SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Receives International Award

Lawretta OnonyeCANTON – A SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Physics won one of the very first awards given by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

Lawretta C. Ononye authored “The Effect of Implantation Temperature and Ionizing Radiation on the Microstructure of Ion Implanted Sapphire” while completing her doctorate research in 2002 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“Lawretta has received the high-level of recognition that her research deserves,” noted David M. Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Our students and her peers will benefit from her expertise in this area.”

The Assistant Professor’s work was selected through a rigorous selection process consisting of the most downloaded electronic theses and dissertations, in addition to the critical and judicial review by scientific editors from Elsevier Journals, publishing associates of the NDLTD.

According to Ononye, her research can be applied in high-technology areas. “Implantation of many cation (a positively charged atom) species into sapphire often produce unique structures consisting of nanometer size metallic particles distributed in the sapphire matrix,” she said. “The production of nanostructures in sapphire can be used to make smart resistors.”

Ononye will receive $500, a custom medallion, honorable mention in future Elsevier publications, and honorary recognition on the Scirus homepage for her work.

The NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. Electronic Theses and Dissertation collections all around the world are regularly harvested by index publishers such as Scirus and Google Scholar.
Ononye’s dissertation and further details about her award are accessible at

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