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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

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

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

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

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

2014 Kavli Prize laureates announced

Watch the webcast and learn more about the laureates here.

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