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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

The Kavli Nanoscience Institute invites applications and nominations for Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in Nanoscience. This Fellowship Program has been established to offer scientists, typically within a few years after receipt of the Ph.D. degree, the opportunity to pursue new and innovative experimental research at the frontiers of nanoscience and engineering. Learn more… 09-29-14

2014 MRS Fall Meeting Speaker
greerThe MRS Awards Committee has selected KNI Board member, Julia Greer, to deliver the Kavli Early Career Lecture-ship in Nanoscience at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting on November 30. 09-21-14

2014 Kavli Prize CeremonyYeh
Nai-Chang Yeh, Co-Director of the KNI, shown at an event surrounding the 2014 Kavli Prize ceremony in Norway. Included in the photo is Gunnar Nilsen, nephew of Fred Kavli and member of the Kavli Foundation Board of Directors; and Jackie Hewitt, Director of the Kavli Institute at MIT.
Photographer: Glenn Røkeberg


2014 Kavli Prize laureates announced

Watch the webcast and learn more about the laureates here.

KNI-MDL Seminar Series
The Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) at Caltech and the Microdevices Laboratory (MDL) at JPL host KNI-MDL Seminar series, featuring talks on current research at each facility. The monthly series returns on Tuesday, October 7, at 4 pm in 125 Steele Lab, with an informal reception to follow. Nicolas Lee from Caltech will speak on "Membrane Packaging Techniques for Space Applications", and Case Bradford from JPL will give the second talk: "Deployable Space Structures: Capabilities and Current Development Activities". 09-23-14

Ceramics Don't Have To Be Brittle
Researchers in Julia Greer's group have developed a method for constructing new structural materials by taking advantage of the unusual properties that solids can have at the nanometer scale. Read more in the Caltech Media article or the Science article. 09-22-14

Applied Physics Prize
atwaterHarry Atwater, KNI board member and director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute, has been named a recipient of this year's Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics. He has made key contributions to the research area of nanophotonics, the science of light at the nanoscale, in particular, pioneering the use of metallic nanostructures that support optical resonances called surface plasmons, to control light at the nanoscale. Read more. 09-09-14

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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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