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Lynda Soderholm

Department Head, Argonne Distinguished Fellow


Soderholm is a physical chemist and serves as both the Interim Division Director of Argonne’s Chemical Sciences and Engineering division, as well as the lead of the Actinide, Geochemistry and Separation Sciences Theme within CSE.

Soderholm’ s research has focused on rare-earth and actinide chemistry since she participated in uncovering the structure of Yttrium-123, an early high-temperature superconductor. Through her research, she has also sought to understand f-ion speciation in solution, taking advantage of X-ray probes at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source to link molecular correlations in solution to bulk thermodynamic properties. Her recent efforts center on the use of machine learning to study molecular structures in connection with low-energy processes for separation of f-block elements from complex mixtures.

Soderholm received her Ph.D. from McMaster University (Canada), after which she spent a NATO postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS) in France. She then began her career at Argonne as a postdoctoral fellow and was promoted to staff scientist the same year. Over several years, she moved up the ranks, becoming a senior chemist in 2001. She also spent several years as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Soderholm became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2013 and is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow. She won the University of Chicago Board of Governors’ Distinguished Performance Award in 2009.