July, 2018: Guinness World Records has officially recognized KIC members David Muller and Sol Gruner for their world record for highest electron microscope resolution. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle  and The Guinness World Records site.

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July, 2018: KIC member Hector Abruna to lead the recently funded DOE Center for Alkaline-Based Energy Solutions (CABES), part of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). CABES, dedicated to the development of advanced fuel cell technologies in alkaline media, has been awarded a four-year, $10.75M grant from the DOE office of Science.  Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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July, 2018: KIC co-Director David Muller, KIC member Sol Gruner and Physics Professor Veit Elser, have developed a method for achieving ultra-high resolution for their electron microscope, using monolayer molybdenum disulfide to achieve a world record for image resolution. The Cornell-developed electron microscope pixel array detector employed in this method was developed with support from the Kavli Institute at Cornell (KIC). Read more about this achievement in the Cornell Chronicle.

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May 2018: KIC members Jie Shan and Kin Fai Mak are experts on atomically thin materials, particularly their optical and electronic properties. They are also married and were recruited to Cornell last year through the provost’s NEXT Nano Initiative. They moved their shared lab and joint research group to Ithaca and have been up and running in the Physical Sciences Building since January, where they also manage the KIC facility. Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.

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May, 2018:  KIC congratulates Executive Committee member Hector Abruna on being elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Abruna is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected to NAS in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.  This story originally appeared in the Cornell Chronicle.


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April, 2018: KIC members Jie Shan and Kin Fai Mak have become the first to control atomically thin magnets with an electric field, a breakthrough that provides a blueprint for producing exceptionally powerful and efficient data storage in computer chips, among other applications. The research is detailed in the paper, “Electric-field switching of two-dimensional van der Waals magnets,” published March 12 in Nature Materials. Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.

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March, 2018: In a study published March 8 in Science, KIC co-Director David Muller, in collaboration with University of Chicago scientists, revealed a technique to “sew” two patches of crystals seamlessly together to create atomically thin fabrics.  Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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March 2018: KIC members Grace Xing, Debdeep Jena and David Muller are among a team of Cornell researchers that have successfully devised a semi-conductor-superconductor crystal featuring gallium nitride (GaN) grown directly only a crystal of niobium nitride (NbN), a proven superconductor material used in many applications, including quantum communications and astronomy.  Their research was published online March 8 in Nature. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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January, 2018: A KIC research team comprised of co-Directors Paul McEuen & David Muller,  member Itai Cohen, and Postdoctoral Fellow Marc Miskin have built the ‘muscle’ for an electricity-conducting, environment-sensing, shape-changing machine the size of a human cell. Their work is outlined in “Graphene-based Bimorphs for Micron-sized, Autonomous Origami Machines,” published Jan. 2 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  See also the Cornell Chronicle

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December, 2017: KIC co-Director David Muller and his research collaborators have discovered a method for basically inserting a 1-D semiconductor channel into the “fabric” of a 2-D materials. The electronic band structures of these channels exhibit the proprieties necessary for future electronics applications.  This research was published in Nature Materials.  Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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Nov. 2017: KIC members Darrell Schlom and Kyle Shen address a decades-old mystery of “missing electrons.” Their work is detailed in a paper, “Lifshitz transition from valence fluctuations in YbAl3,” published Oct. 11 in Nature Communications. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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Nov. 2017: KIC members and postdocs explore the optical properties of single-atom-thick layers of graphene and report clear observations of exitons in bilayer graphene.  The research by Paul McEuen, Farhan Rana, Long Ju and Lei Wang (all affiliated with KIC) was published in Science on Nov 17, 2017.  Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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Oct. 2017:  Inspired by cephalopods such as the optopus that have the ability to quickly change color and shape, KIC member and Professor of Physics Itai Cohen has teamed up with Rob Shepherd, an assistant professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, to devise a method for precisely transforming stretchable 2D obejcts into 3D shapes. Read more about this research in the Cornell Chronicle.

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Oct., 2017: A research group led by KIC members Grace Xing and Debdeep Jena recently achieved a new record in deep ultraviolet photonics at 40% internal quantum efficiency (IQE), which is more than twice the highest-reported value for the conventional heterostructures at comparable short DUV wavelengths. Full story available on the Cornell ECE news site.

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Sept. 2017:  KIC Director and John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science Paul McEuen has been named a Citation Laureate for his seminal contributions to carbon-based electronics.  Read more about his research focus and impact.

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    NEXT is a mult-year interdisciplinary program at Cornell created to push nanoscale science and microsystems engineering to the next level of design, function and integration.

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    Other Kavli Institutes in Nanoscience:

    Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology (KNI)

    Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft)

    Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology at Harvard University (KIBST)

    Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley (ENSI)

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