Keith Bonin

Professor and Chair
Department of Physics, Wake Forest University

310 Olin Physical Laboratory 
P.O. Box 7507 
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507 
Telephone: 336-758-4962 
Fax: 336-758-6142 

 Department of Physics



  • Phy 265 - Intermediate Lab
  • Phy 113 - Intro Laboratory 
  • Spring

  • Phy 114 - Intro Laboratory
  • Phy 262 - Mechanics

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    Research Interests and Projects

    Study fundamental optical properties of nanoparticles and use nanoparticles to study important physical systems - specifically nanomotors. Applying light forces and light torques in unique ways to nanoscopic systems to study microfluidics of dilute polymers. In addition, we are interested in computational techniques for determing forces and torques on particles trapped by light in the Mie regime, where the particle size and wavelength of light are comparable. I am also actively collaborating with biophysicists in the department to improve drug delivery via aptamers (oligonucleotides). We are trying to develop single-cycle techniques for selecting aptamers that can be useful for therapeutics or diagnostics. Another area of research involves modeling the behavior of dopamine uptake in the brains of rats and mice under varying biochemical or external influences. Specifically, we are trying to model the effects of cocaine on dopamine uptake. In addition, we are developing improved probes for voltametric probing of dopamine concentrations in rat and mice brains. More Info


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    Undergraduate students: are you interested in both physics and biology? Check out the Wake Forest Concentration in Biophysics and Biochemistry. The Concentration in Biophysics and Biochemistry allows you to obtain a BA in Physics or a BA in Chemistry, with a core set of biophysics and biochemistry courses that provide a rigorous and quantitative training, while maintaining a specific focus on the biosciences. By following the outlined Track courses, you will obtain a knowledge-base that makes you highly qualified to pursue research careers in the biotechnology industry or graduate research and education in biochemistry, biophysics, or the pharmaceutical sciences. You would also be prepared for a number of non-science careers, such as those in secondary education, business, or law. With strong biochemistry and biophysics research programs in the Physics and Chemistry Departments, Wake Forest is uniquely poised to offer this integrated and comprehensive track, with a diverse offering of undergraduate research opportunities.

    Graduate students: are you interested in interdisciplinary studies in biophysics and structural biology? Check out the Structural and Computational Biophysics (SCB) Graduate Track at WFU. This Track offers students the opportunity to obtain advanced degrees (Ph.D. or M.S.) in a traditional discipline (Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or Computer Science), while receiving broad training in the interdisciplinary field of Structural and Computational Biophysics. Track faculty represent all four disciplines and include additional affiliated faculty from Biology and Biomedical Engineering.


    Undergraduate Students - Randall Conrad

    Graduate Students - Chad McKell