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Aaron D. Wilson, Ph.D.

Research Chemist

Research Areas:
Net Zero Waste in Manufacturing; Chemical Separations

Dr. Aaron D. Wilson is a research chemist with over 15 years of experience in industry, academics, and government laboratories. As a Ph.D. graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder he worked in collaboration with researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the thermodynamics of homogeneous electrocatalysts. He completed postdoctoral appointments at California Institute of Technology and the National Institutes of Health. As of fall 2015, Wilson’s work is documented in 18 peer-reviewed journal articles which together have more than 800 citations. He has been awarded one patent and has two active patent applications. Since arriving at INL in 2010, he has been the principal investigator on several projects in materials chemistry and chemical separation processes. His work ranges from fundamental solution theory to the design of pilot water treatment systems. He is currently pioneering the Switchable Polarity Solvents Forward Osmosis water treatment system which has resulted in multiple recognitions including a 2013 R&D 100 award. Wilson has been awarded multiple INL Laboratory Director Awards and was given the INL Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award for 2013.

Digital Profiles:

Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Colorado Boulder

B.A., Chemistry, University of Southern Maine


C.J. Orme, A.D. Wilson, 1-Cyclohexylpiperidine as a thermolytic draw solute for osmotically driven membrane processes, Desalination. 371 (2015) 126–133. doi:10.1016/j.desal.2015.05.024. 


D.S. Wendt, C.J. Orme, G.L. Mines, A.D. Wilson, Process Energy Requirements of Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis, Desalination. (2015) (submitted). 


J.S. McNally, B. Noll, C.J. Orme, A.D. Wilson, Density Functional Theory Analysis of the Impact of Steric Interaction on the Function of Switchable Polarity Solvents, J. Phys. Chem. B. 119 (2015) 6766–6775. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b03167. 


K.K. Reimund, J.R. McCutcheon, A.D. Wilson, Thermodynamic analysis of energy density in pressure retarded osmosis: The impact of solution volumes and costs, Journal of Membrane Science. 487 (2015) 240–248. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2015.03.076. 


A.D. Wilson, C.J. Orme, Concentration dependent speciation and mass transport properties of switchable polarity solvents, RSC Adv. 5 (2015) 7740–7751. doi:10.1039/C4RA08558B. 


E.J. Dufek, M.L. Stone, D.K. Jamison, F.F. Stewart, K.L. Gering, L.M. Petkovic, et al., Hybrid phosphazene anodes for energy storage applications, Journal of Power Sources. 267 (2014) 347–355. oi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2014.05.105.


A.D. Wilson, F.F. Stewart, Structure–function study of tertiary amines as switchable polarity solvents, RSC Adv. 4 (2014) 11039–11049. doi:10.1039/C3RA47724J. 


A.D. Wilson, F.F. Stewart, Deriving osmotic pressures of draw solutes used in osmotically driven membrane processes, Journal of Membrane Science. 431 (2013) 205–211. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2012.12.042. 


M.L. Stone, C. Rae, F.F. Stewart, A.D. Wilson, Switchable polarity solvents as draw solutes for forward osmosis, Desalination. 312 (2013) 124–129. doi:10.1016/j.desal.2012.07.034. 


M.L. Stone, A.D. Wilson, M.K. Harrup, F.F. Stewart, An initial study of hexavalent phosphazene salts as draw solutes in forward osmosis, Desalination. 312 (2013) 130–136. doi:10.1016/j.desal.2012.09.030. 


​​A.D. Wilson, F.F. Stewart, M.L. Stone, Methods and systems for treating liquids using switchable solvents, n.d.​. 


K.L. Gering, F.F. Stewart, A.D. Wilson, M.L. Stone, Electrodes including a polyphosphazene cyclomatrix, methods of forming the electrodes, and related electrochemical cells, US20130196223 A1, 2013.​.  


INL Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award, 2013, R&D 100 Award, Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis (SPS FO), Aaron D. Wilson, Frederick F. Stewart, Mark L. Stone, 2013 


Outstanding Technology Development Award, Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Far West Region, Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis, Aaron D. Wilson, Frederick F. Stewart, Mark L. Stone, 2013 


Idaho Innovation Early Stage Innovation of the Year Award, Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis (SPS FO), Aaron D. Wilson, Frederick F. Stewart, Mark L. Stone, 2013 

Research Interests:
Physical Organic Chemistry
Switchable Polarity Solvents
Water Treatment
Material Science
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