Advanced Materials and Nanoscience News

12/15/2014 09:46:33
Douglas Smith
Integrating optics and electronics into systems such as fiber-optic data links has revolutionized how we transmit information. A second revolution awaits as researchers seek to develop chips in which individual atoms control the movement of light within the chip through optical "wires," and photons could replace electrons as the vehicle for performing computations. Andrei Faraon (BS '04), an assistant professor of applied physics and materials science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, presents a preview of this revolution at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
An optical bench in the Faraon lab.
05/01/2014 15:37:35
Cynthia Eller
A National Medal of Technology recipient in 2003, Mead is celebrating his 80th birthday on May 1, 2014. He remains as passionate today about science and engineering as he ever was ("There isn't really a time when you're too old to have new ideas," he says).
04/28/2014 11:35:35
Cynthia Eller
The AAAS has elected three Caltech faculty members—John Brady, Kenneth Farley, and Fiona Harrison—as fellows. Also named to the academy was Katherine T. Faber, who will be joining the Caltech faculty in July.
02/21/2014 18:26:11
Cynthia Eller
Erik Winfree explains, "I tend to think of cells as really small robots. Biology has programmed natural cells, but now engineers are starting to think about how we can program artificial cells."
02/11/2014 11:31:31
Douglas Smith
In a Watson Lecture on February 12, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Dennis Kochmann will explain how controlling a material's complex structural details from the atomic scale up can affect its behavior in everyday life.
11/13/2013 11:44:40
Cynthia Eller
MedE pulls together faculty from a broad range of specialties, both within EAS and outside it, to create an interdisciplinary program in a critical area of engineering.
11/01/2013 15:39:21
Douglas Smith
Caltech's Axel Schere is miniaturizing medical equipment (without benefit of a shrink ray). He'll tell us how to make a sensor small enough to be injected into an artery.
09/05/2013 10:57:22
Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech engineers have mimicked lightweight yet strong biological materials by creating nanostructured, hollow ceramic scaffolds, and have found that their small building blocks, or unit cells, display remarkable strength and resistance to failure despite being more than 85 percent air.
08/08/2013 13:52:39
Jessica Stoller-Conrad

Caltech professors Nai-Chang Yeh and

02/11/2013 14:14:33
Douglas Smith
What makes an earthquake go off? Why are earthquakes so difficult to forecast? Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Geophysics Nadia Lapusta gives us a close-up look at the moving parts, as it were, at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
02/07/2013 19:35:51
Kimm Fesenmaier
Laying the groundwork for an on-chip optical quantum network, a team of Caltech researchers has shown that defects in diamond can be used as quantum building blocks that interact with one another via photons, the basic units of light.
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