KNI News

Faraon Lab Uncovers Collectively Induced Transparency Phenomenon
Newly Observed Effect Makes Atoms Transparent to Certain Frequencies of Light
May 12, 2023

A newly discovered phenomenon dubbed "collectively induced transparency" (CIT) causes groups of atoms to abruptly stop reflecting light at specific frequencies.

KNI Catalyst Awards
2023 KNI Catalyst Award Nominations are Open
April 24, 2023

The KNI Catalyst Award recognizes change agents, allies and organizers of advancements in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in STEM. Nominate a colleague by May 7!

Chiara Daraio
Watson Lecture by Prof. Chiara Daraio, Wed., May 10, 2023
April 5, 2023

Professor Daraio will give the Earnest C. Watson Lecture in May 2023 on "Making Wearable Materials Smarter".

Gordon Moore
Caltech Pays Tribute to Alumnus, Electronic and Technology Pioneer, and Visionary Philanthropist Gordon Moore
March 27, 2023

Alumnus, Caltech Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus, and visionary philanthropist Gordon Earle Moore (PhD '54), a pioneer of the modern electronics industry and a cofounder of Intel Corporation, passed away on March 24, 2023. He was 94 years old.

Knots Smaller Than Human Hair Make Materials Unusually Tough
Knots Smaller Than Human Hair Make Materials Unusually Tough
March 9, 2023

In the latest advance in nano- and micro-architected materials, engineers at Caltech have developed a new material made from numerous interconnected microscale knots.

Two Caltech Faculty Members Named Sloan Fellows
Two KNI-affiliated Faculty Members Named Sloan Fellows
February 27, 2023

Two Caltech professors have been awarded 2023 Sloan Research Fellowships: Alireza Marandi, assistant professor of electrical engineering and applied physics; and Kimberly See, assistant professor of chemistry.

Boosting Superconductivity in Graphene Bilayers
Boosting Superconductivity in Graphene Bilayers
February 24, 2023

Nearly a decade ago, researchers heralded the discovery of a new wonder class of ultrathin materials with special optical and electrical properties that made it a potential rival for graphene, a form of carbon discovered in 2004 whose own special properties interest both scientists and engineers.

2023 KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize Fellowships
Applications are Open for Summer Research Fellowships at Caltech
December 13, 2022

The KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize fellowship program supports non-Caltech undergraduates who are interested in pursuing nanoscience-based projects.

Caltech Ranked #1 in "Best Universities for Optics" by U.S. News & World Report
December 7, 2022

Caltech takes the number one spot and receives a subject score of 100 for Best Global Universities for Optics, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Photonic Chip - Marandi
New Photonic Chip "Squeezes" More out of Light
September 16, 2022

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.

Judith (Judy) Wheatley
Remembering Judy Wheatley
August 7, 2022

We are saddened by the recent passing of Judy Wheatley. Judy, along with her husband Chuck Wheatley, was a key contributor to the Kavli Nanoscience Institute.

Nils Asplund
Remembering Nils Asplund
August 5, 2022

With great sadness, we share the news of the passing of Nils Asplund, who served as the "MacGyver" of the KNI from 2006-2017, and contributed 41 years of service to Caltech.

All-optical switch
New Optical Switch Could Lead to Ultrafast All-Optical Signal Processing
August 1, 2022

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
Scott Cushing Receives Grant to Build Ultrafast All-Electron Instrumentation
July 30, 2022

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).

Carlos Portela
Nano-Architected Materials Offer New Frontier in Technology
July 27, 2022

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.

Nadj-Perge team's twisted layer graphene
Unusual Superconductivity Observed in Twisted Trilayer Graphene
July 11, 2022

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.

Scott Cushing
Scott Cushing Named Inaugural Malcom Prize Recipient
June 22, 2022

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.

2022 KNI SURF-the-WAVE Fellows
2022 KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize Fellows
June 14, 2022

KNI welcomes its newest cohort of SURF-the-WAVE summer undergraduate research fellows!

Nai-Chang Yeh
"The Power of Quantum Materials" with Nai-Chang Yeh
May 19, 2022

Professor Yeh will discuss the design and properties of quantum materials at the Caltech Science Exchange on May 25.

Haozhe 'Harry' Wang
Dr. Haozhe Wang Wins Best Poster at Spring MRS
May 18, 2022

KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Haozhe 'Harry' Wang receives the Best Poster Award at the Spring MRS conference.

