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KNI Affiliates Recognized for Major Research Achievements
Four of the fifteen research highlights featured in 15 for 2015: The Year in Research News at Caltech were from the research groups affiliated with the KNI. A Cool Process to Make Better Graphene at room temperature was invented in the research group of KNI Co-Director Nai-Chang Yeh. This discovery could pave the way for commercially feasible graphene-based solar cells and light emitting diodes, large-panel displays, and flexible electronics.

To the casual observer, an object at rest is just that—at rest, motionless. But on the subatomic scale, the object is most certainly in motion—quantum mechanical motion. In August, members of KNI Board member, Keith Schwab’s group began Seeing Quantum Motion by creating what they called a "quantum squeezed state." The ability to control quantum noise could one day be used to improve the precision of very sensitive measurements.

3-D printing can produce a wide array of objects in relatively little time, but first the printer needs to have a blueprint of what to print. The blueprints are provided by 3-D cameras, which scan objects and create models for the printer. Researchers in the lab of KNI internal affiliate Ali Hajimiri have now developed a New Camera Chip The camera, known as a nanophotonic coherent imager, is inexpensive and small.

Researchers in the lab of KNI Board member Nate Lewis are One Step Closer to Artificial Photosynthesis and "Solar Fuels". Plants are masters of photosynthesis. Inspired by this natural and energy-efficient process, these researchers have created an “artificial leaf” that takes in CO2, sunlight, and water to produce hydrogen fuels. 12-16-15

NAI Names Two Fellows from the KNI
KNI professors Harry Atwater and Ali Hajimiri, along with fellow Caltech professor Mark Davis, have been named as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). [Read more]

AFM Workshop
The MMRC is offering a workshop on Atomic Force Microscopy presented with Bruker Corp, at Caltech’s Beckman Institute, January 27-29, 2016.
Register here

Happy Holidays from the KNI!

KNI Board member Michael Roukes, joined by the balance of the original multidisciplinary team that spurred President Obama's BRAIN initiative, is urging government support for a series of centers that would make the research more efficient and effective. In the journal Neuron, the group proposed the establishment of "a coordinated, national network of neurotechnology centers, devoted to the creation and dissemination of next-generation tools for neuroscience, neuromedicine, and brain-inspired engineering." [Read more] 10-16-15

Neuroscience in the 21st Century

Watch the webcast and learn more about BRAIN initiative.

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., the opportunity to pursue new and innovative experimental research at the frontiers of nanoscience and engineering. Learn more...

Are Metallic Glasses Amorphous?
Researchers in the lab of KNI Board member Julia Greer have shown that metallic glasses do indeed have an atomic-level structure–if you zoom in closely enough. [Read more] 9-21-15

image Live Webcast: A Call for 'Brain Observatories'
October 30, 1 pm EDT (10 am PDT)

Join The Kavli Foundation for a live webcast about the proposal for a national network of neurotechnology centers, or 'brain observatories.' Three of the paper's imageauthors - Miyoung Chun of The Kavli Foundation, Michael Roukes of the California Institute of Technology and Rafael Yuste of Columbia University - will answer your questions about what these observatories could achieve.


Dr. Amir Arbabi/Faraon Lab/Caltech

Shaping Light in Exotic Ways
Flat devices capable of manipulatinglight in ways that are very difficult or impossible to achieve with conventional optical components have been created by members of the Faraon group. The new devices are made of silicon nano pillars, arranged in a honeycomb pattern, that results in a "metasurface" which can control the paths and properties of passing light waves. [Read more] 8-31-15

Efficient Fuel Production
A key barrier to a clean-energy economy is the ability to generate and store renewable energy. Researchers at JCAP, working with KNI Board members Harry Atwater and Nate Lewis, have made major advances towards the goal of finding a cost-effective method for producing fuels by mimicking photosynthesis. [Read more] 8-28-15

Quantum Squeezing
Quantum mechanics state that nothing at the atomic scale can quite be completely at rest. A team of Caltech researchers, led by Keith Schwab, found a way to observe and control the quantum motion of an object that is large enough to see. Per the laws of classical mechanics, vibrating structures eventually will come to a complete rest if cooled to the ground state. But that is not what the researchers observed. [Read more] 8-28-15

KNI End of Summer NANO-Q

Dr. Matt Sullivan /
KNI / Caltech

The KNI is hosting an end of summer NANO-Q for all lab members and their supporting faculty. Hope you can join the fun on Thursday, September 17 from 5-7 pm in Steele Lab. 9-17-15



