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Past Kavli ENSI Events


This event held on Friday September 28th, 2018, brought members of the Kavli community together so they can learn more about the institute's programs, the kind of research Kavli faculty groups conduct, and network with other members of the community. 


Kavli ENSI hosted a six-day joint workshops from July 16-20, 2017, at the Inn at the Tides in Bodega Bay. The workshop was between the Nano Doctoral Training Center (NANODTC) at The University of Cambridge and the Kavli ENSI. The aim of this conference is to encourage interaction on the themes of NANODTC and Kavli ENSI, by bringing a team of researchers from NANODTC and Berkeley for one week, in order to combine seminar/workshops and talk with a large cohort of researchers at Kavli ENSI.  


On Friday April 22, 2016, over sixty postdocs and graduate student from thirteen different groups attended the Kavli ENSI workshop on emerging perovskite materials. Ten postdocs and graduate students gave presentations on their research on a variety of topics related to halide perovskites. Topics ranged from devdloping new perovskite-based photovoltaic devices to sunthesizing perovskite nanomaterials to novel calculation to uncovering subtleties of the electronic properties of hybrid perovskites. Each speaker was peppered with questions following their talk.  


On Tuesday Febraury 9, 2016, a team of 13 ENSI members attended a retreat on soloar energy fuel generation hosted by Eli Yablonovitch and Alex Bell. Berkeley has the capacity to become the world leader in research on the conversion of solar energy to liquid fuels. They, therefore, propose that this Berkeley Kavli retreat is needed to set research priorities and to discuss funding opportunities for a major scientific and engineering effort devoted to the chemical storage of solar energy. 

Kavli Foundation and Norwegian Delegation Visit

On March 16, 2015, Kavli ENSI hosted a joint UC Berkeley - Livermore Berkeley National Laboratory visit for members of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Education and Research. They began their visit on the campus for a panel discussion with Kavli ENSI faculty and students and then toured campus facilities before arriving at the Livermore Berkeley National Laboratory for Molecular Foundry & ALS tours, and then met with Paul Alivisatos for a briefing. 

Talk on dft calculations

Held on Wednesday December 10th, 2014 five selected members of the Neaton group discussed the capabilities and pragmatics of DFT calculations through the lens of their very own cutting edge research, which often sits at the intersection of experiment and theory. The presentation lasted approximately 45 minutes, followed by a question and answer panel. 

Sir Richard Friend Seminar

On Wednesday December 3rd, 2014, Sir Richard Friend, gave a student seminar to the Kavli ENSI community to discuss open ended scientific problems. 

Energy and Charge Transfer Seminars

The first of these seminars was held on Thursday October 16, 2014, and had a faculty member present to students and the Kavli ENSI community on their latest research related to energy and charge transfer to generate discussion of open ended scientific problems.  

Workshop on science communications

The Kavli Foundation sponsored a science communications workshop in New York City on September 27-28, 2014 and Kavli ENSI participated in sending a student participant to this prestigious workshop. Led by The New York Times' acclaimed writer Andrew Revkin (who blogs at Dot Earth), the workshop included discussions and exercises to develop each participant's science writing skills, such as finding a voice/point of view, identifying stories, finding or creating visual elements, and building an audience through social media. Beginning in October, participants received personal writing instruction and mentoring over the academic year while contributing once a month to a science blog. Mentors included Curtis Brainard, editor of Scientific American’s blogging network, and Faye Flam, former science writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer who now blogs for MIT’s Knight Science Journalism Tracker. In exchange for being supported for the workshop, the postdoc selected to participate from among the Kavli ENSI research groups commited to mentoring and writing instruction over the coming year and agreed to work with these mentors to provide fresh science content for the Kavli ENSI at Berkeley Website and social media platforms based on the research results from among our 17 research groups at Berkeley.  

Nonlinear Spectroscopy seminar

On Friday August 15, 2014, representatives from the Fleming and Ginsberg groups gave a short presentation on the applications of nonlinear spectroscopy. The focus was on example systems under study, the kind of information accessed, and current/planned experimental capabilities in their groups. They then opened it up to discussion to brainstorm how spectroscopic techniques might be applied to problems in energy nanosciences and compliment the other characterizations used by groups in the Kavli Institute.

Catalytic Networks Lunch Meeting

On Wednesday July 16, 2014 Kavli ENSI hosted the first Kavli Catalytic Networks lunch meeting for a group of 15-25 graduate students and postdocs within the Kavli research groups who actively research a topic related to catalysis. Karthish Manthiram from the Alivisatos group presented on "Electrochemical methanation of carbon dioxide" and Yonatan Horowitz from the Somorjai group presented "Sum frequency generation in tandem with cyclic-voltammetry: Unveiling the solid electrolyte interface on Si anode and Au cathodes." Each gave a short presentation, prepared to be 15-20 minutes. To encourage discussion, questions were permitted during the presentations, resulting in significantly longer presentations than originally planned. This will continue to be a monthly meeting.  


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