Multi-Scale Fluid-Solid Interactions in Architected and Natural Materials (MUSE)


Darryl Butt

Lead Institution

University of Utah




To synthesize geo-inspired materials with repeatable hierarchical heterogeneity and develop an understanding of transport and interfacial properties of fluids confined within these materials.

Research Topics

bio-inspired, extreme environments, defects, mechanical behavior, corrosion, charge transport, membranes, water, geophysics/geochemistry, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel systems), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (predictive)

Systems Studied

Systems: oxide, polymer, molecules, ceramic, glass, electrolytes, methane and light alkanes, ionic liquid, porous

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, inorganic/inorganic, gas/liquid, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured: 1D, 2D, 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), dynamical mean field theory (DMFT), monte carlo (MC), finite element methods, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling

Partner Institutions

  • Cornell University
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wisconsin

BES Staff Contact

James Rustad, Philip Wilk