Research Spotlight

Dawn Bonnell

Dawn Bonnell
Henry Robinson Towne Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Dawn explores the fundamental basis of property variations at atomic scales in complex materials, exploiting these variations to make functional systems. The Bonnell Group images and manipulates atoms and molecules using scanning probes, and develops new tools for examining behavior at these scales. Dawn and her group induce local property variations to be used as templates in patterning complex nanostructures, such as nanoelectronic and opto electronic devices, and they analyze compound nanostructures, consisting of ferroelectric compounds, synthetic proteins, and nano dots.

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Research Opportunities

External Opportunities

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Federal Stimulus Funds: There are many opportunities coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds that have been distributed to several government agencies like the NIH, NSF and DOE.

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University Research Foundation:  Penn's University Research Foundation (URF) provides start-up funding and funding for small projects, including those to help junior faculty undertake pilot projects, assist established faculty in performing exploratory research, and to provide support in disciplines where extramural support is difficult to obtain and where significant research can be facilitated with internal funding.

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