Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University


About Us

structure and governance

The Nanotech Center is a shared instrumentation resource for the WFU community. As such, it is a focus of WFU efforts in experimental materials science as they pertain specifically to: green technologies development such as lighting and solar, quantum information technologies and computing, and biomedical device development. Nanotech an essential campus resource for materials synthesis and processing, cleanroom access, analytical electron microscopy, x-ray and Auger analysis, and standardized solar / lighting testing.

The facilities are supported primarily by user fees. However, the University does supplement operations in exchange for reduced fee access for its faculty, staff, and students. In some circumstances fees may be waved altogether. Thus, research financing should never impede access to good scientific tools.  

Nanotech is governed by an oversight group known as the Board Members of the Center. The Board consisting of University faculty, a few outside scientists, the director, a grad student representative and an admin at WFU. The group represents the interests of stakeholders: users, administrators, staff, students.

The Academic Year 2021 Governance Board is:

    David Carroll - Physics - EM, GT, BT

    Oana Jurchescu - Physics - GT

    Martin Guthold - Physics - BT

    Abdou Lachgar - Chemistry - EM

    Scott Geyer - Chemistry - EM

    Ravi Singh - Cancer Biology - BT

    Nicole Levi-Polyachenko - Plastic Surgery - BT

    William Wagner - Plastic Surgery - BT

    Olga Pierrakos - Engineering - GT

    Adam Hall - Biomedical Engineering - BT

Scientific Review Board Members

    Richard Williams (emeritus) - Physics - EM, GT

    Siegmar Roth (emeritus) - Physics - EM

    Grad Student Representative - TBA

Where: EM - emerging materials, GT - green technologies, BT - biomedical technologies are the areas of research interest and/or user groups each member represents. 

501 Deacon Blvd. in Winston Salem NC 27105

Founded in 2004, the Nanotech Center was among the first research facilities in NC to be built for the safe handling and containment of nanomaterials.