Rohit KarnikAssociate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Research Areas of Interest
Nanofluidics, microfluidics, BioMEMS
Our general interest is in the physics of microfluidic and nanofluidic flows and design of devices for a variety of applications in healthcare, energy systems, and biochemical analysis.
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2006)
M.S., University of California, Berkeley (2004)
B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2002)
Awards and Honors
Institute Silver Medal, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2002)
NSF CAREER Award (2010)
Keenan Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education (2011)
DOE Early Career Award (2012)
Fall 2012: Thermal-Fluids Engineering II
Spring 2012: Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory
Fall 2011: Thermal-Fluids Engineering II
Spring 2011: Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory
Fall 2010: Thermal-Fluids Engineering II
Spring 2010: Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory
Fall 2009: Thermal-Fluids Engineering I
Spring 2009: Thermal-Fluids Engineering II
Fall 2008: Thermal-Fluids Engineering II
Spring 2008: Measurement and Instrumentation
Fall 2007: Measurement and Instrumentation
Current Research Projects
Nanofluidics: We are designing nanofluidic systems for detection and analysis of single molecules and particles using ionic currents for sensing transport of single molecules. Collaboration- Dr. Carlos Aguilar and Dr. Pete Carr (MIT Lincoln Labs)
Cell separation and analysis: We are developing technologies for separation of cells in microfluidic devices based on cell-surface interactions. Collaboration- Jeff Karp (Harvard), Krystyn Van Vliet (MIT), Angela Belcher (MIT).
Microfluidic synthesis of nanoparticles: We are using microfluidic mixing to understand and control self-assembly of diblock copolymers for synthesis of nanoparticles for drug delivery. Collaboration- Omid Farokhzad (Harvard) and Robert Langer (MIT).
Nanostructured membranes: We are creating novel high-flux membranes and studying transport of water and ions through these membranes for applications in water desalination and gas separations. Collaboration- KFUPM (Saudi Arabia), Jing Kong (MIT), Nicolas Hadjicontantinou (MIT).