The Kavli Foundation was established in December 2000 by its founder and benefactor, Fred Kavli, a prominent California business leader and noted philanthropist. The Kavli foundation is dedicated to advancing fundamental science for the benefit of humanity.
The Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft (KIND) was initiated in 2004, as one of the new Institutes of Nanoscience founded by this Kavli Foundation. At that time, it was the only Kavli Institute established outside the US. Currently there are about 17 Kavli Institutes, with nanoscience institutes at Cornell, Harvard, Caltech, Berkeley, and Delft.
The Institute aims to be a quality-driven, intellectually stimulating institute with a broad scope of research in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The emphasis in our research, which ranges from single-molecule biophysics to quantum information processing of nanoscale devices, is on novel concepts and fundamental breakthroughs. The Institute has state-of-the-art general facilities, most notably for nanofabrication in the Kavli Nanolab Delft. Each year, 3 to 4 Kavli Colloquia are organized for which we invite high level speakers who provide a broadly accessible colloquium and who typically interact with many members of the Institute during a multiple-day visit. Starting in 2017, we created the Kavli Chair, a prestigious visiting professor program that brings a world-leading nanoscientist to Delft for a few months, as well as Kavli Postdoctoral Fellowships, designed to attract the best postdocs working across the quantum-bio boundaries. The current directors of the Kavli Institute are Professor Kobus Kuipers and Dr. Chirlmin Joo.