Scholarly Commons

ScholarlyCommons is a repository for the scholarly output of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. It promotes dissemination of their work, and preserves it in a freely-accessible, long-term archive. An effort to alleviate recent pressures to restrict access to new knowledge, ScholarlyCommons allows researchers and other interested readers anywhere in the world to learn about and keep up to date with Penn scholarship. Administered by the Penn Libraries, ScholarlyCommons contains materials chosen by participating units — departments, schools, centers, institutes, and so forth — at Penn. Users have access to materials in ScholarlyCommons free of charge.

ScholarlyCommons also provides links to the electronic full text of dissertations by Penn graduate students, although these dissertations are not part of the repository itself. All users have free access to the first 24 pages of these dissertations, but onlymembers of the Penn community (or other ProQuest customers) have free access to their entire contents. Others can purchase complete dissertations from ProQuest. In general, users of ScholarlyCommons can expect that links to dissertations writtensince 1997 will be found here (with a few exceptions). Dissertations from 1996 and earlier may be identified using Franklin, Penn Libraries’ online catalog.

Researchers with content in ScholarlyCommons may choose to have a Researcher Profile page built for themselves using SelectedWorks. In addition to links to their articles, the author’s “SelectedWorks” page may also include other information about the author, such as research interests, affiliations, etc. If you are an author with material in ScholarlyCommons and would like such a page set up for yourself, please email repository at

Singh Center for Nanotechnology Scholarly Commons


The Nanoscale Characterization Facility supports current generation tools for electron-beam and ion-beam analyses that serve Penn, as well as other university and industry users in the Philadelphia region. The new facility comprises eight rooms specially designed to host state-of-the-art electron and atomic force microscopes. The facility includes a sample preparation lab with complete coating and plasma cleaning capabilities, a computer lab for offline image and data analysis, and office and meeting space for staff and industrial users. The facility also maintains an ion scattering laboratory featuring a 5.1 MeV ion accelerator for thin film characterization and ion implantation.