Nanofluidics is the study and manipulation of fluids confined within nanostructures. The fluid dynamics of substances on the nanoscale differs significantly from the fluid dynamics of substances on longer length scales.

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    Selective growth of nanoporous metal–organic framework nanocrystals in the stacking defects of graphene oxide layers improves the mechanical integrity and water–solute selectivity of graphene oxide membranes.

    • Xiaofang Chen
    •  & Huanting Wang
    Nature Nanotechnology 16, 226-227
  • News & Views |

    Carbon nanotubes with single-digit diameter embedded in a solid artificial membrane show pressure-sensitive ionic conductance that is similar to the mechanically activated currents of biological ion channels.

    • Sanjin Marion
    •  & Aleksandra Radenovic
    Nature Materials 19, 1043-1044
  • News & Views |

    Creation of bioinspired ion channels that separate ions without compromising selectivity, conductivity or rectification ability has long been a challenge. Integration of metal–organic frameworks into asymmetric nanopore membranes overcomes this limitation.

    • Alexandre Legrand
    •  & Shuhei Furukawa
    Nature Materials 19, 701-702
  • Comments & Opinion |

    This is a turning point for nanofluidics. Recent progress allows envisioning both fundamental discoveries for the transport of fluids at the ultimate scales, and disruptive technologies for the water–energy nexus.

    • Lydéric Bocquet
    Nature Materials 19, 254-256
  • News & Views |

    By chemically treating wood it is possible to fabricate a nanofluidic device for generating electricity from the harvesting of ubiquitous low-grade heat.

    • Rama Venkatasubramanian
    Nature Materials 18, 536-537