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Center for Nanotechnology and Quantum Materials at Wake Forest University


The Graduate Student Experience: 

Learning and Living at Wake Forest 


Wake Forest University is a uniquely effective environment for PhD. training. For students specifically interested in Materials Physics, Quantum Materials and Information, and applications in biomedical or green tech, then NanoteQ can be a central component of the Wake experience.

What Makes Wake-NanoteQ special?

1.  An International Reach and Impact

2.  A Local Community of Learning

3.  A Dynamic Graduate Curriculum 

4.  A Focus on Career Development

The WFU Graduate Experience at NanoteQ...
The WFU physics and chemistry graduate programs are small to medium sized, well funded and resourced, well recognized nationally and competitive. Our Nanosciences curriculum broadens these traditional degree paths offering students hands on experience with a wide spectrum of tools and techniques. The WFU experience is further tailored well beyond the student's work in the lab. It includes summer workshops, internships and visiting opportunities, as well as engagement with the international communities of our core competencies. Combined, these programs help the student to establish their own career before they ever leave our institution. Our goal is the creation of leaders.

1. An International Community


NanoteQ Student Exchange: many WFU graduate students spend extended visits with collaborating laboratories in the U.S., Ireland, Germany, and Austria.

NanoteQ welcomes student visitors from abroad for extended research experience. These students typically associate with a specific research group. 

NanoteQ typically hosts several visiting senior scientists and guest researchers for longer term stays, working with the groups of the Center and enhancing the communities' activities.

2. A Local Community of Learning

NanoteQ Colloquia Series


The Nanotechnology Center also sponsors a series of talks held roughly monthly. These talks are announced on the Physics web page as well as through the NanoteQ News Letter. They are typically held in Olin or the  NanoteQ Center.  


WFU Physics Colloquia Series


The Physics Colloquium is held thursdays at 3:30 pm in Olin.



Nanowerks ~ Phys.Org ~ Science Daily ~ NanoNews



Regional Colloquia Series

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3. A Dynamic Curriculum: Courses at NanoteQ

PHY 656 Electron Imaging Science

PHY 657 Scanning Probes

These courses explore the basic theory and practice of imaging and microscopy other than light. Specifically, (656) is an Introduction to electron imaging with hands-on experience using TEM and SEM instruments.


(657) offers the theory and practice of scanning probes: STM, and AFM, again with a lab component for hands-on experiential learning. The courses are 1.5 credit hours each and typically involve 4 lab exercises each. Typically the courses are taught back to back over one semester and can be taken independently of each other. Permission of instructor required.

PHY 655 Exotic Materials

PHY 658 Kinetics of Materials


These fast paced, focused courses cover the formation and properties of low dimensional quantum materials. This 3 + 1.5 credit hour course sequence is an excellent follow-on to a standard solid state physics class. (655) Exotics is an introduction to quantum materials covering topology, symmetry breaking, and more. The course covers: topological insulators, topological systems in 1D And 2D, Weyl, Chern, Majorana, braiding, and more. Floquet dynamics are discussed at the end.


(658) is the synthesis and stability of the nano phase. This is how we make such materials structures to begin with. Permission of instructor required.

PHY 345/645 Quantum Computing

This 3 credit hour introduction to the foundations and hardware of Quantum Computers is open to both graduate students and undergraduate students. Some background in Quantum Mechanics and mathematics beyond differential equations is useful.


The course offers a broad brush stroke of the field including architecture and design, programming, and principles of error. The course typically incorporates a programming lab that teaches the student Qiskit.

PHY 391(2)/691(2) NANOTEQ Seminar 

Intro to modern laboratory techniques such as XPS, Auger, analytical TEM, etc. Topics are chosen by the students each year. 1.5 credit hours

Summer School @ NanoteQ

Each summer a topical seminar series is held for graduate students 

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4. The Grad Student Community 
At Wake you are not invisible. Students are tutored on scientific writing styles, encouraged to publish their results, attend conferences and present their work, and discuss their work with collaborators. Students are prepared for the careers in science that they seek.
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