Dr. Bruce S. Dunn Professor Bruce S. Dunn
Tel. (310) 825-1519
FAX (310) 206-7353

Professor; Ph.D. 1974 University of California, Los Angeles: Electrical and optical
properties of inorganic solids; Sol-gel derived materials; Solid electrolytes
and battery electrode materials; Biomimetic materials systems.

Research Interests

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 (see: http://www.solgel.com/educational
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.

Area of Thesis Guidance

Solid electrolytes, electrical properties of
ceramics and glasses, ceramic-metal bonding, optical materials.

Selected Publications


  1. T-J.
    M. Luo, R. Soong, E. Lan, B. Dunn and C. Montemagno, “Photo-Induced Proton
    Gradients and ATP Biosynthesis Produced by Vesicles Encapsulated in a Silica
    Matrix”, Nature Materials 4, 220 (2005).
  2. D.
    Sun, C-W. Kwon, G. Baure, E. Richman, J. MacLean, B. Dunn and S.H. Tolbert,
    “The Relationship Between Nanoscale Structure and Electrochemical Properties of
    Vanadium Oxide Nanorolls”, Advanced Functional Materials 14, 1197
  3. C. Wang, L. Taherabadi, G. Jia, M. Madou, Y. Yeh, and B. Dunn, “C-MEMS
    for the Manufacture of 3D Microbatteries”, Electrochem. and Solid-State Letts. 7, A435 (2004)
  4. J.W.
    Long, B. Dunn, D.R. Rolison and H.S. White, “Three-Dimensional Battery Architectures”, Chem. Rev. 104,
    4463 (2004).
  5. B.O. Skadtchenko, M. Trudeau, C-W. Kwon,
    B. Dunn and D. Antonelli, “Synthesis and Electrochemistry of Li-and Na-Fulleride
    Doped Mesoporous Ta Oxides”, Chem. Mater. 16, 2886 (2004)
  6. J. C. Zhou, M. H. Chuang, E. H. Lan, B. Dunn, P. L.
    Gillman, S. M. Smith, “Immunoassays for Cortisol using
    Antibody-Doped Sol-Gel Silica”, J. Mater. Chem. 14, 2311 (2004)
  7. J.L. Rickus, P.L. Chang, A. J. Tobin, J.I. Zink and B. Dunn,
    “Photochemical Coenzyme Regeneration in an Enzymatically Active Optical
    Material” J. Phys. Chem. B. 108, 9325 (2004).
  8. G. Sudant, E. Baudrin, B. Dunn and J-M. Tarascon,
    “Synthesis and
    Electrochemical Properties of Vanadium Oxide Aerogels Prepared by a Freeze
    Drying Process”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 151, A666 (2004)
  9. L. D. Noailles, H-h. Peng, J. Starkovich
    and B. Dunn, “Thermal Expansion and Phase Formation of ZrW2O8
    Aerogels”, Chem. Mater. 16, 1252 (2004)
  10. J. Deval, T.A. Umali, E.H. Lan, B. Dunn and C-H. Ho,
    “Reconfigurable Hydrophobic/Hydrophilic Surfaces in Microelectromechanical Systems”, J. Micromech. Microeng. 14, 91 (2004).
  11. R. Hart, H.S. White, B. Dunn and D.R. Rolison, “3D Microbatteries”, Electrochem. Comm.
    5, 120 (2003).
  12. J.S. Sakamoto and B. Dunn, “Hierarchical Electrodes Based on
    Inverted Opal Structures”, J. Mater. Chem. 12, 2859 (2002)
  13. J.-A. Paik, S.-K. Fan, C.-J. Kim, M.C. Wu and B. Dunn,
    “Micromachining of Mesoporous Oxide Films for MEMS Structures”  J.
    Mater. Res. 17, 2121 (2002).
  14. P. N. Minoofar, R. Hernandez, S. Chia, B. Dunn, J. I. Zink, and
    A-C. Franville, “Placement and Characterization of Pairs of Luminescent
    Molecules in Spatially Separated Regions of Nanostructured Thin Films,” J.
    Am. Chem. Soc
    . 124, 14388 (2002)
  15. J. Sakamoto and B. Dunn, “Vanadium Oxide – Carbon Nanotube
    Composite Electrodes for Use in Secondary Lithium Batteries”, J.
    Electrochem. Soc
    . 149, A 26 (2002)
  16. D.R. Rolison and B. Dunn, “Electrically Conductive Aerogels:
    New Materials in Electrochemistry”, J. Mater. Chem. 11, 963 (2001).


