David J Wesolowski

David J Wesolowski


Dave Wesolowski received his Bachelors in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976 and Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Mineralogy from Penn State University in 1984. He joined ORNL as a Eugene P. Wigner Fellow in 1983 and spent his entire career at ORNL, currently serving as the Leader of the Geochemistry and Interfacial Sciences Group, Chemical Sciences Division, and Director of the Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport (FIRST) Energy Frontier Research Center. His interests revolve around aqueous chemistry, mineral solubilities and surface charge, and the structure and dynamics of fluids at interfaces with solid materials.


1992 ORNL Significant Event Award (SEA): Publication definitive of aluminum aqueous chemistry research.
1993 ORNL Showcase Lecture, “Fluid-Rock Interactions in the Earth’s Crust”.
1996 ORNL R&D Accomplishment Award, Aluminum geochemistry research.
2000 ORNL SEA: Funding of multi-institutional, multidisciplinary DOE/BES project “Nanoscale Complexity at the Oxide/Water Interface”.
2005 Best National Laboratory Presentation:, DOE/BES Geoscience Research Symposium on Analytical and Isotope Geochemistry, Gaithersburg, MD. June 5-6, 2005.
2009 ORNL SEA: Funding of the FIRST Energy Frontier Research Center.
2010 ORNL Incentivized Performance Award (IPA): Successful launch of FIRST Center.
2011 ORNL IPA: Excellence in managing the FIRST Center, Future vision for the core BES/Geoscience project.
2012 ORNL IPA: Excellence in managing the FIRST Center, Future vision for the core BES/Geoscience project.
2013 ORNL IPA: Development of vision and proposal for renewal of the FIRST Center.
2014 ORNL IPA: Successful renewal of the FIRST Energy Frontier Research Center.


"The Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport (FIRST) Energy Frontier Research Center” (Director, ERKCC61) funded by DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences

“Atomic- to Pore-Scale Geochemical Processes” (co-PI, ERKCC72)


Achtyl, J.L.; Unocic, R.R.; Xu, L.; Cai, Y.; Raju, M.; Zhang, W.; Sacci, R.L.; Vlassiouk, I.V.; Fulvio, P.F.; Ganesh, P.; Wesolowski, D.J.; Dai, S.; van Duin, A.C.T.; Neurock, M.; Geiger, F.M. Aqueous Proton Transfer Across Single-Layer Graphene. Nature Communications 2015, 6, 6539.

Wang, H.-W.; DelloStritto, M.J.; Kumar, N.; Kolesnikov, A.I.; Kent, P.R.C.; Kubicki, J.D.; Wesolowski, D.J.; Sofo, J.O. Vibrational Density of States of Strongly H-Bonded Interfacial Water: Insights from Inelastic Neutron Scattering and Theory. J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 10805-10813.

Wang, H.-W.; Wesolowski, D.J.; Proffen, T.E.; Vlcek, L.; Wang, W.; Allard, L.F.; Kolesnikov, A.I.; Feygenson, M.; Anovitz, L.M.; Paul, R.L. Structure and Stability of SnO2 Nanocrystals and Surface-Bound Water Species. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 6885-6895.

Wesolowski, D.J.; Sofo, J.O.; Bandura, A.V.; Zhang, Z.; Mamontov, E.; Předota, M.; Kumar, N.; Kubicki, J.D.; Kent, P.R.C.; Vlcek, L.; Machesky, M.L.; Fenter, P.A.; Cummings, P.T.; Anovitz, L.M.; Skelton, A.A.; Rosenqvist, J. Comment on “Structure and Dynamics of Liquid Water on Rutile TiO2(110)”. Phys. Rev. B 2012, 85, 167401.

Zhang, Z.; Fenter, P.; Cheng, L.; Sturchio, N.C.; Bedzyk, M.J.; Predota, M.; Bandura, A.; Kubicki, J.D., Lvov, S.N.; Cummings, P.T.; Chialvo, A.A.; Ridley, M.K.; Benezeth, P.; Anovitz, L.M., Palmer, D.A.; Machesky, M.L.; Wesolowski, D.J. Ion Adsorption at the Rutile-Water Interface: Linking Molecular and Macroscopic Properties, Langmuir 2004, 20, 4954-4969.

Predota, M.; Bandura, A.V.; Cummings, P.T.; Kubicki, D.J.; Wesolowski, D.J.; Chialvo, A.A.; Machesky, M.L. Electric Double Layer at the Rutile (110) Surface. 1. Structure of Surfaces and Interfacial Water from Molecular Dynamics by Use of Ab Initio Potentials, J. Phys. Chem. B 2004, 108, 12049-12060.

Wesolowski, D.J.; Ziemniak, E.; Anovitz, L.M.; Machesky, M.L.; Bénézeth, P.; Palmer, D.A. “Solubility and Surface Adsorption Characteristics of Metal Oxides”. Chapter 14 in The Physical and Chemical Properties of Aqueous Systems at Elevated Temperatures and Pressures: Water, Steam and Hydrothermal Solutions; Palmer, D.A. Fernández-Prini, R., Harvey, A.H., Eds.;Academic Press, Waltham, MA, 2004, pp 493-595.

Horita, J.; Cole, D.R.; Wesolowski, D.J. The Activity-Composition Relationship of Oxygen and Hydrogen Isotopes in Aqueous Salt Solutions. 3. Vapor-Liquid Water Equilibration of NaCl Solutions to 350 C, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 1995, 59, 1139-1151.

Horita, J.; Wesolowski, D.J. Liquid-Vapor Fractionation of Oxygen and Hydrogen Isotopes of Water from the Freezing to the Critical-Temperature, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 1994, 58, 3425-3437.


US Patent #7,665,524 “Liquid Metal Heat Exchanger for Efficient Heating of Soils and Geologic Formations”, R.C. DeVault and D.J. Wesolowski.

Facilities Used

SNS/HFIR neutron scattering facility and the Advanced Light Source at Argonne National Laboratory