A team of engineers and scientists at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes using a mechanism similar to the one used by the organ that allows pit vipers to sense their prey.
The Division of Engineering and Applied Science's ENGenious magazine sat down with the KNI's two Fletcher Jones Foundation Co-Directors to discuss the past, present and future contributions of the KNI as an intellectual hub and facilitator of cross-disciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Partnering with Stephen Hawking and actress Zoe Saldana, the KNI joins Caltech's IQIM, Trouper Productions and Cinestar Pictures in releasing Quantum is Calling. Directed by Alex Winter, the short film features Saldana and Hawking solving a cryptic riddle when Simon Pegg's cat disappears into the Quantum Realm. The video is designed to stimulate interest and promote education in the emerging scientific field of quantum information theory and quantum computing.
In the early 1990s, KNI-Affiliated faculty member Jacqueline Barton, the John G. Kirkwood and Arthur A. Noyes Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, discovered an unexpected property of DNA—that it can act like an electrical wire to transfer electrons quickly across long distances. Later, she and her colleagues showed that cells take advantage of this trait to help locate and repair potentially harmful mutations to DNA.
Caltech has long brought together masters from many fields to create the unimaginable. In the field of silicon photonics, in particular, the open and collaborative culture of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science has allowed for the assembly of an incredible orchestra of scientific expertise.
Capable of rapidly developing resistance to therapeutic drugs, cancer often manages to render those drugs ineffective in slowing its progress. KNI Board member Jim Heath and colleagues have new research that suggests that the right combination of drugs could potentially overcome this resistance and stop a tumor in its tracks.
Research done in the KNI facility by Scherer Group members, Max Jones and Daniil Lukin was featured in the NY Times. As today's transistors get smaller, the more they leak electrons, so an older technology using vacuum tubes is making a comeback.
The KNI was recently awarded a Major Research Instrument (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which allowed for the purchase a three ion beam microscopy system for advanced nano fabrication and imaging.
Professor Nai-Chang Yeh, Co-Director of the KNI, was featured in a recent episode of the Horizons series "Abundant World”, by the BBC World News, for her research on graphene. The episode that featured Professor Yeh and a staff scientist in her group, Dr. David Boyd, was filmed at the KNI and at one of Professor Yeh’s labs. The “Abundant World” episode can be viewed online.
We developed DNA origami in 2006. The process has the potential to influence a variety of applications from drug delivery to the construction of nanoscale computers.
Painter’s research looks at ways to create new optical materials and devices through the development of nano-scale fabrication techniques and through the exploration of novel physics. The type of research ranges from theory and design, to the fabrication and characterization of devices, and is naturally inter-disciplinary.
Yeh’s principal research field is experimental condensed matter physics, with special emphasis on correlated electronic systems, topological matter, spintronics, low-dimensional systems, nanoscience and nanotechnology, scanning probe microscopy, energy research including photovoltaic and fuel cells, and precision measurements using superconducting technology.
I build devices based on the fundamentals of light–matter interaction. They are all fabricated in the KNI. All this work would be impossible without it. I also bounce ideas off of KNI faculty - they are as good as it gets.
The Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech is an intellectual hub that helps facilitate nanoscale research at the frontiers of quantum matter
and technology, medical and bioengineering,
Our multi-user laboratories and cleanrooms are located in the Steele Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. These facilities, designed for nanostructure synthesis, fabrication, and characterization are available to users from academia, government,