Argonne Center for Molecular Engineering Director, Senior Scientist
Seth Darling is the Director of the Center for Molecular Engineering. During his nearly 20-year career at Argonne National Laboratory, Darling has made a notable impact as a scientist within the Nanoscience and Technology Division and at the Center for Nanoscale Materials. He has received numerous awards for his work and has led several strategic efforts. Darling’s research at Argonne has included blending chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, and nanoscience to create and study materials for energy and water. 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. Darling is a Fellow of the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and previously served as Strategy Leader for Solar Energy Systems at Argonne. Darling led the team that received the 2017 Project Excellence Award from Argonne’s Energy and Global Security Directorate for its work on the Oleo Sponge, which has garnered extensive media and industry attention. Darling works closely with the Director of the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, Matthew Tirrell, to help advance the shared objectives of the institutes.