Seth Darling appointed Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at Argonne
Seth Darling has been appointed Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at Argonne (IME@Argonne). His appointment is effective immediately.
IME@Argonne is the Argonne-based partner to the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.
During his 15-year career at Argonne, Darling has made a notable impact as a scientist within the Nanoscience and Technology Division (NST) and at the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM). 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, he 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 is a fellow of the IME at the University of Chicago and a member of Argonne’s Chief Research Officer (CRO) Council. He previously served as Strategy Leader for Solar Energy Systems at Argonne and led the team that received this year’s 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.
Darling will devote 50 percent of his time to providing scientific vision, technical guidance and leadership as IME@Argonne Director. The other 50 percent of his time will be spent on other Argonne efforts: supporting the materials for energy and water strategy within the Physical Sciences and Engineering Directorate; continuing his work at the CNM on materials for water treatment; and serving on the CRO Council.