Francesco Fornasiero

Contact information

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550
phone: 925 422 0089


Ph.D. - Chemical Engineering - University of California at Berkeley 2005
M.S. - Chemical Engineering - University of California at Berkeley 2001
Laurea - Chemical Engineering - University of Padua (Italy) 1998


Molecular and ionic transport in nanopores for detection and energy storage applications, single pore nanofluidics, nanocomposite membrane fabrication, membrane transport and separation, protective and breathable fabrics, high strength/high modulus nanostructured films 

Recent publications

Kim S., Fornasiero F., Park H.G., In J.B., Meshot E. et al., “Fabrication of flexible, aligned carbon nanotube/polymer composite membranes by in-situ polymerization”, J. Membrane Sci. 460: 91-98 (2014)

In J.B., Lee D., Fornasiero F., Noy A., Grigoropoulos C.P. “Laser-Assisted Simultaneous Transfer and Patterning of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays on Polymer Substrates for Flexible Devices,” ACSNano 6 (9): 7858-7866 (2012)

Fornasiero F., In J.B., Kim S., Park H.G., Wang Y., Grigoropoulos C.P., Noy A., Bakajin O., “pH-Tunable Ion Selectivity in Carbon Nanotube Pores,” Langmuir 26 (18): 14848-14853 (2010)

Stadermann M., Sherlock S.P., In J.B., Fornasiero F., Park H.G., Artyukhin A.B., Wang Y., De Yoreo J.J., Grigoropoulos C.P., Bakajin O., Chernov A. A., Noy  A., “Mechanism and Kinetics of Growth Termination in Controlled CVD Growth of Multi-wall Carbon Nanotube  Arrays”, Nano Letters 9 (2): 738-744 (2009)

Fornasiero F., Park H.G., Holt J.K., Stadermann M., Grigoropoulos C.P., Noy A., Bakajin O., “Ion Exclusion by sub 2-nm Carbon Nanotube Pores”, PNAS, 105 (45):17250-117255 (2008) [cover]

Fornasiero F., Tang D., Boushehri A., Prausnitz J.M., Radke C.J., “Water Diffusion through Hydrogel Membranes. A Novel Evaporation Cell free of External Mass-Transfer Resistance,” J. Membrane Sci., 320 (1-2):423-430 (2008)

Noy A., Park H.G., Fornasiero F., Holt J.K., Grigoropoulos C.P., Bakajin O., “Nanofluidics in Carbon Nanotubes”, Nano Today, 2 (6): 22-29 (2007) [cover]

Fornasiero F., Prausnitz J. M., Radke C. J., “Post-Lens Tear-Film Depletion due to Evaporative Dehydration of a Soft Contact Lens,” J. Membrane Sci., 275 (1-2): 229 -243 (2006).

Weinmüller C., Langel C., Fornasiero F., Radke C.J., Prausnitz J.M., “Sorption Kinetics and Equilibrium Uptake for Water Vapor in Soft-Contact-Lens Hydrogels,” J. Biomed. Mater. Res. A, 77A (2): 230-241 (2006).

Fornasiero F., Ung M., Prausnitz J. M., Radke C. J., “Glass-Transition Temperatures for Soft-Contact-Lens Materials. Dependence on Water Content,” Polymer, 46: 4845-4852 (2005).

Fornasiero F., Krull F., Prausnitz J. M., Radke C. J., “Steady-State Diffusion of Water through Soft-Contact-Lens Materials,” Biomaterials, 26: 5704-5716 (2005).

Fornasiero F., Krull F., Prausnitz J. M., Radke C. J., “Diffusivity of Water through a HEMA-based Soft Contact Lens,” Fluid Phase Equilibria, 228-229C: 269-273 (2005).

Fornasiero F., Prausnitz J. M., Radke C. J., “Multicomponent Diffusion in Highly Asymmetric Systems. An Extended Maxwell-Stefan Model for Starkly Different-Sized, Segment-Accessible Chain Molecules,” Macromolecules, 38 (4): 1364-1370 (2005).

Arce A., Fornasiero F., Rodriguez O., Radke C.J., Prausnitz J.M., “Sorption and Transport of Water Vapor in Thin Polymer Films at 35 °C,” PCCP 6 (1): 103-108 (2004).

Rodriguez O., Fornasiero F., Arce A., Radke C.J., Prausnitz J.M., “Solubilities and Diffusivities of Water Vapor in Poly(methylmethacrylate), Poly(2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate), Poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) and Poly(acrylonitrile)” Polymer 44 (20): 6323-6333 (2003).

Fornasiero F., Olaya, M. M., Esprester B., Nguyen V., Prausnitz J. M., “Distribution Coefficients and Diffusivities in Three Polymers for Nineteen Aqueous Nonvolatile Solutes,” J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 85 (10): 2041-2052 (2002).

Fornasiero F., Olaya M. M., Wagner I., Brüderle F., Prausnitz J. M., “Solubilities of Nonvolatile Solutes in Polymers from Molecular Thermodynamics,” AIChE J. 48 (6): 1284-1291, (2002).

Fornasiero F., Halim M., Prausnitz J. M., “Vapor-Sorption Equilibria for 4-Vinylpyridine-Based Copolymer and Cross-Linked Polymer/Alcohol Systems. Effect of Intramolecular Repulsion,” Macromolecules, 33 (22), 8435 (2000).

Fornasiero F., Ulrich J., Prausnitz J. M., “Molecular Thermodynamics of Precipitation”, Chem. Eng. Proc., 38, 463 (1999).

Fornasiero F., Lue L., Bertucco A., “Improving Cubic EOSs Near the Critical Point by a Phase-Space Cell Approximation,” AIChE J., 45 (4), 906 (1999).