Seth B. Darling

Scientist, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory


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    Center for Nanoscale Materials
    9700 S. Cass Ave.
    Argonne, IL 60439-4806

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My research focuses primarily on organic and hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaics, but I also explore self-assembling nanomaterials, advanced lithography, solar energy economics, and other topics. Recent studies have focused on rational design of morphologies for next generation solar energy devices, explorations of organic-organic and organic-inorganic interfaces in optoelectronic materials, and a new materials synthesis technique called sequential infiltration synthesis. 


Seth B. Darling is a Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. After receiving his PhD from the University of Chicago in Physical Chemistry, he joined Argonne National Laboratory as the Glenn Seaborg Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Materials Science Division where he studied directed self-assembly of polymers and polymer/nanoparticle hybrid systems. Following his postdoc, Darling joined the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne as a staff scientist. His group’s research centers around polymer molecular engineering with a particular emphasis on organic solar cells. He also serves as the solar energy strategy leader for Argonne, through which he interfaces with a spectrum of internal scientists, engineers, and managers as well as external domestic and international stakeholders in industry, government, museums and foundations, national laboratories, market analysis firms, academia, and the media.

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