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Nicolas Hadjiconstantinou

Contact Info

room 3-364

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 1993


    B.A. + M.A. (Engineering)
  • 1995


    M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering)
  • 1998


    M.Sc. (Physics)
  • 1998


    Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering)

Research Interests

  • Nanoscale Transport
  • Kinetic Theory
  • Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Physics
  • Computational Methods
  • Molecular Simulation
  • Monte Carlo Methods
  • Multiscale Simulation Methods

Honors + Awards

  • Gustus L. Larson Award, ASME 2012
  • ASME Fellow 2011
  • Best Poster Award, MIT Energy Conference 2011
  • Rockwell International Career Development Chair 2001–2004
  • Associate Fellow, Singapore-MIT Alliance 2001-2003
  • Lawrence Livermore Fellow 1998
  • St. John's College Postgraduate Scholarship, Cambridge University 1993
  • King's College Postgraduate Scholarship, Cambridge University 1993
  • Ricardo Prize in Thermodynamics, Cambridge University 1993
  • Philip Haycock Prize in Engineering, Robinson College, Cambridge University 1991


  • American Physical Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Professional Service

  • Associate Editor, Physical Review Fluids, 2016-2023
  • Vice Chair, APS Frenkiel Award committee 2009–2011
  • Associate Editor, Physics of Fluids 2006–2015
  • Board of Editors, Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Analysis 2006–2012

MIT Service

  • Co-Director, Standalone PhD Program in Computational Science and Engineering, Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT 2023–present
  • Co-Director, Center for Computational Science & Engineering, Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT 2020-present
  • Co-Director, SM Program in Computational Science and Engineering, Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT 2020–present
  • Co-Director, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Computational Science and Engineering, MIT 2013–present
  • Co-Director, Center for Computational Engineering, MIT 2018–2020
  • Graduate Officer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT 2018–present
  • MMEC Area Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT 2013–2020
  • Chair, Committee on Graduate Programs, MIT 2013–2015
  • Chair, Task Force on Improving Graduate Admissions, MIT Spring 2011
  • Co-Director, SM Program in Computation for Design and Optimization, MIT 2010–2020
  • Chair, ME Graduate Admissions Committee, 2006-2009, 2011-2012


  • Fundamentals of Nanoengineering (G/U) (2.37/2.370)
  • Numerical Computation for Mechanical Engineers (U) (2.086)
  • Dynamics (G) (2.032)
  • Dynamics (U) (2.003)


