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Carroll discusses nanotechnology on PBS

David Carroll, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, was part of a panel discussion on "Carolina Business Review," produced by WTVI in Charlotte and broadcast on PBS stations recently. Host Chris William discussed the importance of regionalism and technology to the area's economic future with Carroll; John Warner, president of Swamp Fox LLC, an online networking community for business and industry leaders; and David King, chief executive officer of LabCorp.

David Carroll

David Carroll

"The kinds of things that we're very good at in this region are the sorts of things you really want to be good at," Carroll said. "The biotech industry for instance is rapidly involving nanotechnology in product lines, from therapeutics to implantable devices to stents. You're also seeing that in alternative energy ... and nanotech is really the sort of thing you need on the ground to make them happen."

Carroll, who is also an associate professor of physics, joined the faculty in 2003 when he established the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. He is a frequent speaker on nanotechnology to groups like the Tech Council of the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Two start-up companies, FiberCell and PlexiLight, based on discoveries made in his lab, were launched last summer. One of Carroll's patents was recently listed second on the "Top Ten Nanomaterials Patents Issued in 2007" by Nanotechnology Law and Business, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the legal, business and policy aspects of small-scale technologies.

— Eric Frazier
Wake Forest News Service

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