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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

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.

Andrei FaraonCongratulations 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

KNI-MDL Seminar Series
Join us on Tuesday, May 5, at 4 pm in 125 Steele Lab, when Dr. Erika T. Hamden from Caltech and Dr. April D. Jewell from JPL will discuss UV Spectroscopy and FIREBall-2 [talk abstracts]. 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. 4-27-15

Painter Named Co-Director
Oskar PainterKNI 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

2014 Kavli Prize laureates announced

Watch the webcast and learn more about the laureates here.

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Moore Foundation         Kavli Foundation
Enabled by generous gifts from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Kavli Foundation, the California Institute of Technology has embarked upon an initiative to support a long-term program of innovative research at the frontiers of nanoscale science and engineering.

The KNI is located in Steele Laboratory
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