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Narayana Aluru


Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #9

Department Research Areas:
Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
Clean Energy Technology
Computational Engineering
Nano and Micro-scale Engineering
Thermal Fluids Systems and Transport Phenomena

Multiscale Nanotechnology Group

Dr. Aluru joined the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2021. He is also a core faculty member in the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. He received the B.E. degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India, in 1989, the M.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1995. He was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, from 1995 to 1997. He was on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1998 to 2021.

Dr. Aluru’s general area of research is computational nanotechnology. His group works on the development of multiscale methods combining quantum, atomistic, mesoscale and continuum scales, and application of multiscale methods to study physics of nanofluidics, bionanotechnology, nanomaterials/nanoelectromechanical systems, and soft matter. Some of the applications his group works on include water desalination, nanopower generation, DNA sequencing, protein recognition, 2D materials-based chemical and biological sensing, CO2 reduction, energy storage, etc.

Relevant Publications:
  1. M. H. Motevaselian and N. R. Aluru, "Universal Reduction in Dielectric Response of Confined Fluids", ACS Nano, Vol. 14, No. 10, pp. 12761-12770, 2020.
  2. S. Mashayak and N. R. Aluru, "A multiscale model for charge inversion in electric double layers", Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 148, No. 21, Art. No. 214102, 2018.
  3. J. Feng, M. Graf, K. Liu, D. Ovchinnikov, D. Dumcenco, M. Heiranian, V. Nandigana, N. R. Aluru, A. Kis and A. Radenovic, "Single-layer MoS2 nanopores as nanopower generators", Nature, Vol. 536, No. 7615, pp. 197-200, 2016.
  4. Y. Wu and N. R. Aluru, Graphitic carbon-water nonbonded interaction parameters", Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 117, No. 29, pp. 8802-8813, 2013.
  5. K. Kunal and N. R. Aluru, "Akhiezer damping in nanostructures", Physical Review B, Vol. 84, No. 24, Art. No. 245450, 2011
  6. M. E. Suk and N. R. Aluru, "Water transport through ultrathin graphene", Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Vol. 1, No. 10, pp. 1590-1594, 2010.
  7. S. Joseph and N. R. Aluru, "Why are carbon nanotubes fast transporters of water?", Nano Letters, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 452-458, 2008.
  8. Z. Tang, H. Zhao, G. Li and N. R. Aluru, "Finite-temperature quasicontinuum method for multiscale analysis of silicon nanostructures", Physical Review B, Vol. 74, No. 6, Art. No. 064110, 2006.
  9. S. K. De, and N. R. Aluru,"Full-Lagrangian schemes for dynamic analysis of electrostatic MEMS", Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Vol. 13, No. 5, pp. 737-758, 2004.
  10. R. Qiao and N. R. Aluru, "Ion concentrations and velocity profiles in nanochannel electroosmotic flows", Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 118, No. 10, pp. 4692-4701, 2003.