KNI-Wheatley Scholar Announced
The KNI is pleased to announce that Andrei Faraon, Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science, has been named as the first KNI-Wheatly Scholar in Nanoscience. This is a new program for tenure-track faculty. Faraon will receive $25,000 in research funding and will introduce his nanoscience research during a public lecture in the spring of 2017.
Van Gogh at the Nanoscale
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.
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New Research Capabilities
The KNI was recently awarded a Major Research Instrument (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which will allow for the purchase of a three ion beam microscopy system for advanced nano fabrication and imaging. This tri-beam system can provide unprecedented resolution, precision and versatility for state-of-the-art nanoscale fabrication and characterization. The trip-beam system is expected to become a flagship instrument of the KNI because of its unique capabilities.
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.