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[en] Uranium is used as the basic fuel for nuclear power plants, which generate significant amounts of electricity and have life cycle carbon emissions that are as low as renewable energy sources. The extraction of this valuable energy commodity from the ground remains controversial, however, mainly because of environmental and health impacts. Alternatively, seawater offers an enormous uranium resource that may be tapped at minimal environmental cost. Currently, amidoxime polymers are the most widely considered adsorbent materials for large-scale extraction of uranium from seawater, but they are not perfectly selective for uranyl, UO22+. In particular, the competition between UO22+ and vanadium (VO2+/VO2+) cations poses a significant challenge to the efficient mining of UO22+. Thus, accelerating progress in the discovery and deployment of advanced materials for the recovery of uranium relies on the design of new ligands with high binding affinity and selectivity for uranium over competing metal ions. A cost-effective route to aid the discovery of new ligands is to apply computational methods to rapidly test attractive candidates and elucidate data-driven guidelines for rational design.