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Center for Nanotechnology and Quantum Materials at Wake Forest University


External Affairs

Our city of Winston-Salem is called “the city of innovation and the arts.”  This comes from its School of the Arts, its many galleries, and its long history of innovative enterprise: Hanes, Endura Mills, Reynolds, Wachovia, Texas Pete, Krispy Kreme, BB&T and more. Wake’s NanoteQ Center, embraces the innovative spirit of our fore-fathers and the entrepreneurial partnerships with industry that make it possible.

Edison, Firestone, Ford, many of the past centuries great industrialists and innovators have come to Winston.

Work with the Center

one of our many patents - watch this solar cell in a bottle try and climb out!

1.NanoteQ has a broad patent portfolio in the areas of Nanomedicine, Quantum Computing, Green Energy, and electronic materials. Licensing our IP is negotiated through Wake Innovations (WFI).  This office is setup specifically to handle the technical and legal details of granting access to our inventions.

2.Research Partnerships at NanoteQ. For technology development or fundamental knowledge supplement, you can sponsor research to a PI (faculty member at WFU) or you can join together in a combined effort as a guest scientist. This is managed by the office of sponsored research (OSR) at WFU who oversees the fair and ethical conduct of research activities at the Center. This office is approached initially by the WFU researcher with whom you choose to work.

3.Access to equipment as a user is pretty easy: a. sign up for an appointment and get “qualified” on the instrument you want, b. show up for user time and keep track of your time, and c. pay your bill. If you need help, we will help you. If you need someone to do it for you, we will charge you. If you can't afford it, we will usually help out.               What is the cost? This depends on who you are.  The University has bought a certain amount of time for its own faculty to use.  So if you are a faculty member most things are under $50/hour (this is your contribution to the total cost). If you are an outside industrial or academic researcher, then our University is not supplementing you and most things cost a little more: just at or under $100/hour. But, you could be collaborating with a WFU researcher. In that case you get to pay what the WFU PI is paying (they sponsor you). And, if you are an undergrad in a WFU entrepreneurship program there you have free access to most things.  Again, this is courtesy of WFU. ​

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Visit the Center

The Nanotechnology Center welcomes visitors at any time during the working hours of the lab.  Tour groups from local schools, summer camps, civic groups, youth groups, etc. can be hosted with grade appropriate presentations, activities and demonstrations. We can also work with your local school to design and implement summer experiences for students. For more information contact:


location of main facility: 

95 W 32nd Street  Winston-Salem NC 27105

main number: 336 727 1804

There is ample parking for busses etc. The Center has a large interaction/lecture space for groups of up to 25/30. 

Explorers and discoverers still visit WFU and its Nanotech Center - like Scott Kelly the Astronaut who has spent the most time at one stretch in space. Here, one of the Nanotech Grad Students discusses his research with Astronaut Kelly. Below are various summer camps the Center has run.
Nano and Quantum Science in NC
Known for its warm, lazy, summers, its colorful falls, and its love for college basketball, Tobacco Road (a nickname for the region) is among the largest and most robust regional centers for Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, and Quantum Information research in the U.S. From the Research Triangle Park near Raleigh, to the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in the Piedmont, to the Charlotte Research Park, NC has a wealth of well established, well funded and supported research institutions that carry out research in these areas. Many work with NanoteQ here in Winston-Salem. Take a few minutes to tour the programs around us online, and find out why so many people find NC a great place to be a scientist.

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