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Seth B. 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. He received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago. 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.
With colleagues at Argonne, Seth invented a new materials synthesis technique called sequential infiltration synthesis, which has found applications in areas ranging from nanolithography to optical coatings to advanced sorbents and membranes. He led the team that received the Project Excellence Award from Argonne’s Energy & Global Sciences Directorate for its work on the Oleo Sponge, which has garnered extensive media and industry attention and won multiple R&D100 Awards.
He is a staff scientist and facility director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Molecular Foundry leading research in thermoelectrics and hydrogen storage. His research focuses on the materials and physics of mass, heat, and charge transport in complex hybrid nanomaterials. His expertise is developing new materials and measurement tools for solid-state energy storage and conversion applications; investigating transport at the organic-inorganic interface; and identifying energy efficient desalination methods.
Areas of expertise: energy storage, hydrogen storage, thermoelectrics, new materials for desalination and water remediation, 2D materials, nanotechnology
Peter Sushko received his BSc and MSc degrees in Physics from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and his PhD in Physics from the University College London (UCL), UK. After completing his PhD in 2000, he held several research positions at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL.
In 2008 he was awarded the Royal Society University Research Fellowship and joined academic staff at UCL; he was promoted to a Reader (Associate Professor with tenure) in 2012. In 2014 he joined PNNL’s Physical Sciences Division as an Associate Division Director with responsibilities for materials science. His research is focused on understanding atomic-scale mechanisms of fundamental processes in complex materials systems and predicting the effects of disorder and defects on materials properties and functions.