Cornell UniversityKavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science

Developing and utilizing next-generation tools for exploring the nanoscale world

The Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science (KIC) is focused on creating new techniques to image and dynamically control nanoscale systems and using these techniques to push the frontiers of nanoscale science. Its initial emphasis is on next-generation electron-beam and optical microscopy, physical and electronic measurement and manipulation, and optoelectronic nanocharacterization.

FOUNDED 2004
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Leadership

Paul McEuen

Director, Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science

David Muller

Co-Director, Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science

AREAS OF INQUIRY

  • Next-generation Microscopies
  • Physical and Electronic Measurement and Manipulation
  • Optoelectronic Nanocharacterization

At TED@NAS, Paul McEuen, Director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, and Marc Miskin explain how they design and mass-produce microrobots the size of a single cell, powered by atomically thin legs -- and show how these machines could one day be "piloted" to battle crop diseases or study your brain at the level of individual neurons.

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At Kavli Institutes around the world, scientists explore the frontiers of science in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics.

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