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  • Congratulations to Dr. Junwei Xu

    Congratulations to Dr. Junwei Xu

    On Friday March 30, 2018, the Department of Physics held a reception in honor of Junwei Xu, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Charges and Excitons in Field-Induced Organic and Pervoskite Light Emitting Devices “. Dr. Xu’s thesis was completed under the direction of Professor David Carroll. Please click here for photographs highlighting the…

  • Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Melvin

    On Monday March 19, 2018, the Department of Physics held a reception in honor of Ryan Melvin, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Bias, Uncertainty, and Ions”. Dr. Melvin’s thesis was completed under the direction of Professor Fred Salsbury. Please click here for a slideshow of photographs highlighting the event.

  • Alum Dr. Chaochao Dun wins Outstanding Scholarship Award

    WFU Physics alum, Chaochao Dun (Ph.D. ’17), has been awarded the Chinese Government National Outstanding Self-funded Scholarship Award for 2017. This award was founded by Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. This award is considered as the highest award given by Chinese government…

  • Oana Jurchescu receives award for Excellence in Mentorship

    Physics professor Oana Jurchescu has been awarded the Wake Forest University Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center’s (URECA) Faculty Award For Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work. The award was presented at the 2018 WFU Founders’ Day Convocation held in Wait Chapel on Feb. 15, 2018. The award recognizes faculty members who engage Wake Forest…

  • Announcing the Wake Forest Angela F. Harper Fellowship

    The Wake Forest Angela F. Harper Fellowship is a one-time award designed to promote the summer research of physics majors or those working in the physics department under the mentorship of a Wake Forest University faculty member across the summer months.  Applications must be written by the student and submitted to Eric Carlson, though…

  • Alum Angela Harper (’17) awarded the LeRoy Apker Award

    Angela Harper (’17) was awarded the 2017 LeRoy Apker Award, in recognition for outstanding achievements in Physics. This award is given by the American Physical Society and two awards are presented each year, one to a student from a Ph.D. granting institution, and one to a student from a non-Ph.D. granting institution. Angela was selected for…

  • Prof. Thonhauser elected Fellow of the APS

    Associate Professor Timo Thonhauser has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives upon the recommendation of the Division of Computational Physics. This honor is in recognition of Dr. Thonhauser’s contributions to include van der Waals interactions in density functional theory. Congratulations Dr. Thonhauser!

  • Thonhauser Group’s work on molecular traps featured by WFU News

    Prof. Timo Thonhauser’s research group recently published work in Nature Communications on radioactive iodide molecular traps was highlighted by Wake Forest News. The traps are metal-organic framework materials that are cheaper and more efficient at capturing iodides from reprocessing spent nuclear power plant fuel rods.

  • Richard Williams receives Physics Department Outstanding Alumni Award

    The Physics department is pleased to announce that Reynolds Professor Emeritus Richard Williams is the inaugural winner of the annual  Physics Department Outstanding Alumni Award.  The department solicits nominations from alumni and a committee selects the winner.    Dr. Williams will accept the award at a special physics colloquium in Spring 2018.  Dr. Williams retired…

  • Physics Dept Hosts Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

    On August 21, 2017, the Department of Physics hosted a solar eclipse viewing party to witness a partial solar eclipse as seen from Winston Salem, NC. Though maximum eclipse was obscured by cloud cover, department members were able to capture a few images utilizing 8″ schmidt-cassegrain telescopes with solar filters.