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the Daily IDEA is the official newsletter of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University. 

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The Stuttgart Workshops are a set of conferences set in the “TED-style” and focused on advanced functional materials.  They are held yearly in Stuttgart Germany and are sponsored in part by the German government and the WFU Nanotechnology Center (along with corporate donors).  Attended regularly by scientists from Germany, Austria, China, Japan, Korea, Ireland, England, France, Italy, Spain, and the U.S., the Stuttgart Workshops play a significant role in highlighting the “cutting edge” technology development at WFU as well as Wake’s long standing partnerships with institutions such as Fraunhofer and Max-Planck. This year (2016) will mark the 8th such workshop when it meets in September.  For more information see:

Detecting Radiation

Professor Richard William’s group, in the Department of Physics, and a member of the Nanotechnology Center at Wake, is leading the way toward high performance radiation sensors based on inorganics...

State of Nanotechnology at home and abroad.

While many federally funded research centers focus large teams of researchers on different aspects of topical emphasis, the Nanotechnology Center at Wake Forest has taken a different approach that interfaces with industry and emphasizes entrepreneurial leadership...

Politics, Gandhi, and the need for science and engineering within the curriculum. 

Nearly everyday we are treated to another article in the Chronicle of Higher ed., Huffington Post Education, or elsewhere, on the critical need for a liberal arts education...

Let there be light

WFU lighting research has been featured on the covers of Advanced Materials and Advanced Functional Materials recently.  Why all the interest?

MoS2 and Power Generating Fabrics

Is this famous lubricant making a comeback in the field of flexible, wearable thermoelectrics?  Recent results at the Nanotechnology Center suggests that nanoengineered forms of this age-old material may be the next big breakthrough...

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Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University

Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University


Undergraduates at the Nanotech Center

The Nanotech Center is justifiably proud of the effort of its undergraduate research staff. In all roughly 12 undergraduate students are doing and publishing research at the Center.   

Nathan Beets, is a WFU undergraduate and Physics major who returned to his home campus with a surprise this year.  While working in Germany through a cooperative summer research fellowship between WFU’s Nanotechnology Center and the Fraunhofer Institute, Nathan may have just made the step forward needed to realize ultra-efficient power generation using thermal-photovoltaic hybrids...

Will New Antimonides Challenge Perovskites?

New work at WFU’s NanoCenter is pushing solution processed Antimonide materials to new performance levels.  While they are not where Perovskites are, their stability and cost make them an important potential alternative.


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