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


Darryl Butt

Lead Institution

University of Utah




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

Research Topics

mechanical behavior, separations, membranes, water, carbon sequestration, geophysics/geochemistry, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (self-assembly)

Materials Studied

Materials: porous

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

Nanostructured Materials: 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

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


Partner Institutions

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

BES Staff Contact

James Rustad, Philip Wilk