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Sub-nanometer pores in two-dimensional materials for nanofluidics, sensing and energy applications


Material Measurement Laboratory, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

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50.64.72.C0694 Boulder, CO

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Alex Smolyanitsky 303.497.6577


Recent advances in fabrication make solid sub-nanometer pores in two-dimensional (2D) materials a reality. Such pores, often resulting from merely a dozen or so atomic sites ejected from the host 2D lattice, promise to revolutionize a diverse range of applied areas, including water desalination, biomolecule sensing, and power generation.

Our group at NIST has recently started a collaboration with UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory aimed at investigating 2D sub-nm pores with properties engineered at the atomic level for specific applications. Qualified candidates are encouraged to propose theoretical and computational projects focused on the fundamental and applied topics involving solid-state 2D sub-nm pores, listed as follows:

We also welcome proposals on related topics not specifically listed above.

Selected publications

  1. A. Smolyanitsky and B. Luan, Nanopores in Atomically Thin 2D Nanosheets Limit Aqueous Single-Stranded DNA Transport. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2021. 127(13): p. 138103.
  2. A. Fang, et al., J. Phys. Chem. C. Mechanosensitive Ion Permeation across Subnanoporous MoS2 Monolayers 2019, 123(6): p. 3588–3593.
  3. A. Fang, et al., Highly mechanosensitive ion channels from graphene-embedded crown ethers. Nature Materials, 2019. 18(1): p. 76-81.
  4. A. Smolyanitsky, et al., Aqueous Ion Trapping and Transport in Graphene-Embedded 18-Crown-6 Ether Pores. ACS Nano, 2018. 12(7): p. 6677-6684.
nanopore; nanofluidics; chemistry; physics; chemical engineering; materials science; nanomechanics; 2D materials; theory; simulation; computational; density functional theory; molecular dynamics; transition state theory


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$74,950.00 $3,000.00
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