 An artist's illustration of the concept of topological dissipation in a photonic resonator network. Credit: Nicolle R. Fuller, Sayo Studio
Pioneering New Frontiers in Topological Physics
May 2, 2022

A team of engineers led by Caltech's Alireza Marandi recently opened a new frontier in topological physics, which is the field that seeks to understand the topological properties that arise in coupled systems based on how they are organized and coupled.

Rebecca Gallivan
Rebecca Gallivan Receives the 2022 KNI Catalyst Award
April 21, 2022

We interviewed graduate researcher Rebecca Gallivan, 2022 KNI Catalyst Award winner, about her STEM-related outreach and mentorship work with local Pasadena students and families. Learn more about her contributions and insights.

2022 KNI Catalyst Award Winner
2022 KNI Catalyst Award Winner and Runners Up
April 17, 2022

Materials Science graduate researcher Rebecca Gavillian receives the 2022 KNI Catalyst Award for her mentorship and outreach efforts.

KNI FAST Prize Awardee
Inaugural KNI FAST Prize Awarded to Proposal for 3D Nanoscale Analysis
February 7, 2022

Winning project on serial section tomography by dual beam microscopy will bring 3D nanoscale analysis capabilities to the KNI Laboratory.

Journal of Fungi Jan 2022 Cover
Cover of January's Issue of "Journal of Fungi" Features Image from KNI Lab
February 3, 2022

The cover photo selected for the January issue of Journal of Fungi was taken on a scanning electron microscope located in the KNI Laboratory.

Austin Minnich
Austin Minnich Joins KNI Faculty Board
February 2, 2022

Professor Austin Minnich becomes the newest member of the KNI faculty board.

Art as Science Winners
Winners of the KNI "Art as Science" Contest
January 28, 2022

KNI Lab member Dr. Ceth Parker (JPL) submitted the first place scientific image. Congratulations!

Mohammad Mirhosseini is the recipient of the 2022 KNI-Wheatley Scholarship in Nanoscience
Mohammad Mirhosseini Named 2022 KNI-Wheatley Scholar
January 17, 2022

Dr. Mirhosseini is the fifth KNI-Wheatley Scholar in Nanoscience.

Glasswing Butterfly
Butterfly-inspired Nanotechnology Featured on PBS NOVA
January 10, 2022

Dr. Radwanul Siddique is featured on PBS NOVA for his work on developing new technologies for optical implants, inspired by the glasswing butterfly.

Teri Odom - KNI Distinguished Seminar
KNI Distinguished Webinar with Teri Odom (Northwestern University) on Tuesday, December 7
November 19, 2021

Join us for our final KNI Distinguished Webinar with Dr. Teri Odom of Northwestern University on Tuesday, December 7, 2021

3d photonic crystal lattices from the Greer Lab
Greer Lab Demonstrates an All-Angle Negative Refraction 3D Photonic Crystal
October 29, 2021

The architected nanolattices have the potential to serve as new optical components and devices across infrared frequencies.

Dr. R. Lee Penn
Diverse Minds Seminar with Dr. R. Lee Penn
October 29, 2021

Join us on Tuesday, November 16th for an engaging scientific talk and discussion with Dr. R. Lee Penn (University of Minnesota) on their passionate advocacy work in STEM.

October 26, 2021

The call for proposals for the inaugural KNI FAST Prize is now open. Learn more about this small-scale research award for Caltech faculty & KNI staff collaboration.

Black phosphorus three atoms thick
Controlling Light with a Material Three Atoms Thick
October 25, 2021
Chad A. Mirkin (Northwestern University)
KNI Distinguished Webinar with Chad A. Mirkin (Northwestern University) - Mon, Nov 1
October 22, 2021

Dr. Chad A. Mirkin (Northwestern University) will give the next KNI Distinguished Seminar on Monday, November 1.

KNI Seminar with Dr. Lucy Li
KNI Special Seminar: Dr. Lucy Li, KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellow - Nov 9
October 19, 2021

Dr. Lucy Li will present her latest research on "Light-Driven Catalysis: Untangling Thermal and Non-thermal Effects".

2021 KNI Postdoctoral Fellows
Meet the 2021 KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellows
October 2, 2021

Welcome Drs. Aisulu Aitbekova and Haozhe Wang!

Mikhail Shapiro
Mikhail Shapiro Named HHMI Investigator
October 1, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Mikhail Shapiro on being named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator this year!

