Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems (AMEWS)


Seth Darling

Lead Institution

Argonne National Laboratory




To understand and design water-solid interfaces to enable future advances in materials for efficient water treatment.

Research Topics

catalysis (heterogeneous), electrocatalysis, defects, charge transport, sensors, separations, membranes, water, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel systems), synthesis (self-assembly)

Systems Studied

Systems: semiconductor, oxide, polymer, molecules, electrolytes, porous

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

Nanostructured: 2D, 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, ultrafast science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning

Partner Institutions

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago 

BES Staff Contact

James Rustad, Philip Wilk