Center for Nanotechnology & Molecular Materials Archive

Carroll receives Innovation Award

Carroll-AwardDavid Carroll has been recognized for his research achievements and contributions in the field of alternative energy with the Innovation Award recently presented by Wake Forest Innovations.

Carroll, professor of physics and director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University, leads a research group that has developed such innovations as the Hybrid Sterling Energy Generator solar panel, the Power Felt thermoelectric fabric and field-induced polymer electroluminescent lights.

Carroll started a nanotechnology laboratory at Clemson University in 1997, which he moved to Wake Forest University in 2003. He holds a portfolio of 12 issued patent families and helped found start-up companies to manufacture some of the products developed from his group’s research. His research interests include nanomaterials, light-emitting device technologies, solar device technologies and medical nanosciences. He holds adjunct appointments at Wake Forest School of Medicine in cancer biology and biomedical engineering, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

5 Wake Foresters named to list of Triad's most influential people

hatch.mostinfluential.300x175President Nathan Hatch and four other Wake Forest leaders have been recognized among the “Triad’s Most Influential People.” The Triad Business Journal’s special publication, now in its 10th edition, is devoted to recognizing the importance of the region’s pivotal leaders.

The following have been named to the list:

  • Anthony Atala, Director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Chairman, Department of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • David Carroll, Director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials and Professor of Physics
  • Nathan Hatch, President, Wake Forest University
  • John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Eric Tomlinson, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

The Triad Business Journal chooses individuals who have made leadership — in their organization and in their community — a priority. Leaders on this list have given sacrificially of their time, talents and resources to make a difference in this region.

Wake Forest featured on CBS' 'Innovation Nation'

carroll.300x175Physics professor Dave Carroll, director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, was featured recently on CBS’ Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation for his research team’s development of Power Felt. Power Felt is a promising new thermoelectric device that converts body heat into an electrical current.

Watch the segment here.

Comprised of tiny carbon nanotubes locked up in flexible plastic fibers and made to feel like fabric, Power Felt uses temperature differences – room temperature versus body temperature, for instance – to create a charge.

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Students, professors showcase engineering research

Bruce King


From developing innovative solar technologies to coming up with new ways to sequester carbon, Wake Forest researchers are helping drive the future of advanced manufacturing in North Carolina.

Wake Forest students and professors will showcase their engineering research during a prestigious two-day conference hosted by Duke University and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), “The New Engineering Frontier: Manufacturing for the Grand Challenges,” on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Cary, N.C.

David Carroll


The event will bring leading researchers from across the state, manufacturing moguls and government officials together to discuss how North Carolina will help realize the 14 grand challenges in engineering set forth by the NAE.

“Today, the field of engineering encompasses a lot more than it did a decade ago,” says Bruce King, the associate provost of research. “At Wake Forest, we are engineering new ways to produce clean energy, clean our air of carbon and enhance our security needs, to name only a few projects.”

Members of Wake Forest’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) will showcase several new initiatives focused on making energy production cleaner and more affordable both here at home and abroad in developing countries.

David Carroll, the director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, and his students will present on an innovative new solar technology that utilizes both solar and thermal energy and a novel method to spray organic electronics on surfaces, to name only a few of the many projects currently under development at the Center.

Jurchescu's research featured in national, regional media

Oana JurchescuAssistant professor of physics Oana Jurchescu is breaking records and generating attention for the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.

Her team’s paper “High Mobility Field-Effect Transistors with Versatile Processing from a Small-Molecule Organic Semiconductor” records the highest electric conductivity for spray-coated organic field effect transistors in the world to date.

Jurchescu and fellow paper co-author Yaochuan Mei, who is also Jurchescu’s graduate student, have been recognized by a slew of national and local media outlets for their work. Most recently on May 21, the Winston-Salem Journal ran an editorial specifically praising Jurchescu’s research as being a big part of Winston-Salem’s future. This story followed a Sunday business feature on recent work by Jurchescu’s Organic Electronics Group.