The core of any nanotechnology/nanoscience effort, is the design and synthesis of new materials. Nanoscale design of materials such as polymers and matrix composites, assemblies of nanomaterials into specified symmetries and orders, or the development of entirely new classes of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, metal nanoparticles, and quantum dots, is the essence of nanoscience.  These form the creative palette on which our technologies and new medicines will be based.

At Wake Forest University, the NANO effort has become particularly well known for programs in: Conjugated polymer design and synthesis, Novel variants of carbon-based nanoparticles such as doped carbon nanotubes, and polymerized fullerene derivatives, arrayed nano-particles of metals and bimetallic structures (plasmonic meta-materials), 2D chalcogenides, and Novel cage-like structures for use in catalysis and fuel reforming. 

Dr. Richard Williams: Fast spectroscopy in nanoparticle / nanofilm coatings for scintillators

Dr. Abdou Lachgar: Cage like materials for storage and ion transport 

Dr. David Carroll: Carbon nanotubes, synthesis of new polymers for OPV, nanoparticle synthesis (including semiconducting and metallic), arrayed nanomaterials and coherent behavior. New ceramics such as CZTS for solar.

Dr. Scott Geyer: Nanoparticles, quantum dots, optical properties of nanoparticles, solar fuels

Key Research Teams

A key aspect of any nanomaterials synthesis program is the characterization techniques utilized. We specialize in electron and scanning probe microscopies, scanning probe spectroscopies, and a number of optical techniques such as Raman, Luminescence, Pulse-Probe, Time-of-flight, and z-scan for nonlinear effects. We also have a number of long standing collaborations in Raman, HRTEM, EELS, and XPS-UPS, to further our characterization methods.


Advanced and Complex Materials: controlling matter at the nanoscale