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Center for Nanotechnology and Quantum Materials at Wake Forest University


Living and Learning at Wake Forest University: The Graduate Student Experience 


Welcome to the Kudzu League! Wake Forest University is a uniquely effective environment for PhD. training - judging by the success of our graduates. Wake's graduate programs emphasize strong adviser-advisee relationships, colleagueship across departments and disciplines, and the joy of discovery.

Our programs are the smaller side of medium in size, well funded, well resourced, well recognized nationally and internationally, and competitive. But, unlike many "mega-programs" where you get to know no one, at Wake you are not invisible. Students are mentored here as colleagues. They excel in scientific writing, publish results, regularly attend conferences and present their work, and establish collaborative skills early in their careers. At Wake, students are prepared to be leaders within the science community.

Training at NanoteQ... 

At WFU, NanoteQ students can find their place in disciplines such as:


1.  Materials Physics, Quantum Materials, Quantum information sciences,

2.  Nanobiomedical Tech, nano-biomedical engineering and bioelectronics,

3. Organic device technology and green tech, Solar, and lighting applications.

Any WFU faculty or student may freely interact with NanoteQ. From carrying out thesis work in the facilities to joining in on our residential conferences, all are welcomed to be a part of the community.

What Makes Wake-NanoteQ Special?


1. An International Community of Learning


NanoteQ is a community of scientists from across the world that come here for the capabilities and interactions the Center has to offer. This community includes Students on Exchange, Visiting Scholars that are senior scientists on sabbatical from their home institutions and guest researchers from around the country here to use the equipment or learn a new lab technique. This mix of interests and backgrounds yields a dynamic and exciting environment in which to do science; an environment where discoveries are made every day.

2. Regional Learning Opportunities


NanoteQ sponsors a series of short term guests here to present talks or meet with our groups in what we call: residential conferences. These are in addition to the many visitors that frequent our campus and campuses locally to present work in colloquia...


WFU Physics Colloquia Series


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

Regional Colloquia Series

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3. A Dynamic Curriculum: Courses at NanoteQ

PHY 656 Electron Imaging Science (1.5 credit hours)

This basic introduction to electron imaging covers the theory and practice of CTEM, HRTEM, and SEM. The course is structured around a set of lectures followed by illustrative laboratory exercises.


PHY 657 Scanning Probes (1.5 credit hours)

The theory and practice of scanning probes: STM, and AFM. Lectures followed with a lab component for hands-on learning. Permission of instructor required.

PHY 691/692 NANOTEQ Seminar (1.5 credit hours)

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

PHY 645 Quantum Computing (3 credit hours)

Introduction to the foundations and hardware of Quantum Computers. The course offers an overview 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 655 Exotic Materials (3 credit hours)

An introduction to quantum materials covering topology, symmetry breaking, and more. This course offers a heuristic introduction to topological insulators, topological systems in 1D And 2D, Weyl, Chern, Majorana, braiding, and more as well as Floquet dynamics.

PHY 658 Kinetics of Materials (1.5 credit hours)

The synthesis and stability of the nano phase and low dimensional structures. This is how we make exotic materials from nanotubes to polymers to 2D platelets.

Summer School @ NanoteQ

Each summer a topical seminar series is held for graduate students 

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4. The Grad Student Community 

A final thing to mention is the graduate students themselves. WFU has traditionally attracted a diverse, international, exceptionally well trained, and motivated graduate community. Students that come to Wake are special in many ways: they seek a challenge, they think for themselves, they thrive in an environment of respect and collegial interaction, and they expect the very best outcomes for themselves and their careers. If that sounds like YOU, then there is no better time than now to join us.

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