Welcome to the KNI

Advancing Multidisciplinary Research in Nanoscience

Research Highlights

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.

Paul W. Rothemund
Research Professor of Bioengineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Computation and Neural Systems

Read about the Rothemund Group’s research here

Paul W. Rothemund

The KNI Co-Directors

Oskar J. Painter
Oskar J. Painter
John G. Braun Professor of Applied Physics
Fletcher Jones Foundation Co-Director of the
Kavli Nanoscience Institute

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.

Nai-Chang Yeh
Nai-Chang Yeh
Professor of Physics
Fletcher Jones Foundation Co-Director of the
Kavli Nanoscience Institute

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.

Andrei Faraon
2016 KNI-Wheatley Scholar | Professor of Applied Physics & Materials Science

Read more about Andrei Faraon and his research here


The Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech is an intellectual hub and facilitator of nanoscale research at the frontiers of electronics, photonics, quantum matter and technology, medical engineering, bioengineering, and sustainability.

Our multi-user laboratories and cleanrooms are located in the Steele Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Specially designed for nanostructure synthesis, fabrication, and characterization, our facilities are available to researchers within Caltech and across academia, government, and industry.