  • Representative Publications:
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G. and A.T. Patera, “Heterogeneous Atomistic-Continuum Representations for Dense Fluid Systems,” International Journal of Modern Physics C, 8, 967-976, 1997.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., “Hybrid Atomistic-Continuum Formulations and the Moving Contact-Line Problem,” Journal of Computational Physics, 154, 245-265, 1999.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou,  N.G.,  “Analysis  of  Discretization  in  the  Direct  Simulation  Monte  Carlo,” Physics of Fluids, 12, 2634-2638, 2000.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G. and O. Simek, “Constant-Wall-Temperature Nusselt Number in Micro and Nano Channels,” Special issue of the Journal of Heat Transfer on Nanoscale Heat Transfer, 124, 356-364, 2002.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., “Sound Wave Propagation in Transition-regime Micro and Nano Channels,” Physics of Fluids, 14, 802-809, 2002.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., “Dissipation in Small Scale Gaseous Flows,” Journal of Heat Transfer, 125, 944-947, 2003.
  • Hadjiconstantinou,  N.G.,  A.L.  Garcia,  M.Z.  Bazant  and  G.  He,  “Statistical  Error  in  Particle Simulations of Hydrodynamic Phenomena,” Journal of Computational Physics, 187, 274-297, 2003.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., “Comment on Cercignani’s Second-Order Slip Coefficient,” Physics of Fluids, 15, 2352-2354, 2003.pdf reprint
  • Kadau, K., T.C. Germann, N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, P.S. Lomdahl, G. Dimonte, B.L. Holian and B.J. Alder, “Nanohydrodynamics Simulations:   An Atomistic View of the Rayleigh-Taylor Instability,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 101, 5851-5855, 2004.
  • Wijesinghe, H.S., R. Hornung, A.L. Garcia and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Three-Dimensional Hybrid Continuum-Atomistic Simulations for Multiscale Hydrodynamics,” Journal of Fluids Engineering, 126, 768-777, 2004.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G. and H.A. Al-Mohssen, “A Linearized Kinetic Formulation Including a Second-Order Slip Model for an Impulsive Start Problem at Arbitrary Knudsen Numbers,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 533, 47-56, 2005.pdf reprint
  • Baker, L.L. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Variance Reduction for Monte Carlo Solutions of the Boltzmann Equation,” Physics of Fluids, 17, 051703, 2005.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., “Oscillatory Shear-Driven Gas Flows in the Transition and Free- Molecular-Flow Regimes,” Physics of Fluids, 17, 100611, 2005.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., “The Limits of Navier-Stokes Theory and Kinetic Extensions for Describing Small Scale Gaseous Hydrodynamics,” Physics of Fluids, 18, 111301, 2006.pdf reprint
  • Homolle, T.M.M. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “A Low-variance Deviational Simulation Monte Carlo for the Boltzmann Equation,” Journal of Computational Physics, 226, 2341-2358, 2007.pdf reprint
  • Manela, A. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “On the Motion Induced in a Gas Confined in a Small- scale Gap Due to Instantaneous Heating,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 593, 453-462, 2007.pdf reprint
  • Manela, A. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Gas Motion Induced by Unsteady Boundary Heating in a Small-scale Slab,” Physics of Fluids, 20, 117104, 2008.pdf reprint
  • Radtke, G.A. and   N.G.  Hadjiconstantinou,   “Variance-reduced Particle Simulation of the Boltzmann Transport Equation in the Relaxation-time Approximation,” Physical Review E, 79, 056711, 2009.pdf reprint
  • Li, Z.R., G.R. Liu, J. Han, Y.Z. Chen, J-S. Wang, and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Analytical Description of Ogston-regime Biomolecule Separation using Nanofilters and Nanopores,” Physical Review E, 80, 041911, 2009.pdf reprint
  • Al-Mohssen H.A. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Low-variance Direct Monte Carlo Simulations using Weights,” Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Analysis, 44, 1069-1083, 2010.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., Radtke, G.A. and L.L. Baker, “On Variance Reduced Simulations of the Boltzmann Transport Equation for Small-scale Heat Transfer Applications,” Journal of Heat Transfer, 132, 112401, 2010.pdf reprint
  • Radtke, G.A., N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, and W. Wagner, “Low-Noise Monte Carlo Simulation of the Variable Hard-Sphere Gas,” Physics of Fluids, 23, 030606, 2011.pdf reprint
  • Peraud, J-P.M. and N. G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Efficient Simulation of Multidimensional Phonon Transport Using Energy-based Variance-reduced Monte Carlo Formulations,”  Physical Review B, 84, 205331, 2011.pdf reprint
  • Peraud, J-P. M. and N. G. Hadjiconstantinou, “An Alternative Approach to Efficient Simulation of Micro/Nanoscale Phonon Transport,”  Applied Physics Letters, 101, 153114, 2012.pdf reprint