  • Dunn, B.S., “Applications of Ceramic Science
    to Dental Porcelain” Dental Porcelain: The State of the Art, Yamada, H.N., and
    Grenoble, P.B., 42-53 (1977)

Book Chapters

  • Dong, W. and Dunn, B., “Sol-Gel Modified
    Electrode Films”, In: Encyclopedia of Electrochemistry, Bard, A. and Stratman,
    M.(Eds.), Weinhem, Germany: Wiley VCH, 10 (2006)
  • Lan, E.H., Dunn, B. and Zink, J.I.,
    “Nanostructured Systems for Biological Materials”, In: Protein Nanotechnology,
    Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, Vo-Dinh, T.(Eds.): , 53-79 (2005)
  • Dunn, B., Bonet, F., Noailles, L. and Tang,
    P., “Using Mesoporous Nanoarchitectures to Improve Battery Performance, in
    Nanotechnology and the Environment: Applications and Implications”, In: American
    Chemical Society, Washington, B. Karn, T. Masciangioli, W-X Zhang, V. Colvin and
    P. Alivasatos (Eds.): (2004)
  • Rickus, J.L., Dunn, B. and Zink, J.I.,
    “Optically Based Sol-Gel Biosensor Materials, in Optical Biosensors: Present and
    Future”, In: Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, Ligler, F.S. and Rowe-Taitt,
    C.A.(Eds.): , 427-456 (2002)
  • Dave, B.C., Dunn, B., Valentine, J.S., Zink,
    J.I., “Sol-Gel Matrices for Protein Entrapment, Book Chapter in Immobilized
    Biomolecules in Analysis: A Practical Approach” Oxford Press, Oxford, Cass, T.,
    and Ligler, F.S., 113-134 (1998)
  • Yamane, M., Schmidt, H.K., Pope, E.J.A.,
    Mackenzie, J.D., Dunn, B., “Sol-Gel Optics IV” Proc. of SPIE, Bellingham, WA,
    1997, 3136 (1997)
  • Dave, B.C., Dunn, B., Zink, J.I., “Chemical
    and Electrochemical Reactions in Porous Sol-Gel Materials, Book Chapter in
    Access in Nanoporous Materials, Fundamental Materials Research” Plenum Press,
    New York, Pinnavaia, T., and Thorpe, M., II:141 – 159 (1995)
  • Zink, J.I., Dunn, B., “Sol-Gel Encapsulated
    Molecules: Optical Probes and Optical Properties, Book Chapter in Sol-Gel Optics
    – Processing and Applications” Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, MA, Klein,
    L. (1994)
  • Dunn, B.S., Huston, R.L., Mackenzie, J.D.,
    “Structure and Secondary Emission from Glass, Book Chapter in The Structure of
    Non-Crystalline Materials” London, Gaskell, P.H., 131-134 (1977)
  • Dunn, B.S., Mackenzie, J.D., “Structure and
    Ionic Properties of Glass, Book Chapter in Int. Review of Science,
    Electrochemistry” Buttersworth, London, Bockris, J. O’M, 6:231 – 276 (1976)


  • 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).

Professional Activities

Courses Taught

MAT SCI 104  Science of Engineering Materials
MAT SCI 131  Diffusion and Diffusion-Controlled Reactions
MAT SCI 120  Physics of Materials
MAT SCI 200  Principles of Materials Science I
MAT SCI 246B  Structure and Properties of Glass


Research Group/Lab:

MURI – Three Dimensional Architectures for Electrochemical Power Sources

Prof. Bruce Dunn’s Lab

Office Location

  • 3121-B Engineering V

Mailing Address

  • UCLA, HSSEAS School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    410 Westwood Plaza
    3111 Engineering V
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1595