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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


LIGO Founders Receive Kavli Prize
The 2016 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics was awarded to Caltech's Ronald W.P. Drever, Kip S. Thorne and MIT's Rainer Weiss. The $1 million prize, presented once every two years, honors the three for their instrumental role in establishing LIGO, which led to the detection of gravitational waves.
[Read More] 6-6-16


Producing Graphene
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 found at the following [BBC link]
5-20-16

Flexible Metasurface
This device — a flexible metasurface, made of about 60 million silicon nano-posts, designed to change the optical properties of a cylinder — was made in the KNI by members of the Faraon Group.
5-20-16

Back to the Future
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.
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6-6-16


Rerouting Cancer
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.
[Read more]
5-20-16

Nanoparticle-based Therapies
A team of researchers led by Caltech scientists has shown that nanoparticles can function to target tumors while avoiding adjacent healthy tissue in human cancer patients.
[Read more]
5-20-16


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