Jennifer A. Lewis - KNI Distinguished Seminar
KNI Distinguished Webinar with Jennifer A. Lewis (Harvard University) - Tues, Oct 5
September 20, 2021

Dr. Lewis will present her group's latest developments on "Responsive soft matter via 3D multi-material printing" at this free, public event.

Joseph Falson
Joseph Falson Named Moore Fellow
August 23, 2021

Congratulations to Joe Falson on being named a Moore Fellow!

Chiara Daraio
$3M Center to Advance At-Home Health Care Technology
July 12, 2021

Daraio to lead the Caltech arm of a multi-institute partnership aimed at developing clinically-validated technologies for remote patient healthcare

2021 KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize Fellowships
Meet the 2021 KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize Fellows!
July 1, 2021

The KNI welcomes its newest cohort of summer undergraduate research fellows.

Nano-Architected Material Absorbs Supersonic Impact
Nano-Architected Material Resists Impact Better Than Kevlar
June 28, 2021

Thinner than a human hair, new material can absorb impacts from microparticles traveling at supersonic speeds.

Ellis Meng
KNI Distinguished Webinar with Caltech Alumna Ellis Meng (USC) - Tues 5/25
May 20, 2021

Dr. Ellis Meng will discuss her latest work on "Polymer-based Microfabricated Implants".

EAS New Horizons
EAS Opportunity: New Horizons Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award 2021
May 4, 2021

The division of Engineering and Applied Science has announced a new awards program recognizing efforts across diversity, equity and inclusion.

Haley Bauser
2021 KNI Catalyst Awardee Spotlight: Haley Bauser
April 26, 2021

Applied Physics graduate student Haley Bauser is the inaugural recipient of the KNI Catalyst Awards program, which honors scientists for their outstanding commitment to community outreach, diversity, equity and inclusion at Caltech and JPL.

Daniel Mukasa
2021 KNI Catalyst Awardee Spotlight: Daniel Mukasa
April 26, 2021

Materials Science graduate student Daniel Mukasa is the inaugural recipient of the KNI Catalyst Awards program, which honors scientists for their outstanding commitment to community outreach, diversity, equity and inclusion at Caltech and JPL.

2021 KNI Catalyst Award Recipients
2021 KNI Catalyst Award Recipients: Haley Bauser and Daniel Mukasa
April 23, 2021

KNI is delighted to recognize nanoscience community members who are actively engaged in building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment at Caltech and in STEM.

Harry Atwater
New EAS Division Chair Announced
April 21, 2021

Harry A. Atwater, the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science and founding KNI faculty board member, has been selected as the new chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science.

KNI Distinguished Webinar with Paul McEuen
KNI Distinguished Webinar with Dr. Paul McEuen (Cornell) on Tuesday, April 13
April 8, 2021

Dr. McEuen will give a talk on "Microscopic Robots?" at this free, public event.

Betar Gallant
KNI Distinguished Webinar with Betar Gallant (MIT) - Tues 3/23
March 19, 2021

Dr. Gallant will give a talk on "Advancing the Materials and Chemistry of High-Energy Batteries" at this free, public event.

Wei Gao
Wei Gao Receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
March 15, 2021

Wei Gao, Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering, has been selected to receive the prestigious 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award from 3M Corporation.

KNI Seminar with Dr. Jeong Hoon Ko
Wednesday, March 11: Special Seminar with KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellow
March 8, 2021

Dr. Jeong Hoon Ko will discuss his work on "Polymer Coating of Gas Vesicles for Extended Ultrasound Bioimaging"

Rothemund Atwater Polarimeter
Researchers Demonstrate Ability to Place Nanoscale Molecular Devices in Specific Positions and Orientations
February 22, 2021

A collaboration involving the Rothemund and Atwater labs led to the design of 3,000 DNA molecules which were precisely positioned and oriented on a single chip.

Gao and Hutzler Receive 2021 Sloan Fellowships
Gao and Hutzler Receive 2021 Sloan Research Fellowships
February 17, 2021

KNI-affiliated faculty members Wei Gao and Nick Hutzler are among two of this year's recipients of the prestigious award

Dr. Jaimie Marie Stewart
Wednesday, Feb 24: Special Seminar with KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellow
February 13, 2021

Dr. Jaimie Marie Stewart will discuss her work on "Synthesis and Characterization of RNA Condensates".