KNI-MDL Seminar Series
The KNI-MDL Seminar Series will return from summer hiatus on Tuesday, October 6. The Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) at Caltech and the Microdevices Laboratory (MDL) at JPL co-host the KNI-MDL Seminar series, featuring talks on current research at each facility. 6-23-15

R. Bruce Stewart Teaching Prize Paul DieterleCongratulations to Peter Hung, member of the Roukes Group, for receiving the inaugural R. Bruce Stewart Prize for Excellence in Teaching Physics. Hung, a graduate student in Applied Physics, conducts much of his research at the KNI and has been a teaching assistant in several physics courses. Hung was nominated for this award by students as well as the faculty and staff with whom he as works. [Read more] 8-5-15

Counting Phonons
New researchfrom the Painter Group describes an optomechanicaldevice that allows quanta of mechanical vibration to be counted by optical means. A recent paper published in Nature, describes this phonon-counting technique, which allows measurement of the statistical properties of vibrational motion. 6-23-15

Inertial Imaging
KNI Board member Michael Roukes and a team of collaborators have created nano devices that can weigh and image molecules one at a time. Their paper, Inertial imaging with nano mechanical systems, was published in the online edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology. 4-24-15

The device was fabricated in the KNI Cleanroom facility.

Paul DieterleGoldwater Scholar
Congratulations to Paul Dieterle, from the Painter Group, for receiving a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. Dieterle is a junior majoring in applied physics. He works with Oskar Painter, Co-Director of the KNI, studying quantum information science. Additionally, he was recently awarded the Jack E. Froelick Award, which is an internal Caltech undergrad award for top juniors. [Read more] 6-23-15

Oskar PainterPainter Named Co-Director
KNI Board member Oskar Painter has accepted the position of Co-Director of the KNI. The KNI Board wishes to thank Keith Schwab for his service as Co-Director. Painter joins Nai-Chang Yeh in the KNI's quest to remain at the forefront of nanotechnology research. 4-9-15

Andrei FaraonNSF CAREER Grant
Congratulations to Andrei Faraon on receiving a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation, which is the NSF's the most prestigious award for junior faculty members. There are currently seven members from the Faraon Group pursuing research in the KNI Cleanroom facility. 4-9-15

Cool Technique
KNI Co-Director Nai-Chang Yeh and co-author David Boyd have released a new study, published in the March 18 journal Nature Communications: "Single-step deposition of high-mobility grapheme at reduced temperatures". Graphene's unique properties, including a tensile strength 200 times stronger than steel and improved electrical mobility, could revolutionize a variety of engineering and scientific fields. [Read more] Photo credit: Lance Hayashida, Caltech 3-18-15

Harry AtwaterAtwater Receives Honor
KNI Board member Harry Atwater was one of six professors from Caltech to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), an honor that is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. Atwater is the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science and director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute and was cited for his contributions to plasmonics. [Read more] 2-17-15

KNI Nanoscience Colloquium
On Thursday, March 26, at 4 pm in 125 Steele Lab, the KNI will host a special seminar with refreshments to follow. Paul S. Weiss, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of materials science and engineering at UCLA, who is currently the KNI Distinguished Visiting Professor, will talk  about his work on substrate-mediated interactions (perturbed surface electronic structures) and measuring relatively long-range potentials quantitatively: "Surface Interaction Potentials and Dynamics: Quantitative Measurements and Implications". 3-18-15

Nai-Chang YehThe Future of Nanoscience
KNI Co-Director Nai-Chang Yeh recently participated in a roundtable discussion on the future of nanoscience: what makes the nanoscale so important, the field's grand challenges, safety challenges and thoughts on funding, training and the future. [Read more] 1-20-15

Inventiveness Recognized
KNI Board member Axel Scherer was recently elected to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). NAI Fellows are named inventors on U.S. patents and were each nominated by their peers for their contributions to innovation. Much of his work is currently focused on systems for medical diagnosis and health monitoring through molecular pathology and wireless implants. 1-20-15

KNI Enables Major Research Achievements

Two of the fourteen research highlights featured in 14 for 2014: The Year in Research News at Caltech were facilitated by the Kavli Nanoscience Institute. A five-year effort by researchers in Amnon Yariv's lab resulted in A New Laser for a Faster Internet. The lasers were fabricated at the KNI Cleanroom facility.

Researchers from the Schwab group used the KNI to fabricate a tiny mechanical device that is only 40 microns long, or about the diameter of a hair. This device allowed them to find a way to make measurements that go beyond the limits imposed by quantum physics by [Tricking the Uncertainty Principle] 1-6-15


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