Electronic computing and communications have come a very long way since the days of radio telegraphy and vacuum tubes, with consumer devices now containing levels of processing power and memory that would be unimaginable just a few decades ago.
A team led by Alireza Marandi have developed a switch—one of the most fundamental components of computing—using optical, rather than electronic, components. The development could aid efforts to achieve ultrafast all-optical signal processing and computing.
Scott Cushing, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a $1.1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to build a new type of all-electron instrument for measuring processes that happen on a femtosecond timescale (a millionth of a billionth of a second).
For the past two decades, the Greer lab has been at the forefront of creating new materials whose structures are designed and controlled at the smallest level, giving them unusual and useful properties.
The ability to turn superconductivity off and on with a literal flip of a switch in so-called "magic-angle twisted graphene" has allowed engineers at Caltech to observe an unusual phenomenon that may shed new light on superconductivity in general.
The Shirley M. Malcom Prize for Excellence in Mentoring, first established in 2021, was created to recognize and celebrate the important role mentors serve during the education, training, and advancement of promising students and scientists.
KNI welcomes its newest cohort of SURF-the-WAVE summer undergraduate research fellows!
Professor Yeh will discuss the design and properties of quantum materials at the Caltech Science Exchange on May 25.
KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Haozhe 'Harry' Wang receives the Best Poster Award at the Spring MRS conference.
We developed DNA origami in 2006. The process has the potential to influence a variety of applications from drug delivery to the construction of nanoscale computers.
The Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech is an intellectual hub and facilitator of nanoscale research at the frontiers of electronics, photonics, quantum matter and technology, medical engineering, bioengineering, and sustainability.
Our multi-user laboratories and cleanrooms are located in the Steele Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Specially designed for nanostructure synthesis, fabrication, and characterization, our facilities are available to researchers within Caltech and across academia, government, and industry.
I build devices based on the fundamentals of light–matter interaction. They are all fabricated in the KNI. All this work would be impossible without it. I also bounce ideas off of KNI faculty - they are as good as it gets.
Greer’s research focuses on creating and characterizing classes of materials with multi-scale microstructural hierarchy, which combine three-dimensional (3D) architectures with nanoscale-induced material properties. Her group develops fabrication and syntheses of micro- and nano-architected materials using 3D lithography, nanofabrication, and additive manufacturing (AM) techniques, and investigate – among others - their mechanical, biochemical, electrochemical, electromechanical, and thermal properties as a function of architecture, constituent materials, and microstructural detail. We strive to uncover the synergy between the internal atomic-level microstructure and the nano-sized external dimensionality, where competing material- and structure-induced size effects drive overall response and govern these properties. Specific topics include chemical and biological devices, ultra-lightweight energy storage systems, damage-tolerant fabrics, additive manufacturing, shape memory polymers, hydrogels, and smart, multi-functional materials.