Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center (FIRST)


David J. Wesolowski

Lead Institution:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


To develop fundamental understanding and validated, predictive models of the unique nanoscale environment at fluid-solid interfaces that will enable transformative advances in electrical energy storage and catalysis for energy.

Research Topics:

catalysis (heterogeneous), solar (fuels), energy storage (including batteries and capacitors), hydrogen and fuel cells, electrodes - solar, mechanical behavior, charge transport, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials)

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, oxide, ionic liquid, porous
INTERFACES: gas/solid, liquid/solid

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, neutron spectroscopy, laser diagnostics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, next generation optimization methods

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Drexel University
  • Georgia State University 
  • Northwestern University
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Suffolk University 
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Virginia


BES Staff Contact:

Craig Henderson
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