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Located at the California Institute of Technology, the KAVLI NANOSCIENCE INSTITUTE emphasizes nano-scale research in frontiers of quantum matter and technology, medical and bio-engineering, and sustainability.

A core mission of the KNI is to push the state-of-the-art beyond current capabilities in nanofabrication. To this end, the KNI has pursued aggressive acquisition of strategic instrumentation for advanced nanofabrication capabilities. Our multi-user laboratories and cleanrooms for nanostructure synthesis, fabrication, and characterization are available to users from both academia and industry. Click here for more background and history.


In the News


Exploring the Quantum Realm

Partnering with Stephen Hawking and actress Zoe Saldana, the KNI today joins Caltech's Institute of Quantum Information and Matter, Trouper Productions and Cinestar Pictures in releasing ["Quantum is Calling."] Directed by Alex Winter, the short film features Saldana and Hawking solving a cryptic riddle when Simon Pegg's cat disappears into the Quantum Realm.The video is designed to stimulate interest and promote education in the emerging scientific field of quantum information theory and quantum computing.

Van Gogh at the Nanoscale


Credit: Paul Rothemund and Ashwin Gopinath/ Caltech
By recreating van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” at the Nano scale, KNI researcher Ashwin Gopinath, from the Rothemund Group was able to demonstrate how the precise placement of DNA origami can be used to build chip-based devices like computer circuits at smaller scales than ever before. Possible applications include drug delivery and building Nano scale computers. The device fabrication was done in the KNI lab.
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Nurturing Nanoscience

The Division of Engineering and Applied Science's ENGenious magazine sat down with the KNI's two Fletcher Jones Foundation Co-Directors to discuss the past, present and future contributions of the KNI as an intellectual hub and facilitator of cross-disciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology. [Read the article here]

KNI-Wheatley Scholar Announced


The KNI is pleased to announce that Andrei Faraon, Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science, has been named as the first KNI-Wheatly Scholar in Nanoscience. This is a new program for tenure-track faculty. Faraon will receive $25,000 in research funding and will introduce his nanoscience research during a public lecture in the spring of 2017.

New Research Capabilities
The KNI was recently awarded a Major Research Instrument (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which will allow for the purchase of a three ion beam microscopy system for advanced nano fabrication and imaging. This tri-beam system can provide unprecedented resolution, precision and versatility for state-of-the-art nanoscale fabrication and characterization. The tri-beam system is expected to become a flagship instrument of the KNI because of its unique capabilities.


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