Seth Darling is the director of the Center for Molecular Engineering and a senior scientist in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He also serves as the director of the Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems (AMEWS) Energy Frontier Research Center.
His group’s research centers around molecular engineering, with a current emphasis on advanced materials for cleaning water, having made previous contributions in fields ranging from self-assembly to advanced lithography to solar energy. He has published over 125 scientific articles, holds a dozen patents, is a co-author of popular books on water and on debunking climate skeptic myths, and lectures widely on topics related to energy, water, and climate. He received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago.
Darling's research focuses primarily on advanced materials for applications in cleaning water, ranging from membranes to sorbents to catalysts. He is co-inventor of a precision materials synthesis method called sequential infiltration synthesis (SIS), which has been applied in materials for water treatment, as well as in applications in optics, polymer science, and beyond.
Xia, Z., Yang, H., Chen, Z., Waldman, R., Zhao, Y., Zhang, C., Patel, S., & Darling, S. (2019). Porphyrin Covalent Organic Framework (POF)‐Based Interface Engineering for Solar Steam Generation. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 6(11), https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.201900254
Characterizing the Three-Dimensional Structure of Block Copolymers via Sequential Infiltration Synth
Segal-Peretz, T.; Winterstein, J.; Doxastakis, M.; Ramirez-Hernandez, A.; Biswas, M.; Ren, J.; Suh, H.S.; Darling, S.B.; Liddle, J.A.; Elam, J.W.; de Pablo, J.J.; Zaluzec, N.J.; Nealey, P.F.. Characterizing the Three-Dimensional Structure of Block Copolymers via Sequential Infiltration Synth. ACS Nano. 2015. Vol. 9, Pg. 5333–5347.
Characterizing the Three-Dimensional Structure of Block Copolymers via Sequential Infiltration Synthesis and Scanning Transmission Electron Tomography
Segal-Peretz, Tamar, et al. "Characterizing the three-dimensional structure of block copolymers via sequential infiltration synthesis and scanning transmission electron tomography." ACS nano 9.5 (2015): 5333-5347.
M. Ramanathan, S.M. Kilbey II, and S.B. Darling. Process-Controlled Multiscale Morphologies in Metal-Containing Block Copolymer Thin Films. J. Nanosci. Nanotechno.. 2014. Vol. 14, Pg. 2653-2657.
H.-C. Liao, C.-C. Ho, C.-Y. Chang, M.-H. Jao, S.B. Darling, and W.-F. Su. Additives for morphology control in high-efficiency organic solar cells. Materials Today. 2013. Vol. 16, Pg. 326-336.