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Fonash, Stephen J.

Fonash, Stephen J.

Bayard D. Kunkle Professor

Office phone:
Office address: 118B Research Building West
E-mail: sfonash@psu.edu
Homepage: https://sites.esm.psu.edu/wiki/research:sjf2:start


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Engineering, The University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • B.S. (with highest distinction), Engineering Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 1963

Years of Service with Penn State

  • 2000 – 2014 Kunkle Chair Professor of Engineering Sciences, Penn State University
  • 1990 – 2000 University Distinguished Professor of Engineering Sciences, Penn State University
  • 1978 – 1989 Professor of Engineering Sciences, Penn State University
  • 1974 – 1978 Associate Professor of Engineering Sciences, Penn State University
  • 1968 – 1974 Assistant Professor of Engineering Sciences, Penn State University

Other Related Experience — Teaching, Industrial, Etc.

  • 2015 – Present Emeritus, Director, Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, Penn State University, University Park, PA
  • 2006 – Present Co-founder and CTO, Solarity, LLC, State College, PA
  • 2004 – 2014 Founder and Director, Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, Penn State University, University Park, PA
  • 2002 – 2008 Co-founder, Chairman of the Board, and CTO, NanoHorizons, Inc., State College, PA
  • 1994 – 2004 Founder and Director, Penn State Nanofabrication Facility, Penn State University, University Park, PA
  • 1985 – 1996 Director, Electronic Materials Processing Research Laboratory, Penn State University, University Park, PA
  • 1976 – 1976 Visiting Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • 1973 – 1973 Visiting Professor, Universite de Lyon, Lyon, France
  • 1972 – 1972 Visiting Scientist (summer), Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J.
  • 1968 – 1968 Post Doctoral Scholar, Engineering, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Recent Principal Publications

  • Stephen J. Fonash, Wook Jun Nam, Pranav Garg, and Suxing Pan (2014) “A Bottom-up SiNW AMOSFET Fabrication Approach Giving SOI Level Performance,” The Electrochemical Society, 64(10), pp. 3–8.
  • Stephen J. Fonash (2014) Introduction to Light Trapping in Solar Cell and Photo-Detector Devices, Elsevier.
  • Wook Jun Nam, Liming Ji, Vasundara V Varadan, and Stephen J. Fonash (2012) “Exploration of Nano-element Array Architectures for substrate solar cells using an a-Si:H Absorber,” Journal of Applied Physics, 111(123103).
  • Yan Jun Liu, Jinjie Shi, Fan Zhang, Huinan Liang, Jian Xu, Aklesh Lakhtakia, Stephen J. Fonash, and Tony Jun Huan (Aug 2011) “High Speed Optical Humidity Sensors Based on Chiral Sculptured Thin Films,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 156(2), pp. 593–598.
  • (2011) “Incorporation of a Light and Carrier Collection Management Nano-element Array into Superstrate a-Si:H Solar Cells,” Applied Physics Letters, 99(073113).
  • Joseph Cuiffi, Travis Benanti, Wook Jun Nam, and Stephen J. Fonash (2010) “Modeling of Bulk Layer and Bilayer Organic Heterojunction Solar Cells,” Applied Physics Letters, 96(143307).
  • Stephen J. Fonash (2010) Solar Cell Device Physics (Second Edition), Elsevier.
  • Stephen J. Fonash (2009) “Nanotechnology and Economic Resiliency,” Nanotoday, 4(4), pp. 290–291.
  • Yinghui Shan and Stephen J. Fonash (2008) “Self-Assembling Silicon Nanowires for Device Applications Using the Nanochannel-Guided 'Grow-in-Place' Approach,” ACS Nano, 2(3), pp. 429–434.
  • Md Madh-hud Iqbal, Yi Hong, Pranav Garg, Florin Udrea, Piero Migliorato, and Stephen J. Fonash (2008) “The Nanoscale Silicon Accumulation-Mode MOSFET-A Comprehensive Numerical Study,” IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 55(11), pp. 2946–2959.
  • Stephen J. Fonash (Nov 2007) “Congressional Hearing Addresses Needs for Technical Skills,” Small Times Magazine, pp. 30–31.
  • Stephen J. Fonash, Md Madh-hud Iqbal, Florin Udrea, and Piero Migliorato (Nov 2007) “Numerical Modeling Study of the Unipolar Accumulation Transistor,” Applied Physics Letters, 91(193508).
  • Yinghui Shan, S. Ashok, and Stephen J. Fonash (Aug 2007) “Unipolar Accumulation-Type Transistor Configuration Implemented Using Si Nanowires,” Applied Physics Letters, 91(093518).
  • Stephen J. Fonash, Douglas E. Fenwick, and Paul M. Hallacher (2007) “The Pennsylvania Partnership Approach to Nanotechnology Education & to the Building of a Nanotechnology Manufacturing Workforce,” Chapter 28, in book entitled Nanoscale Science & Engineering Education: Issues, Trends, & Future Directions, pp. 508–517, edited by Aldrin E. Sweeney and Sudipta Seal. American Scientific Publishers, Valencia.
  • A. Kaan Kalkan and Stephen J. Fonash (Dec 2006) “Laser Activated Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrates Capable of Single Molecule Detection,” Applied Physics Letters, 89(233103).
  • Shawn Keebaugh, A. Kaan Kalkan, Wook Jun Nam, and Stephen J. Fonash (2006) “Gold Nanowires for the Detection of Elemental and Ionic Mercury,” Electrochemical and Solid State Letters, 9(9), pp. H88-H91.
  • Chih-Yi Peng, A. Kaan Kalkan, Stephen J. Fonash, Bin Gu, and Ayusman Sen (2005) “A 'Grow-in-Place' Architecture and Methodology for Electrochemical Synthesis of Conducting Polymer Nanoribbon Device Arrays,” NanoLetters, 5(3), pp. 439–444.
  • Yinghui Shan, A. Kaan Kalkan, Chih-Yi Peng, and Stephen J. Fonash (2004) “From Si Source Gas Directly to Positioned, Electrically Contacted Si Nanowires: 'Grow-in-Place' Approach,” Nanoletters, 4(11), pp. 2085–2089.

