Entry Date:
July 29, 2009

Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Research Group

Principal Investigator Rohit Karnik

The Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Research Group at MIT is focused on understanding and controlling transport phenomena in fluidic systems at the micro and nano length scales. Transport at these length scales may be affected by diffusion, surface tension, electrokinetics, and other phenomena that are usually insignificant in larger systems. These effects can be harnessed to control the flow of ions, molecules, and cells in microfluidic and nanofluidic systems for a variety of applications. Current areas of focus include label-free cell separation and analysis, microfluidic synthesis of nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery, single molecule sensing in nanofluidic devices, and nanostructured membranes for water desalination.