Water transport in graphene nanopores

Sagar Bathla

Since seawater presents such a vast supply of water, desalination has become an important and promising approach to meet the ever increasing demand for fresh water. Although reverse osmosis is a well developed technology on has to contend with the associates power costs. There has been recent interest in porous graphene materials which have shown a high water flux through suitable chemically modified nanopores. Using molecular dynamics simulations and free energy computations we are investigating the driving force water through graphene nanopores and assessing graphene as a potential water desalination material.