Zhenan Bao
KNI Distinguished Webinar with Zhenan Bao (Stanford) on Tuesday, Feb 9
February 1, 2021

Dr. Zhenan Bao will discuss "Skin-Inspired Organic Electronics" at this free, public event.

KNI Catalyst Awards
Kavli Nanoscience Institute Launches KNI Catalyst Awards
February 1, 2021

The Kavli Nanoscience Institute has established the Catalyst Award program to formally recognize community members who are advancing equity, inclusion and diversity across Caltech and STEM channels.

Wei Gao
KNI Special Seminar with Wei Gao - January 26 @ 4 pm
January 19, 2021

Assistant Professor Wei Gao will discuss his lab's latest work on biosensors for non-invasive analysis, including testing for SARS-CoV-2.

Cynthia M. Friend
Cynthia M. Friend Named Incoming President of the Kavli Foundation
December 28, 2020

Dr. Cynthia M. Friend steps into the role of president of the Kavli Foundation following Dr. Bob Conn's retirement.

Mikhail Shapiro Caltech
Shapiro Receives $1M Grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
December 21, 2020

Mikhail Shapiro is awarded a Deep Tissue Imaging grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) for his research on acoustic biosensors

Caltech Science Journey Talk with Michael Mazza
Caltech's Campus Programs Office Features Science Talks for High School Students
December 18, 2020

Chemistry graduate student Michael Mazza presents an interesting and accessible talk and demo on carbon nanomaterials for Caltech's new Science Journeys program.

Scott Cushing
Cushing Named 2021 KNI-Wheatley Scholar in Nanoscience
December 15, 2020

Scott Cushing, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, is selected as the next KNI-Wheatley Scholar in Nanoscience.

Isabella Yang Caltech
Isabella Yang Named on Forbes' 30 Under 30 List
December 14, 2020

Isabella (Yiran) Yang in Prof. Gao's research group is named one of Forbes' 2021 30 Under 30 List in Science.


KNI Distinguished Webinar with Peter F. Green
KNI Distinguished Webinar with Peter F. Green (NREL) on Tuesday, Dec 1
November 19, 2020

Dr. Green will discuss the status, prospects & challenges of building a reliable, efficient, cost-effective low carbon energy system.

Alireza Marandi - Watson Lecture
KNI-Wheatley Scholar Alireza Marandi to Give Watson Lecture on Nov 11
October 28, 2020

Alireza Marandi will present on "The Power of Nonlinearities: Unlocking Opportunities for Sensing and Computing with Light"

Kimberly See
Kimberly See Named a 2020 Packard Fellow
October 26, 2020

Kimberly See, assistant professor of chemistry, has been selected as one of the 2020 Packard Fellows in Science and Engineering.

Integrated Neurophotonics
"Integrated Neurophotonics": A Revolutionary Approach for Brain Circuitry Mapping
October 15, 2020

KNI founding director Michael L. Roukes and collaborators have developed a novel approach for mapping thousands to millions of individual neurons in real time.

Julia R. Greer
Greer Among Select Faculty to Receive Named Professorship and Leadership Chairs
October 12, 2020

Caltech recognized 13 faculty members with the Institute's most distinguished award for individual faculty, a named professorship, and six faculty members with leadership chairs.

Gao Researchers Develop Rapid COVID sensor
Gao Group Develops Rapid Sensor for Multiple COVID-19 Data Points
October 4, 2020

Researchers in Wei Gao's group have developed a sensor that could enable rapid at-home testing for a person's COVID-19 infection status, severity, and immunity

Kerry Vahala
Vahala and Collaborators Receive OSA 2020 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award
October 4, 2020

Professor Vahala and team awarded OSA’s 2020 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award for their 2-Photon Optical Clock Collaboration

2020 KNI SURF-the-WAVE Fellows
KNI Wraps Up Its Second Year of SURF-the-WAVE
September 7, 2020

We sat down with our second cohort of KNI SURF-the-WAVE fellows and caught up on their summer experience "at" Caltech.

KNI-Affiliated Faculty Participate in National Quantum Initiatve
August 29, 2020

Caltech faculty to participate in large-scale DOE-funded quantum information and technology initiatives

AWS Center for Quantum Computing
Caltech and AWS Forge Collaboration on Quantum Computing
August 11, 2020

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) and Caltech researchers are pairing up to tackle the grand challenge of quantum computing.

