The Facility...

Don’t let our size fool you! Wake’s Nanotechnology Center is a one-stop shop for many prototyping, synthesis and characterization projects.  The small skunkworks-like lab is tucked away on a wooded lot next to the BB&T football stadium on Deacon Blvd. and has a wide range of capabilities. There is regular shuttle service to and from the facility. 


The Nanotechnology Center is a user facility.  There are five resource labs available for use to the broader research and development community.  The facility is supported by user fees which are typically charged hourly.  The fee structure breaks down into the following categories, as mandated by federal guidelines:

Level 1 users:  Center members, their guests and research partners.  

Level 2 users:  Industrial users, contract for services, research support services. 

Level 3 users:  Academic researchers with research based around the instruments.    

All instruments require training and clearance to use plus proof of insurance for nonWFU personnel.

A unique aspect of the Nanotechnology Center is the advanced tooling group known as Camel City Labs or CCL.  This group within the Center develops instrumentation and tools for Center use.  Read more about them under CCL above...  


Electron Microscopy

NanoCenter electron microscopes are available for use during the operating hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Equipment includes: HRTEM, CTEM, and  FE-SEM

Scanning Probes Laboratory

NanoCenter offers access to state-of-the-art scanning probe microscopy including and RHK VT-STM and a JEOL AFM

Electron Microprobe Analysis

Materials Analysis capabilities in the Center includes a PHI surface analysis system providing AES/XPS/SIMS.  An Oxford EDAX system is also available.


Our class 1000 cleanroom is available for use by Center members or their guests.  Training is required.  Facilities include sputter deposition systems, evaporators, gloveboxes, and a variety of coaters.

Optical Testing Facility

NanoCenter maintains an AM1.5g class A standard, an AM1.5g lateral mounted simulator, and an EQE system. For light emission testing, standardized and calibrated LPW-Cd/A-Nit/mW-Cd/m2, light emission patterns, color indexing and contrast are all available.


Advanced Electronics and Prototyping Lab is used to support the approach to demonstrator technologies by providing advanced 3D printing / print fabrication and construction capabilities, RFID, and electronics support, as well as large scale assembly spaces.


NanoCenter has a variety of nanomaterials and polymer synthesis/characterization capabilities.  These include CVD, PECVD, and chemical synthesis.