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Analytical Pixels' Paris launch - c'est si bon!
Caltech president Jean-Lou Chameau was in Paris on Monday, December 12, to announce the launch of Analytical Pixels, the first start-up company to emerge from the research and development programs of the joint Alliance for Nanosystems VLSI (very-large-scale-integration)—a collaboration between Caltech's Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) and the Micro and Nanotechnologies Innovation Campus (Minatec) of the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA)—Leti research institute in Grenoble, France. Read more... 12-11-11

Light as a Feather, Stiffer than a Board!
Julia Greer, KNI Board member and assistant professor of materials science and mechanics, is part of a team of researchers from Caltech, HRL Laboratories, LLC, and the University of California, Irvine, who have developed the world's lightest solid material, with a density of just 0.9 milligrams per cubic centimeter, or approximately 100 times lighter than Styrofoam™. Though the material is ultra-low in density, it has incredible strength allowing for a wealth of possible applications. The research appears in the November 18 issue of Science. Read more... 11-17-11

The Kavli Nanoscience Institute invites applications and nominations for Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in Nanoscience. This Fellowship Program has been established to offer scientists, typically within a few years after receipt of the Ph.D., the opportunity to pursue new and innovative experimental research at the frontiers of nanoscience and engineering. Learn more... 10-27-11

For the first time, researchers at the Caltech, in collaboration with a team from the University of Vienna, have managed to cool a miniature mechanical object to its lowest possible energy state using laser light. The KNI is pleased to have supported some of the research. Read more... 10-5-11

Caltech-Led Engineers from the KNI Solve Longstanding Problem in Photonic Chip Technology
Research from KNI members Liang Feng, Jingqing Huang, and KNI Board member Axel Scherer is paving the way for the next generation of computer-chip technology: photonic chips. With integrated circuits that use light instead of electricity, photonic chips will allow for faster computers and less data loss when connected to the global fiber-optic network. Read more... 8-4-11

These KNI Members participated in the Art of Science competition this year: Dennis Callahan; Jim Fakonas; Shelby Hutchens; Siddhartha Pathak; and congratulations to Andrew Leenheer whose image of the topography of GaP grown on Si microwire array measured by confocal reflectance microscopy received third prize in the annual competition. 8-1-11

Looking to improve upon current methods of imaging, a group of researchers, led by KNI Board member Scott Fraser, has developed a novel approach that could redefine optical imaging of live biological samples by simultaneously achieving high resolution, high penetration depth (for seeing deep inside 3D samples), and high imaging speed. Read more... 7-25-11

Congratulations to KNI member Shelby Hutchens who received The Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prize in Nanotechnology for her work on carbon nanotube foams with Julia Greer. The Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes are endowed by a generous grant from Sterge Demetriades and his wife Anna Kokkalis Demetriades. 6-7-11

Winning Matters
Members of the Atwater Group and the KNI won the "Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research" Video Contest with their entry: Light Matters. It was written and directed by KNI member and TEDxCaltech speaker Dennis Callahan and stars KNI members Stan Burgos and Eyal Feigenbaum. The video is a visual journey through the science and research conducted at the LMI-EFRC research center supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Science (BES). The LMI-EFRC features a team that spans the campuses of Caltech, Berkeley and Illinois, and creates a foundational partnership between scientific leaders in optical properties of matter with experts in solar photovoltaic and photochemical energy conversion and innovators in the design and fabrication of novel electronic and photonic materials. 5-25-11

KNI appoints new Board member
The KNI is pleased to announce that Julia R. Greer, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics, has been appointed to the KNI Board. 5-25-11

Improving Health Assessments with a Single Cell
KNI Board member Jim Heath, in collaboration with other researchers, has developed a quick, low-cost, and portable microchip for immune monitoring and clinical applications. This new generation "barcode chip" allows for quick and inexpensive assessments of immune function by examining biomarkers from single cells. Find out more... 5-24-11

KNI Board member receives Early Career Grant from DOE
Julia R. Greer, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics, has received a five-year award from the Department of Energy Office of Science's Early Career Research Program for her proposal entitled "Investigation of radiation damage tolerance in interface-containing metallic nano structures." These research awards provide incentives for exceptional researchers, during the crucial early career years, to focus on research areas that are a high priority for the Department of Energy and the Nation. Read More...5-13-11

KNI Board member named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Congratulations to founding KNI Board member Scott E. Fraser, Anna L. Rosen Professor of Biology and Professor of Bioengineering, on being elected to the 2011 American Academy of Arts and Sciences class of fellows. He has joined an assembly that was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholars to provide practical solutions to pressing issues. [Caltech Feature] 4-19-11

KNI member Guoan Zheng is the recipient of this year's $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Caltech Student Prize for his sub-pixel resolving optofluidic microscope. Read more... 3-9-11

The Kavli Futures Symposium entitled "Plenty of Room in the Middle: Nanoscience - The Next 50 Years," delved deeply into the future opportunities in scaling up from atomic assembly and individual nanodevices, to macroscopic systems and structures with emergent properties and functionality. Individual talks are posted here. 1-15-11



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