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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

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.
[Read More] [Paper] 7-19-16

Back to the Future
Research done in the KNI facility by Scherer Group members, Max Jones and Daniil Lukin was featured in the NY Times. As today's transistors get smaller, the more they leak electrons, so an older technology using vacuum tubes is making a comeback.
[Read more] 6-6-16

Gut Lining Findings
KNI-affiliated faculty member, Rustem Ismagilov's research group published some recent findings that show that the structure of the mucus, or gel, that lines the gut can change in the presence of bacteria and polymers. This discovery could lead to the development of new drugs or diets for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
[Read more]

LIGO Founders Receive Kavli Prize

The 2016 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics was awarded to Caltech's Ronald W.P. Drever, Kip S. Thorne and MIT's Rainer Weiss. The $1 million prize, presented once every two years, honors the three for their instrumental role in establishing LIGO, which led to the detection of gravitational waves. [Read More] 6-6-16

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