  • Radtke, G.A., J-P. M. Peraud and N. G. Hadjiconstantinou, “On Efficient Simulations of Multiscale Kinetic Transport,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 371, 2012182, 2013.pdf reprint
  • Sun, C., M.H.S. Boutilier, H. Au, P. Poesio, B. Bai, R. Karnik and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Mechanisms of Molecular Permeation through Nanoporous Graphene Membranes,” Langmuir, 30, 675-682, 2014.pdf reprint
  • Boutilier, M.H.S., C. Sun, S.C. O'Hearn, H. Au, N.G. Hadjiconstantinou and R. Karnik, "Implications of Permeation through Intrinsic Defects in Graphene on the Design of Defect-tolerant Membranes for Gas Separation," ACS Nano, 8, 841-849, 2014.pdf reprint
  • Peraud, J-P. M., C. D. Landon and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Monte Carlo Methods for Solving the Boltzmann Transport Equation,” Annual Review of Heat Transfer, 17, 205-265, 2014.pdf reprint
  • Landon, C.D. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Deviational Simulation of Phonon Transport in Graphene Ribbons with Ab Initio Scattering,” Journal of Applied Physics, 116, 163502, 2014.pdf reprint
  • Wang, G.J. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Why are Fluid Densities so Low in Carbon Nanotubes?” Physics of Fluids, 27, 052006, 2015.pdf reprint
  • Peraud, J-P.M. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, “Adjoint-based Deviational Monte Carlo Methods for Phonon Transport Calculations,” Physical Review B, 91, 235321, 2015.pdf reprint
  • Peraud, J-P.M. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., “Extending the Range of Validity of Fourier's Law into the Kinetic Transport Regime via Asymptotic Solution of the Phonon Boltzmann Transport Equation,” Physical Review B, 93, 045424, 2016.pdf reprint
  • Forghani, M., N.G. Hadjiconstantinou and J-P.M. Peraud, "Reconstruction of the Phonon Mean Free Times using Solutions of the Boltzmann Transport Equation," Physical Review B, 94, 155439, 2016.pdf reprint
  • Wang, L., M.S.H. Boutilier, P.R. Kidambi, D. Jang, N.G. Hadjiconstantinou and R. Karnik, "Fundamental Transport Mechanisms, Fabrication and Potential Applications of Nanoporous Atomically Thin Membranes," Nature Nanotechnology, 12, 509-522, 2017.pdf reprint
  • Wang, G.J. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, "Molecular Mechanics and Structure of the Fluid-solid Interface in a Simple Fluid", Physical Review Fluids, 2, 094201, 2017. pdf reprint
  • Jawed, M.K., N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, D.M. Parks and P.M. Reis, "Patterns of Carbon Nanotubes by Flow-directed Deposition on Substrates with Architectured Topographies, " Nano Letters, 18, 1660-1667, 2018. pdf reprint
  • Chandramoorthy, N. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, "Solving Lubrication Problems at the Nanometer Scale," Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 22, 48, 2018.pdf reprint
  • Forghani, M. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, "Reconstruction of Phonon Relaxation Times from Systems Featuring Interfaces with Unknown Properties," Physical Review B, 97, 195440, 2018.pdf reprint.
  • Wang, G.J. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, "Layered Fluid Structure and Anomalous Diffusion under Nanoconfinement," Langmuir, 34, 6976-6982, 2018.pdf reprint
  • Forghani, M. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, "Phonon Relaxation Time Reconstruction from Transient Thermal Grating Experiments and Comparison with Density Functional Theory Predictions," Applied Physics Letters, 114, 023106, 2019.pdf reprint
  • Wang, G.J. and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, "Universal Molecular-kinetic Scaling Relation for Slip of a Simple Fluid at a Solid Boundary," Physical Review Fluids, 4, 064201, 2019.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., "An Atomistic Model for the Navier Slip Condition," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 912, A26, 2021.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G. and M.M. Swisher, "An Atomistic Model for the Thermal Resistance of a Liquid-Solid Interface," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 934, R2, 2022.pdf reprint
  • Hadjiconstantinou, N.G., "Molecular Mechanics of Liquid and Gas Slip Flow," Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 56, 435-461, 2024.pdf reprint
  • Zhou, R, M.M. Swisher, A. Deshmukh, C. Sun, J.H. Lienhard and N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, "Dense fluid transport through nanoporous graphene membranes in the limit of steric exclusion," Physical Review Fluids, 9, 044202, 2024.pdf reprint


  • R. Karnik, S.C. O'Hern, M.S.H. Boutilier, C.A. Stewart, H. Au, N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, T. Laoui, M.A. Atieh, "Graphene Based Filter", US Patent No. PCT/US2013/031963, October 2013.
  • R. Karnik, S. Bose, M.S.H. Boutilier, N.G. Hadjiconstantinou, T. Jain, S.C. O’Hern, T. Laoui, M.A. Atieh, "Mitigating Leaks in Membranes", US Patent No. PCT/US2014/063301, November 2014.