Center for Enhanced Nanofluidic Transport (CENT)


Michael Strano

Lead Institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology




To address emerging and compelling gaps in our knowledge of fluid flow and molecular transport in single digit nanopores and establish the scientific foundation for developing transformative molecular separation technologies impacting the Water‐Energy Nexus.

Research Topics

bio-inspired, defects, charge transport, separations, membranes, water

Systems Studied

Systems: ionic liquid, porous

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, inorganic/inorganic, liquid/solid

Nanostructured: 1D, 2D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

electron microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling

Partner Institutions

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland
  • Yale University

BES Staff Contact

James RustadPhilip Wilk