Directeur de Recherche CNRS,
Professeur Attaché à l'Ecole Normale Supérieure
Laboratoire de Physique,
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
"Là où j'ai peur, j'irai", Anne Sylvestre
My research is at the interface between condensed matter, fluid dynamics and nano-science. It is mostly curiosity driven. We combine experiments, theory, and molecular simulations to explore the intimate mechanisms of the dynamics of fluid interfaces from the macroscopic down to the molecular level, with applications in the fields of micro- and nano- fluidics, material science, complex fluids, etc.
My main research interest is about nanofluidics, the study of fluid and ionic transport at nanoscales. A key objective is to explore the unexpected fluid transport behavior occurring at the nanoscales in order to design and fabricate artificial “nanoscale ionic machines” based on emerging properties and capable to reproduce the amazing functionalities of biological systems. Such artificial nanofluidic building blocks allows designing simple computation architectures based on ions rather than electrons, showing elementary ‘learning’ functionality using the nanofluidic circuitry.
Anonther goal is to take benefit of the sometimes 'exotic' fluid transport behavior occurring at the nanoscales to propose new routes for energy harvesting and desalination. This fundamental research led to the creation of three start-up companies on these topics, "Sweetch-Energy", "Hummink" and "Altr".
« “Modeling of emergent memory and voltage spiking in ionic transport through angström-scale slits”»Science (2021)
«Molecular streaming and its voltage control in ångström-scale channels»Nature (2019)
«Ionic Coulomb blockade as a fractional Wien effect» Nature Nanotechnology (2019)