Seth B. Darling

Seth Darling is a scientist whose work blends chemistry, physics, materials science, and molecular engineering. His team at Argonne National Laboratory blend chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, and nanoscience to create and study materials for energy and water. Recently, Darling and his colleagues at Argonne invented the Oleo Sponge, which has been designed to help clean up oil spills in water. The sponge can soak up as much as 90 times its weight in oil and, unlike other sponges, can capture oil below the water’s surface. 

An award-winning scientist, Darling has published over 100 papers and is the author of two books, Water Is… and How to Change Minds about Our Changing Planet. He holds several patents and lectures widely on topics related to energy, climate, and water. Prior to his role as director of Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), he was a staff scientist at IME. 

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