Moran Research Group

The nano/microscale Transport Engineering Laboratory (nTEL) at George Mason University resides in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is led by Dr. Jeffrey Moran. Our research interests lie at the intersection of microscale transport phenomena, active matter, and nanotechnology. Our overall goal is to maximize the societal benefits of self-propelled microparticles (also known as active colloids) through improved fundamental understanding and rational design for environmental and medical applications.

A recent example of our work is the development of “CoffeeBots,” which are active particles derived from spent coffee grounds which can efficiently collect various pollutants from wastewater. We were fortunate to be featured on WUSA, the local CBS news affiliate, about this work:

News segment hosted by Kaitlyn McGrath (WUSA-9), originally aired 14 March 2024.

We do NOT currently have openings for Ph.D. students. When new openings are available, they will be posted at the Openings / Contact page.

Feel free to peruse our site to learn more about who we are and what we work on. If you would like to know more, feel free to reach out!