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A Giant Step toward Infinitesimal Machinery Caltech/KNI scientists and LETI/Minatec researchers from Grenoble, France have formed The Alliance for Nanosystems VLSI and are now collaborating to transform nanotechnology-based prototypes into robust, complex sensing systems. Read more... 11-05-2007

Michael Roukes Reports on Nanotech Revolution (2.8MB pdf)
NIH Director's Lecture Series 06-06-2007
NIH Record 09-21-2007

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announces a Call for Nominations for The Kavli Prize for outstanding scientific research in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, or Neuroscience. The first Kavli Prize will be awarded in Oslo in September 2008. For details about the nomination process see The Kavli Prize website. (poster 928K pdf)

The KNI is pleased to announce that Jang Wook Choi, who will be receiving a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Advisor: Professor James R. Heath) and Robb Walters, who will be receiving a Ph.D. in Applied Physics (Advisor: Professor Harry Atwater) will share this year's Demetriades-Tsafka Prize in Nanotechnology and Related Fields. 02-2007

NEMS3 2007 Summer School and Conference The purpose of this program is to provide a pedagogical introduction to the vibrant field of nanomechanics (with particular applications to biology) and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), and to bring together active nanomechanics researchers from around the world. Click here for details. 06-2007


The second workshop on Quantum Electromechanical Systems (QEM-2) will take place December 13-15. QEM-2 will focus on universal challenges that currently confront the research community pursuing quantum limited measurements with nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). Click here for details. 12-2006

Fred Kavli Named Policy Leader of the Year The Scientific American has singled out Fred Kavli for his far-sighted philanthropy: "Instead of funding research directed at near-term payoffs, as most major funders do, he is supporting nondirected basic research aimed at eventually improving the quality of life for people around the world." Read 1 page PDF.


Richard Smalley The KNI community at Caltech, along with nanoscientists worldwide, mourn the death of Professor Richard Smalley of Rice University, who was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on C60. Click here for the NY Times announcement. 10-25-2005

Inaugural Symposium The first KNI Annual Symposium was held on Monday, October 24, 2005. Click here for program details. 10-24-2005

Nanosystems Biology Cancer Center James R. Heath, the Elizabeth Gilloon Professor and Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded $18 million by the National Cancer Institute to realize and direct the Nanosystems Biology Cancer Center at Caltech. One of the research thrusts of the NSBCC is to use nanotechnology and microfluidics-based chips for profiling various cancers. The goal is to use a fingerprick of blood as a diagnostic window into health and disease by detecting a panel of serum-based proteins that reflect the onset, progression, and therapeutic responses of cancer. The new center establishes a collaborative team comprising investigators from Caltech, the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), and UCLA's Institute for Molecular Medicine and Jonnson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Former Caltech professor and ISB founder Lee Hood is a co-director of the NSBCC, and Michael Phelps, Norton Simon Professor and chair of the UCLA Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Department, is also a co-director. Read more... 10-03-2005

The National Science Foundation has awarded $11.16 million to Caltech's Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials (CSEM). The renewal funding will allow the Center, directed by Harry Atwater, Howard Hughes Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science, to continue its work in exotic and futuristic materials applications, such as macromolecular materials, ferroelectric photonics, novel composites of glass and metals, spintronic devices, and fuel cells. Research on spintronic materials will be led by Caltech physics professor Nai-Chang Yeh. A promising new research avenue in the physics of composite materials, spintronics seeks to exploit the quantum spin characteristics of electrons to operate electronic devices, rather than the moving of current through wires. Read more... 09-26-2005


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