Thermofluid Dynamics in Nanospace

Understanding and controlling "mass transport in nanospace"

Nanomaterials (Carbon nanotubes, Graphene, Graphite, hBN, etc.) / Intercalation / Superionic conductors / Heat transport calculations

The unique hollow structure of carbon nanotubes offer possibility for quasi-one-dimensional mass transport of fluids using the interior. This can be applied for filter membranes (separation, purification and desalination), gas chromatography, templates for synthesizing new 1-D materials, etc. A challenge is to understand the mass transport in nanospace that can be very different from continuum theories. We are also dedicated to advancing the controllability of heat transport in nanomaterials. Our approach involves utilizing specific materials in which mass transport takes place in a solid phase while introducing fluidic guest molecules within the layer space of two-dimensional materials like graphene and h-BN. By studying phonon scattering induced by mass transport in these confined nanospaces, we aim to develop a novel theory that bridges the gap between heat transport in solids and liquids.