Matthew S. Hunt, PhD
Matthew Hunt is the Assistant Director of Staff Research and Lead Microscopist for The Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology. He directs research projects that are carried out by KNI technical staff, in conjunction with undergraduate researchers, with the purpose of creating new nanofabrication techniques using the KNI's leading edge instrumentation. He also manages the KNI's suite of microscopy equipment: transmission electron microscopes, scanning electron microscopes, focused ion beam systems, and an atomic force microscope.
Matt joined the KNI in 2014 after completing his PhD related to the high temperature oxidation of turbine engine materials, through which he developed expertise in a number of electron, ion and x-ray microscopy techniques. His research interests lie in the development of new lithography and microscopy techniques that utilize various beam species (e.g. helium ions, neon ions, electrons) and the application thereof to the kinds of novel materials and devices that are important to users of the KNI.