Argonne National Laboratory

Materials for Water

Materials for Water

The Institute for Molecular Engineering at Argonne National Laboratory (IME @Argonne) conducts a range of research related to materials for water, including:

  • Advanced sorbents for cleaning oil spills and other applications in separations and water pollution remediation.
  • Membranes capable of filtering or breaking down targeted materials (pathogens, pharmaceuticals, etc.) with extreme selectivity and energy efficiency.
  • Coatings for surfaces that prevent the attachment of so-called "foulants" — and even to actively self-clean if foulants do attach — extending the lifetime of countless components in water systems.
  • New strategies for sensors and cyberphysical sensing networks to detect water quality in real time and with high geospatial resolution.