Greer Group Analyzes Strength of Lithium at the Nanoscale
Understanding the Challenges Behind Lithium-Ion Batteries
August 6, 2020

Greer group examines the mechanical properties of lithium at the nanoscale in pursuit of longer-lasting rechargable battery technology.

Stabilizing Effect on the Superconductivity of Twisted Bilayer Graphene
Plot Twist: A Stabilizing Effect on Superconductivity
July 17, 2020

New study observes that superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene can exist away from the magic angle when coupled to a two-dimensional semiconductor

Pamela Bjorkman Answers Community's Questions on COVID-19
Pamela Bjorkman Answers Community's Questions on COVID-19
July 13, 2020

As part of Caltech's new public communication initiative, Science Exchange, Bjorkman leads a webinar for the community on the novel coronavirus.

Gao receives 2020 IEEE EMBS Award
Gao Receives IEEE EMBS Award
June 22, 2020

Wei Gao Receives IEEE EMBS Academic Early Career Achievement Award

2020 KNI SURF-the-WAVE fellows
2020 KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize Fellows
June 16, 2020

Meet our fantastic second cohort of KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize summer undergraduate research fellows!

Falson Novel Superconductive Materials
Discovering New Materials for Room-Temperature Superconductivity
April 10, 2020

Assistant Professor Joseph Falson investigates the effects of novel materials for building the "holy grail" of superconductivity.

First Cohort of KNI Lab Resident Experts
A Look at the First Cohort of KNI Laboratory Resident Experts
April 3, 2020

Recapping the experiences and fruitful outcomes of the KNI Lab's first cohort of Resident Experts.

Rendering of Ytterbium Ions in Optical Cavity
Faraon Group Makes Advances in Quantum Network Technology with Ytterbium Ions in Optical Cavity
March 30, 2020

Faraon group demonstrates ytterbium ions coupled to a nanophotonic cavity that are able to store information in their spin for 30 milliseconds, which may lead to new strides in quantum network technology.

Antibodies (in yellow) attach themselves to the proteins (in green) on the surface of a virus. Credit: Caltech
Bjorkman Lab Pivots Research Efforts to Help Fight Coronavirus Pandemic
March 28, 2020

Labs on campus, including Pamela Bjorkman's, utilize their technical expertise to contribute to coronavirus studies.

New Chip-Based Laser Gyroscope Measures Earth's Rotation
New Chip-Based Laser Gyroscope Measures Earth's Rotation
March 6, 2020

Vahala Group develops new laser gyroscope capable of measuring the rotation of the earth.

Greer's Self-Assembling Microstructures into New Materials
Microstructures Self-Assemble into New Materials
March 5, 2020

Greer group develops new process makes it possible to manufacture large quantities of materials whose structure is designed at the nanoscale

Martin Wegener gives MRL-KNI Distinguished Seminar
KNI Distinguished Seminar with Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | March 11, 2020
March 4, 2020

Professor Martin Wegener of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will give a special seminar co-hosted between the KNI and the department of Materials Science Research Lectures (MRL).

Flat optical lens
Highlight on Faraon's Flat Metasurface Optics
February 21, 2020

Andrei Faraon's research on flat optical lenses was recently featured on Kavli Foundation website.

Stevan Nadj-Perge
Nadj-Perge Named 2020 Sloan Fellow
February 14, 2020

Stevan Nadj-Perge receives 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics.

Kerry J. Vahala
Kerry Vahala Elected to National Academy of Engineering
February 8, 2020

Professor Kerry Vahala receives the honor of being elected to this year's cohort of National Academy of Engineering.

Jelena Vuckovic at KNI Distinguished Seminar
KNI Distinguished Seminar with Jelena Vuckovic of Stanford University | January 21, 2020
January 14, 2020

Professor Jelena Vuckovic of Stanford University (and Caltech alumnus!) gives the next KNI Distinguished Seminar.

 KNI Distinguished Seminar with Hong Tang of Yale University | November 12, 2019
KNI Distinguished Seminar with Hong Tang of Yale University | November 12, 2019
November 12, 2019

Professor Hong Tang of Yale University (and Caltech alumnus!) gives the next KNI Distinguished Seminar.

Amir Safavi-Naeini, KNI Distinguished Seminar - October 29, 2019
KNI Distinguished Seminar with Amir Safavi-Naeini of Stanford University | October 29, 2019
October 27, 2019

Professor Amir Safavi-Naeini will give the first KNI Distinguished Seminar of the new academic year.

