Dan Pennachio

Graduate Student Researcher
1237 Engineering II


  • B.A., Physics, Colby College, 2012
  • B.Eng., Materials Science, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, 2013


Dan Pennachio joined the Palmstrom group in the Summer of 2013. During his undergraduate education, he was involved in a 5-year dual-degree program where he earned a B.A. in physics from Colby College and a B.Eng. in materials science from Dartmouth College. His senior thesis involved stabilizing external cavity diode lasers with a temperature feedback loop.


I am currently interested in the growth and characterization of 2D electronic materials for advanced devices. Materials with confined geometries, such as hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), graphene, and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), have excellent properties for new electronic devices. I am investigating growth of these materials using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), with some modifications such as plasma-assisted or gas-source MBE growth. In addition to my work in 2D materials, I am also interested in materials for quantum computing applications.