Mosi Heiranian

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mohammad “Mosi” Heiranian obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining as a faculty member at NC State, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His expertise is in using the fundamentals of physics in conjunction with large-scale computer calculations to predict physical, chemical, and material properties of systems across different scales from quantum to continuum. His research has focused on developing nanofluidic theories for flow in nanopores by revisiting classical theories of fluid mechanics. His research has led to the discovery of novel materials and design features for water desalination, clean power generation, single-biomolecule detection, and disease diagnosis. Recently, his research has focused on understanding ion-selective transport in nanopores to guide the design and development of highly-selective membrane materials for water and energy applications.

Outside of research, he enjoys traveling to scenic destinations. He loves to appreciate nature with friends and family by taking frequent hiking trips, astronomy, and cave tours. If given the remote, he will almost always choose a historical documentary and prides himself in never missing a game during the FIFA World Cup.

Research Interests:

  • Nanofluidics and membrane processes with applications in water security, energy and environment
  • Multiscale modeling and machine learning techniques to understand interfacial fluidic behavior for creating advanced technologies at the interface between fluid dynamics and nanoscience


Mechanisms and models for water transport in reverse osmosis membranes: history, critical assessment, and recent developments
Heiranian, M., Fan, H., Wang, L., Lu, X., & Elimelech, M. (2023, October 27), CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS, Vol. 10.
Dynamic and weak electric double layers in ultrathin nanopores
Heiranian, M., Noh, Y., & Aluru, N. R. (2021), Journal of Chemical Physics, 154(13).
Selective Fluoride Transport in Subnanometer TiO2Pores
Zhou, X., Heiranian, M., Yang, M., Epsztein, R., Gong, K., White, C. E., … Elimelech, M. (2021), ACS Nano, 15(10), 16828–16838.
True driving force and characteristics of water transport in osmotic membranes
Song, L., Heiranian, M., & Elimelech, M. (2021), Desalination, 520.
Ultrasensitive Detection of Dopamine, IL-6 and SARS-CoV-2 Proteins on Crumpled Graphene FET Biosensor
Hwang, M. T., Park, I., Heiranian, M., Taqieddin, A., You, S., Faramarzi, V., … Bashir, R. (2021), Advanced Materials Technologies, 6(11).
Current understanding and emerging applications of 3D crumpling mediated 2D material-liquid interactions
Snapp, P., Heiranian, M., Hwang, M. T., Bashir, R., Aluru, N. R., & Nam, S. (2020), Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, 24(3).
Interfacial Properties of Water on Hydrogenated and Fluorinated Graphene Surfaces: Parametrization of Nonbonded Interactions
Taqieddin, A., Heiranian, M., & Aluru, N. R. (2020), Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 124(39), 21467–21475.
Nanofluidic Transport Theory with Enhancement Factors Approaching One
Heiranian, M., & Aluru, N. R. (2020), ACS Nano, 14(1), 272–281.
Revisiting Sampson's theory for hydrodynamic transport in ultrathin nanopores
Heiranian, M., Taqieddin, A., & Aluru, N. R. (2020), Physical Review Research, 2(4).
Ultrasensitive detection of nucleic acids using deformed graphene channel field effect biosensors
Hwang, M. T., Heiranian, M., Kim, Y., You, S., Leem, J., Taqieddin, A., … Bashir, R. (2020), Nature Communications, 11(1).

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