Cushing and Marandi Win AFOSR Young Investigator Award
October 17, 2019

KNI-affiliated faculty receive Air Force research grants.

Professor Wei Gao
Wei Gao Receives 2019 IEEE Sensors Council Award
October 11, 2019

Gao is the recipient of the IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in the field of Sensors – Early Career.

2019 KNI Postdoctoral Fellows
Meet the 2019 KNI Prize Postdocs!
October 11, 2019

The KNI welcomes its three newest members of its Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships program.

Julia Greer
Julia Greer Named KNI Director
October 1, 2019

The KNI welcomes Professor Julia Greer as new Director

Mohammad Mirhosseini
Mohammad Mirhosseini to Join EE Faculty
September 28, 2019

KNI postdoctoral scholar Mohammad Mirhosseini will be the newest faculty member of the Electrical Engineering department at Caltech.

Professor Alireza Marandi
Alireza Marandi Receives 2019 Okawa Foundation Research Grant
September 20, 2019

Marandi receives grant for research project in nonlinear photonics.

Greer Group's Tunable Architected Metamaterials
Greer Group Creates Novel Tunable Architected Metamaterials
September 18, 2019

Intentional deformations add new dimension and functionality to metamaterials.

2019 KNI SURF-the-WAVE cohort
KNI SURF-the-WAVE Fellows and Their Summer at Caltech
September 10, 2019

The first cohort of KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize Fellows wrapped up their summer projects at Caltech.

Nadj-Perge image of graphene's magic angle
Nadj-Perge Group Generates Image of Magic Angle in Graphene Sheets
August 15, 2019

The Nadj-Perge group and collaborators have generated an image of the magic angle that exists when two sheets of graphene are slightly twisted.

Targeted drug delivery via microrobots
Targeted Drug Delivery via Microrobots
August 2, 2019

KNI-affiliated professors Wei Gao and Lihong Wang embark on a remarkable new way to treat digestive tumors

Austin Minnich Receives PECASE Award
Austin Minnich Receives Presidential Early Career Award
July 13, 2019

Professor Austin Minnich is one of three Caltech professors to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Harry Atwater Wins 2019 IEEE William R. Cherry Award
June 21, 2019

Atwater is recognized for his contributions to photovoltaic science and technology at the 46th annual IEEE PVSC conference.

Image of microresonator from Vahala group collaboration
Measuring Tunable Lasers with Fine-Toothed Combs
June 17, 2019

Vahala group and collaborators design vernier spectrometer with a microresonator

KNI Laboratory's New Capabilities
New Capabilities in the KNI Laboratory
June 1, 2019

Over the last few years, the Kavli Nanoscience Institute has made a concerted effort to increasing the technical capabilities within the KNI Laboratory.

David Tirrell
David Tirrell Elected into the American Philosophical Society
June 1, 2019

Tirrell is named a member of the American Philosophical Society at the organization's Spring 2019 Meeting.

2019 KNI SURF-the-WAVE cohort
2019 KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize Fellows
May 29, 2019

Meet the first cohort of KNI SURF-the-WAVE prize fellows.

“Magic Cavity” superconducting quantum circuit (SQC) chip
Beyond Smoke & Mirrors: 'Magic Cavity' in Superconducting Quantum Circuit
May 24, 2019

The magic cavity represents a small – but significant – step towards realizing more complex and powerful open quantum systems of light and matter, so-called Quantum Photonic Matter. 

Michal Lipson, KNI Distinguished Seminar - May 28, 2019
KNI Distinguished Seminar with Michal Lipson of Columbia University | May 28, 2019
May 9, 2019

Michal Lipson will present the last KNI Distinguished Seminar of the season of "The Revolution of Silicon Photonics"

Wei Gao's bionsensing devices
Wei Gao on Sweating the Small Stuff
May 3, 2019

Caltech article features Medical Engineering professor Wei Gao's work on personalized medical devices that analyze an individual's sweat.

Nathalie de Leon, KNI Distinguished Seminar - April 30, 2019
KNI Distinguished Seminar with Nathalie de Leon of Princeton University | April 30, 2019
April 22, 2019

Nathalie de Leon will present the next KNI Distinguished Seminar on "Engineering coherent defects in diamond".

