• Using incredible precision, ENSI Co-Director Omar Yaghi has made covalent organic frameworks more robust for carbon capture and conversion as well as woven and therefore more flexible and resilient.

  • ENSI Co-Director Paul Alivisatos has created solar cells that capture high-energy photons with 30 times more efficiency than conventional cells.

  • Chemistry professor and MacArthur Genius grant recipient Peidong Yang makes artificial leaves that create energy from light and carbon dioxide.

  • ENSI physicist Eli Yablonovich was awarded the Isaac Newton Medal-the Institute of Physics' highest honor-for developing photonic crystals, which control the flow of light in many modern applications.

Nature is brimming with examples of efficiency, from the way plants capture energy in sunlight to the molecular machines that make muscles contract. The Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute (ENSI) at UC Berkeley, partnered with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, brings together some of the world’s top researchers from across the fields of materials science, physics, engineering, and biology. Their investigations into nature’s ways of managing energy at the nanoscale will lead to real change in our capacity to generate, store, and use energy. Together, these researchers aim to improve the performance of existing energy technologies and develop entirely new ways of harnessing energy for the world’s growing population.

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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 Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science (KIC)


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