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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.

Technology Briefing will feature WFU

The Technology Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has announced 10 presenters for the 11th annual Technology Briefing, including four with Wake Forest associations.  They include:

  • Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics;
  • Bob Summers, chief executive officer of Camel City Solar in Winston-Salem, which is spin-off of the Wake Forest Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials;
  • A representative of Orthovative Technologies in Winston-Salem, which won the 13th annual Elevator Competition hosted by Wake Forest Schools of Business earlier this year and was founded by a Wake Forest MBA student and a member of the faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine;
  • Paul Laurienti, director of the Laboratory for Complex Brain Works at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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Making scientific discovery open to all

David CarrollRecently David Carroll, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, was named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biosensors & Bioelectronics. Carroll also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Engineering. Both journals are open source, providing a rapid turnaround time for reviewing, publishing and disseminating the articles freely for research, teaching and reference purposes.

Carroll says that given the devastating impact that the cost of journals has had on university libraries across the country, researchers in the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials felt it important to take a leadership role in promoting and using open-access journals.

“In many ways, it’s befitting of our motto: Pro Humanitate,” he said. “Through these two very popular open-source journals with worldwide circulation, WFU Nanotech aims to make scientific discovery truly available to the masses.”

Recently The New York Times Magazine named Power Felt, a breakthrough thermoelectronic technology developed in the Nanotech Center, first among “32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow.” Read more about Power Felt, and the other top science stories at Wake Forest during 2011-2012 academic year, here.

Proposals funded: Carroll, Jayawickreme

  • David CarrollCongratulations to David Carroll, the director of the Center for Nanotechnology & Molecular Materials, whose proposal entitled “PF-DT Woled Development” has been funded by CeeLite Technologies, LLC.
  • Eranda JayawickremeCongratulations to Eranda Jayawickreme, research associate in psychology, whose proposal entitled “What Are the Real Benefits of Hardship: Examining Possibilities for Behavior Growth Following Adversity” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation.

Ron Noftle receives national award

Ron NoftleDecades of working with undergraduates in his chemistry research has earned chemistry professor Ron Noftle national recognition. Noftle was one of 12 educators recently named a 2010 Senior Scientist Mentor by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

“Many (senior) faculty no longer teach courses nor take on graduate students. Their wealth of experience and knowledge, however, makes them a unique and valuable educational resource for undergraduates,” said Mark Cardillo, executive director of the Dreyfus foundation. “This program provides for the development of a relationship between these senior scientists and the students as they engage in perhaps their first research experience to generate new knowledge.” Continue reading »