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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

KNI Affiliates Recognized for Major Research Achievements

Four of the fifteen research highlights featured in 15 for 2015: The Year in Research News at Caltech were from the research groups affiliated with the KNI. A Cool Process to Make Better Graphene at room temperature was invented in the research group of KNI Co-Director Nai-Chang Yeh. This discovery could pave the way for commercially feasible graphene-based solar cells and light emitting diodes, large-panel displays, and flexible electronics.

To the casual observer, an object at rest is just that—at rest, motionless. But on the subatomic scale, the object is most certainly in motion—quantum mechanical motion. In August, members of KNI Board member, Keith Schwab’s group began Seeing Quantum Motion by creating what they called a "quantum squeezed state." The ability to control quantum noise could one day be used to improve the precision of very sensitive measurements.

3-D printing can produce a wide array of objects in relatively little time, but first the printer needs to have a blueprint of what to print. The blueprints are provided by 3-D cameras, which scan objects and create models for the printer. Researchers in the lab of KNI internal affiliate Ali Hajimiri have now developed a New Camera Chip The camera, known as a nanophotonic coherent imager, is inexpensive and small.

Researchers in the lab of KNI Board member Nate Lewis are One Step Closer to Artificial Photosynthesis and "Solar Fuels". Plants are masters of photosynthesis. Inspired by this natural and energy-efficient process, these researchers have created an “artificial leaf” that takes in CO2, sunlight, and water to produce hydrogen fuels. 12-16-15

NAI Names Two Fellows from the KNI
KNI professors Harry Atwater and Ali Hajimiri, along with fellow Caltech professor Mark Davis, have been named as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). [Read more]

AFM Workshop
The MMRC is offering a workshop on Atomic Force Microscopy presented with Bruker Corp, at Caltech’s Beckman Institute, January 27-29, 2016.
Register here

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