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Fluid transport at the nano- and meso- scales : from fundamentals to applications in energy harvesting and desalination process

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Project "NanoSOFT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙494˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙494˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2021-03-31


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 Project objective

New models of fluid transport are expected to emerge from the confinement of liquids at the nanoscale, where the behaviour of matter strongly departs from common expectations. This is the field of the Nanofluidics : taking inspiration from the solution found by evolved biological systems, new functionalities will emerge from the nanometre scale, with potential applications in ultrafiltration, desalination and energy conversion. Nevertheless, advancing our fundamental understanding of fluid transport on the smallest scales requires mass and ion dynamics to be ultimately characterized across channels with dimensions close to the molecular size. A major challenge for nanofluidics thus lies in building distinct and well-controlled nanochannels, amenable to the systematic exploration of their properties. This project will tackle several complementary challenges. On the first hand the realization of new kind of fluidic devices allowing the study of fluid and ion transport at the nanoscale: these new experimental devices will be obtained by using nanostructures like building blocks as already shown by realising a fluidics set-up based on transmembrane nanotubes; in parallel a dedicated plateform for the characterization of fluid transport will be developed based on electrokinetics and optical detection set-ups. On the other hand, profiting of such experimental set-ups, I will look for the limit of the classical description of the fluid dynamics, focusing on new functionalities emerging from exotic behaviour of fluids at the nanometer level. This will be done by studying different kind of nanofluidics set-up such as carbon and boron-nitride nanotube, ultrathin pierced graphene and h-BN sheet and composite materials.

I aim the creation of a link between fundamental research on soft matter and nanoscience-condensed matter with a an attention on the energy production domain, assuring a fruitful transfer between the fundamental findings and new industrial applications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Eleonora Secchi, Antoine Niguès, Laetitia Jubin, Alessandro Siria, Lydéric Bocquet
Scaling Behavior for Ionic Transport and its Fluctuations in Individual Carbon Nanotubes
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.154501
Physical Review Letters 116/15 2020-02-26
2017 Alessandro Siria, Marie-Laure Bocquet, Lydéric Bocquet
New avenues for the large-scale harvesting of blue energy
published pages: 91, ISSN: 2397-3358, DOI: 10.1038/s41570-017-0091
Nature Reviews Chemistry 1/11 2020-02-26
2017 Joshua D. McGraw, Antoine Niguès, Alexis Chennevière, Alessandro Siria
Contact Dependence and Velocity Crossover in Friction between Microscopic Solid/Solid Contacts
published pages: 6335-6339, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b03076
Nano Letters 17/10 2020-02-26
2017 Jean Comtet, Antoine Niguès, Vojtech Kaiser, Benoit Coasne, Lydéric Bocquet, Alessandro Siria
Nanoscale capillary freezing of ionic liquids confined between metallic interfaces and the role of electronic screening
published pages: 634-639, ISSN: 1476-1122, DOI: 10.1038/nmat4880
Nature Materials 16/6 2020-02-26
2016 Eleonora Secchi, Sophie Marbach, Antoine Niguès, Derek Stein, Alessandro Siria, Lydéric Bocquet
Massive radius-dependent flow slippage in carbon nanotubes
published pages: 210-213, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/nature19315
Nature 537/7619 2020-02-26
2017 Eleonora Secchi, Sophie Marbach, Antoine Niguès, Alessandro Siria, Lydéric Bocquet
The Landau–Squire plume
published pages: , ISSN: 0022-1120, DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2017.441
Journal of Fluid Mechanics 826 2020-02-26
2016 Benoit Grosjean, Clarisse Pean, Alessandro Siria, Lydéric Bocquet, Rodolphe Vuilleumier, Marie-Laure Bocquet
Chemisorption of Hydroxide on 2D Materials from DFT Calculations: Graphene versus Hexagonal Boron Nitride
published pages: 4695-4700, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b02248
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 7/22 2020-02-26
2017 Mainak Majumder, Alessandro Siria, Lydéric Bocquet
Flows in one-dimensional and two-dimensional carbon nanochannels: Fast and curious
published pages: 278-282, ISSN: 0883-7694, DOI: 10.1557/mrs.2017.62
MRS Bulletin 42/04 2020-02-26
2017 Jean Comtet, Guillaume Chatté, Antoine Niguès, Lydéric Bocquet, Alessandro Siria, Annie Colin
Pairwise frictional profile between particles determines discontinuous shear thickening transition in non-colloidal suspensions
published pages: 15633, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15633
Nature Communications 8 2020-02-26
2017 Alessandro Siria, Antoine Niguès
Electron beam detection of a Nanotube Scanning Force Microscope
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11749-1
Scientific Reports 7/1 2020-02-26

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