Chen Xiaodong for receiving the President’s Science Award 2021

This prestigious award was presented to Professor Chen: 
"for his outstanding contribution to advanced materials research for soft bioelectronics capable of digitising biological senses and extending human sensing capabilities, and their application to advanced manufacturing and healthcare wearables"

Over the last 12 years, Professor Chen’s cutting-edge interdisciplinary research has advanced the frontiers of materials science and flexible electronics, creating the potential to disrupt advanced manufacturing, smart wearables, and digital healthcare. He has created a wide range of soft composite materials for flexible electrodes, which conform and adhere to human skin and animal tissues, and are also easily scalable. Through his endeavours, Professor Chen pioneered an emerging field called mechanomaterials by establishing a method that proactively programmed materials’ functionalities by leveraging the force-geometry-property relationships. He builds bioelectronic interfaces that convert biological signals into electrical outputs by applying such functional materials.

Professor Chen Xiaodong (left) receives the President's Science Award from President Halimah Yacob (right) at the President's Science & Technology Awards Ceremony on 10 December 2021. The ceremony was held at the Istana. Source: LinkedIn - A*STAR

Professor Chen's scientific achievements in soft bioelectronics

  • Creation of the world’s first plant-based robot (Link)
  • AI-powered ‘electronic nose’ to sniff out meat freshness (Link)
  • AI system for high precision recognition of hand gestures (Link)
  • Smart mask to monitor vital signs associated with Covid-19 (Link)

About the award
The President’s Science Award (PSA) is presented to research scientists and engineers in Singapore who have made outstanding contributions in basic research leading to the discovery of new knowledge or the pioneering development of scientific or engineering techniques and methods.

Our heartiest congratulations to Professor Chen!