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Bruce Dunn

Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Materials Science and Engineering


Bruce Dunn is the Nippon Sheet Glass Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. After receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1974, he was a staff scientist at the General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, New York. He joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA in 1980. Professor Dunn has published some 250 papers in scientific and technical journals and has been awarded 13 patents with several pending. Among the honors he has received are a Fulbright research fellowship, invited professorships at the University of Paris, the University of Bordeaux, the University of Picardie (Jules Verne) and the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and two awards from DOE for his research in materials science. In 2003 he was named to the NSG Chair in Materials Science and Engineering.

Selected Publications

  • Zheng Chen, Jing Wen, Chunzhu Yan, Lynn Rice, Hiesang Sohn, Meiqing Shen, Mei Cai, Bruce Dunn, Yunfeng Lu, High-Performance Supercapacitors Based on Hierarchically Porous Graphite Particles, Advanced Energy Materials, 2011, Epub ahead of print.
  • Torsten Brezesinski, John Wang, Robert Senter, Kirstin Brezesinski, Bruce Dunn and Sarah H. Tolbert, On the Correlation between Mechanical Flexibility, Nanoscale Structure, and Charge Storage in Periodic Mesoporous CeO2 Thin Films, ACS Nano, 2010, 4 (2), 967-77.
  • Torsten Brezesinski, John Wang, Sarah H. Tolbert & Bruce Dunn, Ordered mesoporous ?-MoO3 with iso-oriented nanocrystalline walls for thin-film pseudocapacitors, Nature Materials, 2010, 9, 146-51.


Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Currently in Progress

  • Electrochemical materials where we are investigating the electrochemical properties of materials with designed chemistry and microstructure
  • Mesostructured materials based on the self-assembly processes which occur upon addition of surfactants to sol-gel materials
  • Bio-hybrid materials in which biomolecules are encapsulated within sol-gel derived inorganic matrices
  • Biomolecular materials where we try to exploit biological structures for engineering applications
  •  three-dimensional batteries, biological fuel cells, bio-sensors, nanodimensional biochemical reactors and nanowire arrays