Bruce Dunn, Ph.D.


Professor & NSG Chair
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

3121 B Eng V
310-825-1519 | 310-206-7353 (fax)


  • Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles, 1974

Awards and Recognitions

  • Fulbright Research Fellowship (1986)
  • Invited Professorship at the University of Paris (1991-3, 1998) 
  • Invited Professorship at the University of Bordeaux (2000)
  • Allied Signal Faculty Award (1997) 
  • DOE Award for Outstanding Research in Materials Science (1995, 1998) 

Research Interests

  • electrochemical material and devices
  • mesoporous and bio-hybrid materials
  • biomolecular materials

Research in the Dunn group involves the synthesis of inorganic and hybrid materials and characterization of their electrical and optical properties. The various areas are described in greater detail on our lab page and representative publications are listed below. One of the principal themes which extends to most of the research activities is the use of sol-gel methods to synthesize a number of the materials studied in the group (click for background on the sol-gel process). This synthetic approach enables us to prepare materials which incorporate a wide variety of organic and biological dopants and are capable of developing unique microstructures and properties.

Recent Papers

  1. Evseenko D., Latour B., Richardson W., Corselli M., Sahaghian A., Cardinal S., Zhu Y., Chan R., Dunn B., Crooks G.M. “Lysophosphatidic Acid Mediates Myeloid Differentiation within the Human Bone Marrow Microenvironment.” PLoS One. 2013 May 16;8(5):e63718.
  2. Augustyn V., Come J., Lowe M.A., Kim J.W., Taberna P.L., Tolbert S.H., Abruña H.D., Simon P., Dunn B. “High-rate electrochemical energy storage through Li(+) intercalation pseudocapacitance.” Nat Mater. 2013 Jun;12(6):518-22.
  3. Rauda I.E., Augustyn V., Dunn B., Tolbert S.H. “Enhancing Pseudocapacitive Charge Storage in Polymer Templated Mesoporous Materials. Acc Chem Res. 2013 Mar 13.
  4. Rauda I.E., Buonsanti R., Saldarriaga-Lopez L.C., Benjauthrit K., Schelhas L.T., Stefik M., Augustyn V., Ko J., Dunn B., Wiesner U., Milliron D.J., Tolbert S.H. “General method for the synthesis of hierarchical nanocrystal-based mesoporous materials.” ACS Nano. 2012 Jul 24;6(7):6386-99.
  5. White E.R., Singer S.B., Augustyn V., Hubbard W.A., Mecklenburg M., Dunn B., Regan B.C. “In situ transmission electron microscopy of lead dendrites and lead ions in aqueous solution.” ACS Nano. 2012 Jul 24;6(7):6308-17.
  6. Chen Z., Augustyn V., Jia X., Xiao Q., Dunn B., Lu Y. “High-performance sodium-ion pseudocapacitors based on hierarchically porous nanowire composites.” ACS Nano. 2012 May 22;6(5):4319-27.
  7. Dunn B., Kamath H., Tarascon J.M., “Electrical energy storage for the grid: a battery of choices,” Science. 2011 Nov 18;334(6058):928-35.
  8. Brezesinski K., Haetge J., Wang J., Mascotto S., Reitz C., Rein A., Tolbert S.H., Perlich J., Dunn B., Brezesinski T., “Ordered mesoporous α-Fe2O3 (hematite) thin-film electrodes for application in high rate rechargeable lithium batteries,” Small. 2011 Feb 7;7(3):407-14. Epub 2010 Dec 23.
  9. Chen Z., Augustyn V., Wen J., Zhang Y., Shen M., Dunn B., Lu Y., “High-performance supercapacitors based on intertwined CNT/V2O5 nanowire nanocomposites,” Adv Mater. 2011 Feb 8;23(6):791-5.
  10. Brezesinski K., Haetge J., Wang J., Mascotto S., Reitz C., Rein A., Tolbert S.H., Perlich J., Dunn B., Brezesinski T., “Ordered Mesoporous α-Fe(2)O(3) (Hematite) Thin-Film Electrodes for Application in High Rate Rechargeable Lithium Batteries,” Small. 2010 Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print]