Carbon nanostructure based mechano-nanofluidics

Wei Cao, Jin Wang, Ming Ma

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Fast transport of water inside carbon nanostructures, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene-based nanomaterials, has addressed persistent challenges in nanofluidics. Recently reported new mechanisms show that the coupling between phonons in these materials and fluids under-confinement could lead to the enhancement of the diffusion coefficient. These developments have led to the emerging field of mechano-nanofluidics, which studies the effects of mechanical actuations on the properties of nanofluidics. In this tutorial review, we provide the basic concepts and development of mechano-nanofluidics. We also summarize the current status of experimental observations of fluids flow in individual nanochannels and theoretical interpretations. Finally, we briefly discuss the challenges and opportunities for the utilization of mechano-nanofluidics, such as controlling the fluid flow through regulating the coupling between materials and fluids.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033001
JournalJournal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 5 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • carbon nanostructures
  • carbon nanotube
  • grapheme
  • mechano-nanofluidics
  • nanofluidics
  • vibration


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