RESEARCH (see the publications page under areas for more details):



Prof. Aluru's research group is part of the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group in the Molecular and Electronics Nanostructures Research Initiative in the Beckman Institute at UIUC.

1. Nanofluidics

Our research in this area focuses on:

  • Solid-liquid interfaces focusing on fundmentals of interfaces (Recent Publications )
  • Multiscale analysis combining quantum, atomistic and continuum theories (Recent Publications )
  • Development of force-fields and coarse-grained potentials (Recent Publications )
  • Micro/nanojunctions focusing on complex dynamics at micro/nano junctions (Recent Publications )

    In addition to focusing on fundamental physics and the development of efficient computational methods, we also focus on a number of applications such as water and ion transport in nanopores, water desalination, nanopower generation, separations in general, sensing, etc. Please look at the publications page for recent papers and more details



    2. Nanobiotechnology

    Our research in this area focuses on:

  • Nanopore-based sensing of DNA, proteins, etc (Recent Publications )
  • Structure, dynamics and transport of water and ions in biological channels (Recent Publications )
  • Interfaces between biomolecules and emerging materials (Recent Publications )

    Our work in this area focuses on understanding fundamental physics encountered in nanopore-based sensing and sequencing and development of efficient multiscale methods to addresses long length and time-scale behavior.



    3. Nanomaterials/Nanoelectromechanical Systems

    Our research in this area focuses on:

  • Mulphysics and Multiscale Analysis of NEMS (Recent Publications )

    Our research on this topic focuses on coupled electromechanical analysis of NEMS. In addition to developing multiphysics simulation tools combining mechanical and electrical energy domains, we are also developed multiscale simulation tools, based on the quasicontinuum theory, to incorporate molecular potentials into continuum theories.

  • Properties, Interfaces, Disspation and Sensing (Recent Publications )

    Our research on this topic focuses on computing mechanical, electrical, chemical and other physical properties of nanomaterials, understanding interfaces between nanomaterials, understanding dissipation mechanisms in nanomaterials and exploting various applications of nanomaterials, especially in sensing

  • Energy Storage and Conversion (Recent Publications )

    Our research in this area focuses on solid-oxide based fuel and electrolysis cells. Our interests range from hydration of materials to proton transport to developing multiscale methods combining quantum, atomistic and continuum theories to understand materials behavior. In addition, we are also investigating CO2 reduction and identifying materials for optimal reduction of CO2.



    4. Soft Matter

    Our research in this area focuses on:

  • Droplet-Interface Bilayers

    Our research on this topic focuses on understanding self-assembly of droplet-interface bilayers (DIBs) their stability and sensing properties. In addition, we also focus on understanding communication between the droplets when ion channels are inserted in the bilayers connecting the two droplets

  • Polymers and Hydrogels

    Our research on this topic focuses on developing molecular, continuum and multiscale approaches to understand stimuli-responsive behavior of polymers and hydrogels. We are specifically interested in pH, electric field, temperature and biomolecule responsive hydrogels.

    Our publications on this topic can be found here: (Recent Publications )



    5. MEMS

    Our research in this area focuses on:

  • Multiphysics Analysis (Recent Publications )
  • Microfludics (Recent Publications )
  • Uncertainty Quantification (Recent Publications )

    In the area of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), we are developing efficient full-Lagrangian based computational approaches for multiphysics analysis of coupled mechanical, electrical, thermal, magnetic and fluidic energy domains. Using our sophisticated computational tools, we are exploring both the static and dynamic properties of MEMS. Our recent work is to quantify uncertainties in MEMS, develop data-driven computational approaches to estimate probability density functions (pdfs) of uncertainties, and to develop efficient stochastic approaches for analysis of MEMS in the presence of uncertainties. In the area of microfluidics, our work focuses on electrokinetic flows.