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Located at the California Institute of Technology, the KAVLI NANOSCIENCE INSTITUTE emphasizes nano-scale research in frontiers of quantum matter and technology, medical and bio-engineering, and sustainability.

A core mission of the KNI is to push the state-of-the-art beyond current capabilities in nanofabrication. To this end, the KNI has pursued aggressive acquisition of strategic instrumentation for advanced nanofabrication capabilities. Our multi-user laboratories and cleanrooms for nanostructure synthesis, fabrication, and characterization are available to users from both academia and industry. Click here for more background and history.

In the News

Atwater Receives Honor
Harry AtwaterKNI Board member Harry Atwater was one of six professors from Caltech to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), an honor that is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. Atwater is the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science and director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute and was cited for his contributions to plasmonics. Read more... 2-17-15

The Future of Nanoscience
Nai-Chang YehKNI Co-Director Nai-Chang Yeh recently participated in a roundtable discussion on the future of nanoscience: what makes the nanoscale so important, the field's grand challenges, safety challenges and thoughts on funding, training and the future. [Read more] 1-20-15

Inventiveness Recognized
KNI Board member Axel Scherer was recently elected to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). NAI Fellows are named inventors on U.S. patents and were each nominated by their peers for their contributions to innovation. Much of his work is currently focused on systems for medical diagnosis and health monitoring through molecular pathology and wireless implants. 1-20-15

2014 Kavli Prize laureates announced

Watch the webcast and learn more about the laureates here.

KNI-MDL Seminar Series
Join us on Tuesday, March 10, at 4 pm in 125 Steele Lab, for our next seminar with an informal reception to follow. Boris Karasik from JPL will speak on "Detectors of Electromagnetic Radiation Based on Superconducting Magnesium Diboride". The Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) at Caltech and the Microdevices Laboratory (MDL) at JPL co-host the KNI-MDL Seminar series, featuring talks on current research at each facility. 2-27-15

KNI Nanoscience Colloquium
On Thursday, March 26, at 4 pm in 125 Steele Lab, the KNI will host a special seminar with refreshments to follow. Paul S. Weiss, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of materials science and engineering at UCLA, who is currently the KNI Distinguished Visiting Professor, will talk about his work on substrate-mediated interactions (perturbed surface electronic structures) and measuring relatively long-range potentials quantitatively. 2-27-15

KNI Enables Major Research Achievements

Two of the fourteen research highlights featured in 14 for 2014: The Year in Research News at Caltech were facilitated by the Kavli Nanoscience Institute. A five-year effort by researchers in Amnon Yariv's lab resulted in A New Laser for a Faster Internet. The lasers were fabricated at the KNI Cleanroom facility.

Researchers from the Schwab group used the KNI to fabricate a tiny mechanical device that is only 40 microns long, or about the diameter of a hair. This device allowed them to find a way to make measurements that go beyond the limits imposed by quantum physics by [Tricking the Uncertainty Principle] 1-6-15

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Moore Foundation         Kavli Foundation
Enabled by generous gifts from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Kavli Foundation, the California Institute of Technology has embarked upon an initiative to support a long-term program of innovative research at the frontiers of nanoscale science and engineering.

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