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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

Cool Technique

KNI Co-Director Nai-Chang Yeh and co-author David Boyd have released a new study, published in the March 18 journal Nature Communications: "Single-step deposition of high-mobility grapheme at reduced temperatures". Graphene's unique properties, including a tensile strength 200 times stronger than steel and improved electrical mobility, could revolutionize a variety of engineering and scientific fields. [Read more] Photo credit: Lance Hayashida, Caltech 3-18-15

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

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: "Surface Interaction Potentials and Dynamics: Quantitative Measurements and Implications". 3-18-15

KNI-MDL Seminar Series
Join us on Tuesday, April 7, at 4 pm in 125 Steele Lab, for our next seminar with an informal reception to follow. 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. 3-18-15

2014 Kavli Prize laureates announced

Watch the webcast and learn more about the laureates here.

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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.

The KNI is located in Steele Laboratory
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1200 East California Boulevard, 107-81, Pasadena, CA USA 91125
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