Jonathan Simon, KNI Distinguished Seminar - April 9, 2019
KNI Distinguished Seminar with Jonathan Simon of University of Chicago | April 9, 2019
April 5, 2019

Professor Jonathan Simon will present on "Making Matter from Light: Mott Insulators and Topological Fluids".

Roukes Group's Nanoelectromechanical Oscillators
Studying Synchronicity with Nanoelectromechanical Oscillators
March 7, 2019

The Roukes group observes the complex patterns in a group of nanoelectromechanical oscillators to glean new insights on network behavior.

Marko Loncar - KNI Distinguished Seminar - March 6 2019
KNI Distinguished Seminar with Marko Loncar of Harvard University | March 6, 2019
February 25, 2019

Professor Marko Loncar of Harvard University will give the second KNI Distinguished Seminar on Wednesday, March 6.

Mahsa Kamali
KNI Spotlight: Seyedeh Mahsa Kamali's High-Performance Research
February 15, 2019

Faraon research group member challenges the boundaries of flat optics.

Ali Hajimiri
Hajimiri Wins 2019 Feynman Teaching Prize
February 15, 2019

The Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching is Caltech's most prestigious teaching honor.

Greer Group Fabricates Robust Architected Materials with Unique Properties
Greer Group Fabricates Robust Architected Materials with Unique Properties
February 4, 2019

Aluminum oxide nanolattice structures are crushed and stretched, revealing a strength-to-density ratio higher than any other reported material.

Stephen Quake Gives Inaugural KNI Distinguished Seminar
Stephen Quake Gives Inaugural KNI Distinguished Seminar
February 2, 2019

Professor Stephen Quake visits Caltech to give talk on unraveling the nature of cellular identity.

David Tirrell
David Tirrell to Receive ACS National Award
January 29, 2019

Caltech provost is the recipient of the 2019 Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry.

Professor Jacqueline K. Barton
Jacqueline Barton Wins National Academy of Sciences Prize
January 25, 2019

The award honors "innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity".

on-chip topological nanoelectromechanical metamaterials
Daraio Lab Develops On-chip Integrated Acoustic Components for Improved Communications Technology
December 14, 2018

These on-chip integrated acoustic components could be used in unidirectional waveguides and compact delay lines for high-frequency signal-processing applications.

2018 NAI Fellows Barton and Tirrell
Jacqueline K. Barton and David A. Tirrell Named 2018 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors
December 12, 2018

KNI-affiliated faculty members Jacqueline K. Barton and David A. Tirrell are named 2018 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Chiara Daraio and Andrei Faraon are appointed KNI board members
KNI Appoints Two New Faculty Board Members
December 10, 2018

Chiara Daraio and Andrei Faraon are appointed KNI board members.

Lihong Wang Gives Earnest C. Watson Lecture
Lihong Wang Gives Earnest C. Watson Lecture
November 28, 2018

Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and KNI-affiliated faculty member Lihong Wang gives Earnest C. Watson Lecture on recent research.

Victor Brar and Prineha Narang
KNI Alumni Named 2018 Moore Inventor Fellows
November 19, 2018

Professors Victor Brar (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Prineha Narang (Harvard University) are named 2018 Moore Inventor Fellows

Frontiers of Nanomechanical Systems (FNS/2019)
Upcoming Workshop: Frontiers of Nanomechanical Systems - Feb 2019
November 16, 2018

The second international workshop on the Frontiers of Nanomechanical Systems (FNS/2019) will be held in Palm Springs, California from 10 to 14 February 2019.

Dr. Kevin Moses
Dr. Kevin Moses Joins The Kavli Foundation as the Vice President of Science Programs
November 16, 2018

The Kavli Foundation announces the appointment of Dr. Kevin Moses as Vice President of Science Programs.

Faraon Folded Metasurface Optics
A Space-Saving Spectrometer via Folded Metasurface Optics
October 31, 2018

The Faraon group demonstrates a compact spectrometer with a resolution of ~1.2 nm via folded metasurface optics.

Rana Adhikari Wins New Horizons In Physics Prize
October 18, 2018

Rana Adhikari and colleagues are awarded a 2019 New Horizons In Physics Prize.

Robert Conn
Robert Conn Awarded 2018 Revelle Medal
October 18, 2018

Congratulations to The Kavli Foundation's President and CEO Robert Conn!

2018 SPIE Photomask Technology and EUV Lithography Conference
KNI Collaborators Win Two Awards at 2018 SPIE Photomask Technology + EUV Lithography Conference
October 12, 2018

Dr. Scott Lewis and Graduate Student Hayden Alty Receive Awards at 2018 SPIE Photomask Technology + EUV Lithography Conference in Monterey, CA in September.

