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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

Happy Holidays from the KNI!

2015 ALMA President
Guy DeRoseAt their annual meeting in Annapolis, MD, the Association of Laboratory Managers (ALMA) elected KNI’s Associate Director of Technical Operations, Guy DeRose, as their President for 2015.  12-10-14

Curious Stardust
Jiang LiJiang Li joined other scientists supported by the Kavli Foundation for a workshop at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The result is a new science blog: Curious Stardust. Li is currently a KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellow in the Vahala group at Caltech. 12-10-14

2014 Kavli Prize laureates announced

Watch the webcast and learn more about the laureates here.

Plasmoelectric Potential
The photovoltaic cells currently being used to turn sunlight into electricity can absorb and use only a small fraction of that light, leaving a significant amount of solar energy untapped. How can that lost energy be harnessed? Members of KNI Board member Harry Atwater’s group, in collaboration with the FOM Institute in Amsterdam, have found a way to absorb and make use of these infrared rays with a structure composed of metal. This work was published in a paper titled, "Plasmoelectric Potentials in Metal Nanostructures." Read more

An ultra-sensitive needle measures the voltage that is generated while the nanospheres are illuminated. Credit: AMOLF/Tremani - Figure: Artist impression of the plasmo-electric effect

KNI-MDL Seminar Series
We are taking the month of January off. Join us on Tuesday, February 3, at 4 pm in 125 Steele Lab, for our next seminar with an informal reception to follow.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. 12-10-14

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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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