Consulting, Patents, and Scientific and Professional Society Memberships

  • Electrochemical Society, Fellow (1983 – Present)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Fellow (1982 – Present)
  • U.S. Patent 8,569,834 B2, Stephen J. Fonash, Yinghui Shan, Somasundaram Ashok. Accumulation Field Effect Microelectronic Device and Process for the Formation Thereof (29 Oct 2013)
  • U.S. Patent 13/823,929, Stephen J. Fonash, Wook Jun Nam. Single and multi-junction light and carrier collection management cells (1 Aug 2013)
  • U.S. Patent 8,294,025 B@, Stephen J. Fonash, Handog Li, David Stone. Lateral Collection Photovoltaics (23 Oct 2012)
  • U.S. Patent 7,776,425, Ali Kaan Kalkan, Stephen J. Fonash. Nanoparticle Coated Nanostructured Surfaces for Detection, Catalysis and Device Applications (17 Sept 2010)
  • U.S. Patent 7,427,526, Stephen J. Fonash, Wook Jun Nam, Youngchul Lee, Kyuwhan Chang, Daniel J. Hayes, A. Kaan Kalkan, Sanghoon Bae. Deposited Thin Films and Their Use in Separation and Sacrificial Layer Applications (23 Sept 2008)
  • U.S. Patent 7,341,774, Ali Kaan Kalkan, Stephen J. Fonash. Electronic and Opto-Electronic Devices Fabricated from Nanostructured High Surface to Volume Ratio Thin Films (11 Mar 2008)
  • U.S. Patent 7,309,620, Stephen J. Fonash, Handong Li, Youngchul Lee, Joseph Cuiffi, Daniel J. Hayes. Use of Sacrificial Layers in the Manufacture of High Performance Systems on Tailored Substrates (18 Dec 2007)
  • U.S. Patent 7,238,594, Stephen J. Fonash, Yinghui Shan, Chih-Yi Peng, Ali Kaan Kalkan, Joseph Cuiffi, Daniel J. Hayes, Paul Butterfoss, Wook Jun Nam. Contolled Nanowire Growth in Permanent, Integrated Nano-Templates and Methods of Fabricating Sensors and Transducer Structures (3 July 2007)
  • U.S. Patent 7,122,790, Stephen J. Fonash, Ali Kaan Kalkan, Joseph Cuiffi, Daniel J. Hayes,. Matrix-Free Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Using Tailored Morphology Layer Devices (17 Oct 2006)
  • U.S. Patent 7,052,616, Stephen J. Fonash, Daniel J. Hayes, Wook Jun Nam, Joseph Cuiffi. Fabrication of Molecular Scale Devices Using Fluidic Assembly (30 May 2006)
  • U.S. Patent 6,919,119, Ali Kaan Kalkan, Stephen J. Fonash. Electronic and Opto-Electronic Devices Fabricated from Nanostructured High Surface to Volume Ratio Thin Films (19 July 2005)
  • U.S. Patent 6,794,196, Stephen J. Fonash, Sanghoon Bae, Daniel J. Hayes, Joseph Cuiffi. Deposited Thin Films and Their Use and Detection, Attachment and Bio-Medical Applications (21 Sept 2004)
  • U.S. Patent 6,627,842, Stephen J. Fonash, A. Kaan Kalkan. Micro-Protrusion Arrays Fabricated by E-Beam Exposure (30 Sept 2003)
  • U.S. Patent 6,531,193, Stephen J. Fonash, Xin Lin, Douglas M. Reber. Low Temperature, High Quality Silicon Dioxide Thin Films Deposited Using Tetramethylsilane (TMS) for Stress Control and Coverage Applications (11 Mar 2003)

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Electrochemical Society (2004)
  • Thomas D. Callinan Award-Outstanding contributions to dielectric science and technology, Electrochemical Society (2004)
  • Life Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1986)
  • NSF Young Investigators Award (1969–1970), National Science Foundation (1970)
  • NSF Graduate Fellow (1963–1967), National Science Foundation (1967)
  • Evan Pugh Scholar (1962–1963), Penn State University (1963)

Recent Institutional and Professional Service

  • Emeritus, Director, National Science Foundation Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Center (2015 – Present)
  • Director, National Science Foundation Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Center (2008 – 2014)
  • Founder and Director, PA Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership (1998 – 2014)

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