Call for Applications for KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in Nanoscience
2019 KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in Nanoscience
October 10, 2018

The Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology invites applications and nominations for its 2019 Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in Nanoscience.


Yiran Isabella Yang
KNI Spotlight: Isabella Yang on Blood, Sweat and Biosensors: Engineering the Future of Personalized Healthcare
October 4, 2018

Graduate student Isabella Yang engineers wearable biosensors that may lead to faster, more personalized healthcare for people living with diabetes and other health risks.

superconducting metamaterials for waveguide quantum electrodynamics
Superconducting Metamaterials: Quantum Light at your Fingertips
September 26, 2018

The Painter group makes novel observations about the nature and lifetime of qubits within superconducting metamaterials via a microwave electrical circuit.

David Tirrell
David Tirrell Wins ACS 2019 National Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry
September 20, 2018

ACS's Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry is sponsored by the Ronald Breslow Award Endowment.

KNI SURF Fellow Joshua Yang
KNI SURF Spotlight: Joshua Yang
August 22, 2018

KNI SURF fellow Joshua Yang is a rising senior at University of Texas, Austin, who is studying super-conducting quantum circuits.

KNI SURF Spotlight: Maggie Anderson
August 21, 2018

Maggie Anderson is conducting research in the KNI as part of her summer research fellowship.

Bloomberg interviews Ali Hajimiri
Ali Hajimiri Tackles Out-of-this-World Ideas
July 12, 2018

Bloomberg interviews professor Ali Hajimiri to discuss his latest -- and perhaps boldest -- research project.

Atwater Advises on Breakthrough Starshot Program
Atwater Shoots for the Stars with Dielectric Materials
June 2, 2018

KNI faculty board member Harry Atwater serves as an advisor on the $100M Breakthrough Starshot Program.

2018 Kavli Prize Announcements
2018 Kavli Prize Announcements
May 31, 2018

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience!

Jacqueline Barton wins RSC Centenary Prize
May 10, 2018

Professor Jacqueline Barton is 1 of only 3 recipients of this year's Centenary Prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Faraon selected for the 2018 Adolph Lomb medal
Andrei Faraon to be Awarded the Adolph Lomb Medal
May 7, 2018

Andrei Faraon has been selected to receive the 2018 Adolph Lomb medal from the Optical Society of America.

Nature's Nano-properties Inspire Solution for Blindness
May 1, 2018

Hyuck Choo's group develops a solution to glaucoma-based blindness that models nanostructures found on butterfly wings.

Breakthrough in Optical Frequency Synthesizer Using Integrated Photonics
April 30, 2018

In a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), researchers from NIST, UCSB and Caltech - including KNI faculty board member Kerry Vahala - have made a remarkable breakthrough in optical frequency synthesizers.

Kavli Futures Symposium on Condensed Matter Physics hosted by the KNI
Videos from the Kavli Futures Symposium on Condensed Matter Physics
April 8, 2018

The Kavli Nanoscience Institute was pleased to host a Kavli Futures Symposium on the Frontiers of Condensed Matter Physics. This special one-day symposium brought together experts to discuss emerging physics and technology from the edge states of surfaces & interfaces of novel materials and nano-metamaterials.

Julia Greer's innovative battery research
Julia Greer Featured in Caltech's Break Through Campaign
April 8, 2018

KNI Faculty Board Member Julia Greer's research on improving the lifespan of batteries was highlighted in Caltech's recent Break Through story.

Asimow Group Breaks New Ground on Quasicrystal Synthesis
KNI Spotlight: Asimow Group Breaks New Ground on Quasicrystal Synthesis
April 5, 2018

Paul Asimow and his research group examine the properties of exotic solids known as quasicrystals via high-impact shock recovery experiments.

Yang and Faraon Groups Join Forces to Create a More Reliable & Predictable Light-Scattering Material
February 28, 2018

Grad student collaboration from the tennis courts to the lab leads to a surprising discovery in microscopy.

Quantum Engineering Video with Caltech Professor Oskar Painter
"Quantum Engineering: A New Frontier"
February 2, 2018

In this featured article, EAS Division Chair Guruswami Ravichandran explains how “the marriage of quantum science and engineering has the potential to result in technologies that can revolutionize all aspects of science.”