New Member of the Kavli Institutes Announced

October 3, 2013
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)

The Kavli Foundation has endowed a new institute at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute (Kavli ENSI), announced on Thursday, Oct. 3, will explore the basic science of how to capture and channel energy on the molecular or nanoscale, with the potential for discovering new ways of generating energy for human use.

"The field of nanoscience is poised to change the very foundations of how we should think about future energy conversion systems," said Kavli ENSI Director Paul Alivisatos, who is also director of Berkeley Lab and the Samsung Distinguished Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry. "UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab stand out worldwide for their strong efforts in nanoscience and their research activities related to energy, so energy nanoscience is a particular strength for us."

The Kavli ENSI will be the fifth nanoscience institute among the seventeen institutes worldwide – 11 in the United States, three in Europe and three in Asia – endowed by The Kavli Foundation. “We are the sixteenth Kavli Institute, and it is great to see a new addition after ours. I’m especially happy that it creates a new connection between Berkeley and the University of Tokyo, my two home institutions,” said Hitoshi Murayama, Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe. Murayama is also a MacAdams Professor of Physics in UC Berkeley and a Faculty Senior Staff of Berkeley Lab.

The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) is an international research institute with English as its official language. The goal of the institute is to discover the fundamental laws of nature and to understand the universe from the synergistic perspectives of mathematics, astronomy, and theoretical and experimental physics. The Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU) is established in October 2007 as one of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) of the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan with the University of Tokyo as the host institution. IPMU was designated as the first research institute within Todai Institutes for Advanced Study (TODIAS) in January 2011. It received endowment from The Kavli Foundation and was renamed “Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe” in April 2012. Kavli IPMU is located on the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo, and more than half of its full-time scientific members come from outside Japan.
The Kavli Foundation, dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research and supporting scientists and their work, was founded in 2000 by physicist Fred Kavli, the founder, former chairman and former chief executive officer of Kavlico Corporation in Moorpark, Calif., a supplier of sensors for aeronautics, automotive and industrial applications.