Journal article

Water transport inside carbon nanotubes mediated by phonon-induced oscillating friction

Ming Ma, Francois Grey, Luming Shen, Michael Urbakh, Shuai Wu, Jefferson Zhe Liu, Yilun Liu, Quanshui Zheng

Nature Nanotechnology | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2015

Abstract

The emergence of the field of nanofluidics in the last decade has led to the development of important applications including water desalination, ultrafiltration and osmotic energy conversion. Most applications make use of carbon nanotubes, boron nitride nanotubes, graphene and graphene oxide. In particular, understanding water transport in carbon nanotubes is key for designing ultrafiltration devices and energy-efficient water filters. However, although theoretical studies based on molecular dynamics simulations have revealed many mechanistic features of water transport at the molecular level, further advances in this direction are limited by the fact that the lowest flow velocities accessib..

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The authors thank the thousands of volunteers who have contributed to the Computing for Clean Water project for their enthusiastic support. The authors thank A. Michaelides and G. Aeppli for discussions. This research was undertaken with the assistance of resources from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), which is supported by the Australian Government.