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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

Counting Phonons
New researchfrom the Painter Group describes an optomechanical device that allows quanta of mechanical vibration to be counted by optical means. A recent paper published in Nature, describes this phonon-counting technique, which allows measurement of the statistical properties of vibrational motion. 6-23-15

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.

R. Bruce Stewart Teaching Prize Paul DieterleCongratulations to Peter Hung, member of the Roukes Group, for receiving the inaugural R. Bruce Stewart Prize for Excellence in Teaching Physics. Hung, a graduate student in Applied Physics, conducts much of his research at the KNI and has been a teaching assistant in several physics courses. Hung was nominated for this award by students as well as the faculty and staff with whom he as works. [Read more] 8-5-15

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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