Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials


A few of the Nanotechnology Center’s Innovations (there is a little Edison in us all):



Classification: NanoCancer

  1. 1)Nanoparticle Mediated Hyperthermia Approaches to Cancer using Allotropes of NanoCarbon

Status: Multiple Issued Patents Europe/US/Asia. Animal data available together with numerous publications. 

Description: Carbon Nanotube and their variants injected into, targeted to, or otherwise dispersed into tumors.  When IR is applied from outside the body and penetrates into the tumor volume, the nanotubes provide enhanced heat transduction and cell death (hyperthermia). 

  1. 2)Nanoparticle Hyperthermia coupled with Drug Therapies

Status: Animal data available.

Description: Carbon Nanotubes and other nanoparticles used concurrently with specific chemotherapeutics to enhance drug uptake.  Tissue penetrating IR is used to activate soft-hyperthermia increasing the efficacy of chemo drugs.

  1. 3)Polymer-based nanoparticle mediated Hyperthermia approaches  to Cancer

Status: Cell Culture data available

Description: Novel conducting polymers that are biocompatible and in crystallized nanoparticle form. Using tissue penetrating IR these are activated in a tumor to cause hyperthermia.  The polymeric materials make clearance problems tractable.

  1. 4) NanoEngineered Embolizing Agent

Status: animal data in non-human primates

Description: A novel embolizing agent for use with current RF technology for tumor ablation.

  1. 5)NanoChemical mediated hyperthermia approaches to Cancer

Status: in situ and cell culture data available

Description: a novel set of nanoparticles that drive exothermic reactions in tumorgenic environments coupled with a unique targeting and delivery system.                                                                             

Classification: BioSensors and Bioelectronics

  1. 6)Next Generation of Pressure Sensors for use clinical us “NanoTorr”

Status: Animal data comparing to standard pressure devices used in medicine                                                                                                                                                             

Description: a novel optically based pressure sensor to replace the current clinical catheters.

  1. 7)Clinical Sensing of Strain coupled with RFID “OrthoCorrect”  

Status: Licensed  

Description: A set of RFID based strain sensors which adhere to the skin.                                                                                                                                                       

Power/Green Energy

classification: Solar PV/T

  1. 1)3D architectures for Organic Photovoltaics “FiberCell”

Status: Licensed

Description: a 3D optical architecture for use with organic absorbers.

  1. 2)3D architectures for Inorganic Photovoltaics

Status: Licensed

Description: 3D optical architectures for use with inorganic absorbers

  1. 3)High efficiency PV/T (Solar-Thermal) systems based on Stokes shifting dyes. 

Status: issued with divisionals under examination                                                                                                                                

Description: a novel 3D device design that allows for greater optical and thermal energy capture.  Working demonstrators available.

  1. 4)Organic donor-acceptor morphologies for increased OPV performance

Status: Issued

Description: Morphology Control in bulk heterojunction systems using a variety of means.  Multiple publications available as well as test data.

classification: Lighting

  1. 5)White emitting polymer compositions

Status: Licensed

Description: new and novel polymer compositions for white light emission

  1. 6)High impedance, field activated devices for high efficiency organic light emitters 

Status: Licensed

Description: new and novel device architectures for front surface emission large area panels.

  1. 7)Inorganic, field activated lighting systems based on nanocomposites

Status: Licensed

Description: A novel device architectures that uses inorganic phosphors.

classification: T/PEG

  1. 8)Power generating fabrics based on thermoelectric -piezo electric organic nanofibers. “PowerFelt” 

Status:    Licensed

Description: fabrics that generate power from thermal gradients and from motion.


There are no rules here - we are trying to accomplish something...(Thomas Edison)

August 29, 1918 Thomas Edison along with Ford and Firestone, visited Winston-Salem. (Left) are a few of the images taken on that day.