Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors


Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Retooled Kavli Institute to focus on nanoscience ideas 'so crazy they might actually work'

Miyoung Chun, vice president of science programs at the Kavli Foundation, speaks with Paul McEuen, director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell, during a tour of the Physical Sciences Building construction site. Cornell's Kavli Institute will be housed in the new building.  Jason Koski/University Photograpy
Miyoung Chun, vice president of science programs at the Kavli Foundation, speaks with Paul McEuen, director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell, during a tour of the Physical Sciences Building construction site. Cornell's Kavli Institute will be housed in the new building. Jason Koski/University Photograpy

Abstract:
Leaders of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science want its members to go for the impossible.

By Anne Ju

Retooled Kavli Institute to focus on nanoscience ideas 'so crazy they might actually work'

Ithaca, NY | Posted on March 24th, 2010

The institute is reinventing itself into a cutting-edge, research-focused organization to support projects at the boundaries of nanoscale imaging and control.

"The unique role of the Kavli Institute at Cornell will be to identify particular areas of nanoscale science research that are at a stage where there is an exceptional opportunity for groundbreaking progress," said Robert Buhrman, senior vice provost for research.

The Kavli Institute will be located in the new physical sciences building, expected to open in the fall, and will be led by Paul McEuen, professor of physics. David A. Muller, associate professor of applied and engineering physics, will serve as co-director. Other core faculty members will be Dan Ralph, professor of physics; and Michal Lipson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; as well as two additional faculty members.

McEuen suggests that a major roadblock for transformative progress in nanoscience is "the tools that serve as 'eyes' and 'hands' for structures that are too small for us to see or touch."

As a result, the institute will focus initially on next-generation electron-beam and optical microscopy; physical and electronic measurement and manipulation; and optoelectronic nanocharacterization. With facilities and funding opportunities open to all members of Cornell's nanoscale and nanofabrication community, the institute will fund small teams for developing cross-cutting approaches at the boundaries of various nanoscale sciences. Two Kavli postdoctoral fellows will be funded per year. In addition, Kavli Instrumentation Projects will support the purchase and development of scientific tools for probing the nanoscale.

The institute's mission will complement Cornell's existing centers that cut across such disciplines as nanofabrication and nanoscale materials.

The institute's leaders emphasize that "high-risk, high-payoff projects" are to be encouraged.

"We are looking for that handful of 'It's so crazy it might actually work' ideas that would change how we see the nanoworld," Muller said.

Since its founding in 2004, the Cornell institute has served mostly as a think tank for nanoscale science, and has brought together scientists to share ideas and visions. It has supported such activities as lectures, symposia, summer schools and workshops. Cornell's Kavli Institute is one of four nanoscience institutes funded by the Kavli Foundation; 15 Kavli institutes worldwide focus on nanoscience, neuroscience, cosmology and theoretical physics.

####

About Cornell University
Once called "the first American university" by educational historian Frederick Rudolph, Cornell University represents a distinctive mix of eminent scholarship and democratic ideals. Adding practical subjects to the classics and admitting qualified students regardless of nationality, race, social circumstance, gender, or religion was quite a departure when Cornell was founded in 1865.

Today's Cornell reflects this heritage of egalitarian excellence. It is home to the nation's first colleges devoted to hotel administration, industrial and labor relations, and veterinary medicine. Both a private university and the land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University is the most educationally diverse member of the Ivy League.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Media Contact:
Blaine Friedlander
(607) 254-8093


Cornell Chronicle:
Anne Ju
(607) 255-9735

Copyright © Cornell University

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Simple attraction: Researchers control protein release from nanoparticles without encapsulation: U of T Engineering discovery stands to improve reliability and fabrication process for treatments to conditions such as spinal cord damage and stroke May 28th, 2016

Scientists illuminate a hidden regulator in gene transcription: New super-resolution technique visualizes important role of short-lived enzyme clusters May 27th, 2016

Doubling down on Schrödinger's cat May 27th, 2016

Deep Space Industries and SFL selected to provide satellites for HawkEye 360’s Pathfinder mission: The privately-funded space-based global wireless signal monitoring system will be developed by Deep Space Industries and UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory May 26th, 2016

Openings/New facilities/Groundbreaking/Expansion

Albertan Science Lab Opens in India May 7th, 2016

SUNY Poly Partnership with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization Drives Investment in and Installation of Emerging ‘Green’ Technologies at World-Class 'Zero Energy Nano' Building March 22nd, 2016

Composite Pipe Long Term Testing Facility February 10th, 2016

SUNY Poly and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announce New $500M R&D Program in Albany To Accelerate Next Generation Chip Technology: Arrival of Second Cutting Edge EUV Lithography Tool Launches New Patterning Center That Will Generate Over 100 New High Tech Jobs at SUNY Poly February 9th, 2016

Academic/Education

Graphene: Progress, not quantum leaps May 23rd, 2016

Smithsonian Science Education Center and National Space Society Team Up for Next-Generation Space Education Program "Enterprise In Space" May 11th, 2016

The University of Colorado Boulder, USA, combines Raman spectroscopy and nanoindentation for improved materials characterisation May 9th, 2016

Albertan Science Lab Opens in India May 7th, 2016

Announcements

Simple attraction: Researchers control protein release from nanoparticles without encapsulation: U of T Engineering discovery stands to improve reliability and fabrication process for treatments to conditions such as spinal cord damage and stroke May 28th, 2016

Scientists illuminate a hidden regulator in gene transcription: New super-resolution technique visualizes important role of short-lived enzyme clusters May 27th, 2016

Doubling down on Schrödinger's cat May 27th, 2016

Deep Space Industries and SFL selected to provide satellites for HawkEye 360’s Pathfinder mission: The privately-funded space-based global wireless signal monitoring system will be developed by Deep Space Industries and UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory May 26th, 2016

Tools

Scientists illuminate a hidden regulator in gene transcription: New super-resolution technique visualizes important role of short-lived enzyme clusters May 27th, 2016

Light can 'heal' defects in new solar cell materials: Defects in some new electronic materials can be removed by making ions move under illumination May 24th, 2016

More light on cancer: Scientists created nanoparticles to highlight cancer cells May 21st, 2016

Nanotubes are beacons in cancer-imaging technique: Rice University researchers use spectral triangulation to pinpoint location of tumors May 21st, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic