The 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

defects, charge transport, separations, membranes, water, synthesis (novel materials)

Materials Studied

Materials: semiconductor, polymer, porous

Interfaces: gas/liquid

Nanostructured Materials: 1D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

scanning probe microscopy, near-field microscopy, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), 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