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Science Prizes for the 21st Century —The Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Winners of the 2010 Kavli Prizes were announced June 3, 2010. Find out more...

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced an award of up to $122 million over five years to a multidisciplinary team of top scientists, including two KNI Board members, to establish an Energy Innovation Hub aimed at developing revolutionary methods to generate fuels directly from sunlight. The hub will be directed by Nathan S. Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor and professor of chemistry; and Harry Atwater, Howard Hughes Professor, professor of applied physics and materials science, and director of the Resnick Institute, will serve on the leadership team. Read more... 7-23-10

Michael L. Roukes, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering; and Co-Director, Kavli Nanoscience Institute, is a 2010 NIH Director's Pioneer Award recipient. This award of the National Institutes of Health supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering—and possibly transforming approaches—to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect ideas substantially different from those already being pursued in the investigator's laboratory or elsewhere. 07.22.10

KNI Staff Spotlight: Nils Asplund
Congratulations to Nils Asplund, Senior Research Engineer and in-house "MacGyver" for the KNI, who received a Thomas W. Schmitt Annual Staff Prize. We are grateful to Nils for providing innovative engineering support to the KNI every day. 6-4-2010

At the recent Materials Research Society meeting in San Francisco, KNI Board member Harry Atwater received the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship In Nanoscience. He also currently serves as Director of the DOE Energy Frontier Research Center on Light-Matter Interactions in Solar Energy Conversion and was recently named Director of the Resnick Institute for Science, Energy and Sustainability at Caltech. 4-29-2010

Stan Burgos, member of the KNI, along with KNI Board member Harry Atwater has developed a uniquely versatile material that could be used for more efficient light collection in solar cells. This exciting research has been published in an advance online publication in the journal Nature Materials. Read More... 4-22-2010

KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, Se-Heon Kim, will give the KNI Nanoscience Colloquium on Monday, April 19, 2010, at 4 pm in BI Auditorium. His talk is titled "A Two-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Nanocavity on Gold: Towards the Ultimate Nanolaser." For an opportunity to attend lunch or dinner with Dr. Kim, please send an email to: kni@caltech.edu. 3-26-2010

The KNI is pleased to announce that Matthew S. Eichenfield is the newest KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellow. Eichenfield's research was instrumental in a recent collaboration between the research groups of KNI Board members Oskar Painter and Kerry Vahala. [view article - pgs 26-32] 2-22-2010

Research utilizing the fabrication and characterization facilities of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute appears in the February 7, 2010 advance online edition of the journal Nature Materials. Kudos to Julia Greer and senior postdoctoral scholar and KNI member, Dongchan Jang, for developing a system for making metallic glasses that are almost vanishingly small. Read more... 2-22-2010

KNI Board members Harry Atwater and Nate Lewis join forces to create highly absorbing, flexible solar cells with silicon wire arrays. The resulting all-Caltech coauthored paper appears in the February 14, 2010 edition of Nature Materials. Co-authors include postdoctoral scholars Shannon Boettcher and Joshua Spurgeon; undergraduate student Jan Petykiewicz; and graduate students Michael Kelzenberg, Daniel Turner-Evans, Morgan Putnam, Emily Warren, and Ryan Briggs. Read more... 2-22-2010



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