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.