Nanofluidics is a growing field at the forefront of current science that focuses on the intriguing behavior of fluids and electrolytes under confinement. Our lab specifically explores the unique physics encountered when confinement reaches the molecular scale. In this regime, fluid phases emerge that have no bulk counterpart, enhanced ion correlations give rise to nonlinear conduction phenomena, and quantum effects impact mass transport rates. We utilize and engineer precision pore devices based on low-dimensional materials to uncover the underlying mechanisms at play, and to inform the development of theories capable of accurately describing them. Progress in this field offers exciting opportunities for the development of new technologies for separation, energy harvesting, or chemical information processing.
Iontronics & Nanoscale Electrochemistry
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Solid State Ionics
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Low-dimensional materials properties
Our lab is dedicated to advancing the physics of low-dimensional materials, as well as the understanding and engineering of defects in these. The interest is twofold: (1) vacancy defects may serve as highly selective and permeable nanopores for mass and charge transport, and (2) certain defects in materials such as hexagonal boron nitride act as quantum emitters that may serve as atomic scale sensors in fluidic applications. We use high end Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy to investigate these, as well as the electronic and vibrational properties of the lattice in different environments and conditions. Our lab also has a keen interest in low-dimensional materials synthesis, which allows us to explore their properties systematically and discover new ways to improve their performance.