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Work Developed at the KNI On the Cover of Nature Materials

Nature: Materials
Read about the science behind the cover... (pdf) 11-25-12

Roukes Knighted
KNI Founding Director, Michael Roukes, was inducted into the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Originally a decoration instituted by Emperor Napoléon, it is an Order of Chivalry of France for academics and cultural and educational figures, and is awarded for distinguished contributions to education or culture. The Consul General Axel Cruau presented the award during a ceremony at the Athenaeum, attended by President Chameau, Caltech colleagues and family. Read More... 11-25-12

Michael Roukes knighted

Nano Insights Could Lead to Improved Nuclear Reactors
In order to build the next generation of nuclear reactors, KNI Board member Julia Greer, along with fellow materials scientists, are trying to unlock the secrets of certain materials that are radiation-damage tolerant. Read More... 11-15-2012

Developing the Next Generation of Microsensors
Oskar J. Painter, Professor of Applied Physics; Executive Officer for Applied Physics and Materials Science; and Co-Director, Kavli Nanoscience Institute, and colleagues have engineered a microscale optical accelerometer. In addition to transforming consumer electronics, such sensors could help with oil and gas exploration deep within the earth, could improve the stabilization systems of fighter jets, and could even be used in some biomedical applications where more traditional sensors cannot operate. Read More... 10-17-12

Weighing Molecules One at a Time
Michael L. Roukes, Robert M. Abbey Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering as well as Co-Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute, and colleagues have created the first-ever mechanical device that measures the mass of a single molecule. The device-which is only a couple millionths of a meter in size-consists of a tiny, vibrating bridge-like structure. When a particle or molecule lands on the bridge, its mass changes the oscillating frequency in a way that reveals how much the particle weighs. Read more... 9-13-12

Etch Tech 2012: Pushing the Limits

The KNI, in partnership with Oxford Instruments, hosted a 2-day workshop on recent progress in research and development, plus future trends in the fabrication and application of micro & nano structures and devices. Learn more. 7-17-12

Caltech Astronomer Mike Brown Awarded Kavli Prize in Astrophysics
Mike Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor and professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has been named a co-winner of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics for his efforts to understand the outer solar system—work that led to the demotion of Pluto. Read more... 5-31-12

The Science of Music
KNI Board member Julia Greer is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics. But, what you might not know is that she is also an accomplished concert pianist. She will be performing in this latter capacity at an upcoming MUSE/IQUE concert, "Ebony meets Ivory" (with the "nano-mechanics-rap" back by popular demand). 3-19-12

Fighting Cancer with Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology holds the promise of revolutionizing the way medicine wages war against cancer, from providing new ways to combine drugs to delivering gene-silencing therapeutics for cancer cells. To more fully understand the impact, The Kavli Foundation held a roundtable teleconference with four pioneers in the field, including KNI Board member Jim Heath, and Caltech colleague, Mark E. Davis. Read more... 2-25-12

New Kavli Institute Announced at the University of Tokyo
The KNI is pleased to welcome the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), located at the University of Tokyo (Todai), as the newest member of the Kavli group of research institutes. The Kavli IPMU is comprised of about 200 researchers from 15 fields, with almost half coming from outside Japan, and reflects a dedication to multi-disciplinary collaboration. Read more... 2-7-12



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