Faculty Directory
Sossina M. Haile

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor of Applied Physics


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

Email Sossina Haile


Materials Science and Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics

Download CV


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of California - Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Research Interests

Overall research goal is to elucidate the relationship between structure, chemistry, and properties in electrochemically functional solids, particularly oxides, as relevant to sustainable energy technologies.

Significant Recognition

  • International Ceramics Prize (World Academy of Ceramics) 2012
  • Chemical Pioneer Award (AIC) 2010, for “establishing new classes of fuel cells…”
  • American Competitiveness Initiative Fellowship (NSF), 2008, for “timely and transformative research in the energy field and dedication to inclusive mentoring, education & outreach…”
  • Named as one of twelve people to watch in 2008 by Newsweek Magazine
  • 27th Congressional District Woman of the Year, 2002
  • J. Wagner Award (ECS) 2001, for significant contributions towards the understanding of high-temperature, ion-conducting materials
  • Coble Award (ACerS) 2000, in recognition of outstanding research in ceramic science
  • Hardy Award, (TMS) 1997, for exceptional promise of success in materials science
  • National Young Investigator (NSF), 1994-1999, to investigate solid electrolytes

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of Materials Science
  • Application of Diffraction Techniques
  • Structure and Bonding in Materials
  • States of Matter
  • Solid State Electrochemistry
  • Sustainable Energy Engineering

Selected Publications

  1. X. Xu, C. Carr, X. Chen, B. D. Myers, R. Huang, W. Yuan, S. Choi, D. Yi, C. Phatak, and S. M. Haile, “Local Multimodal Electro-Chemical-Structural Characterization of Ionic Solid-Electrolyte Grain Boundaries,” Adv. Energy Mater. 11 2003309 10pp (2021).
  2. X. Qian, J. He, E. Mastronardo, B. Baldassarri, W. Yuan, C. Wolverton, and S. M. Haile, “Remarkable Properties and Performance of CaTi0.5Mn0.5O3-δ for Solar-Driven Thermochemical Hydrogen Production” Matter. 4 1-21 (2021).
  3. D.-K. Lim, A. B. Plymill, H. Paik, X. Qian, S. Zecevic, C. R. I. Chisholm, and S. M. Haile, “A Solid Acid Electrochemical Cell for the Production of Hydrogen from Ammonia,” Joule 4 1-10 (2020).
  4. X. Xu, Y. Liu, J. Wang, D. Isheim, V. P. Dravid, C. Phatak, and S. M. Haile, “Variability and Origins of Grain Boundary Electric Potential Detected by Electron Holography and Atom Probe Tomography,” Nature Materials 19 887-893 (2020).
  5. L. S. Wang, S. Patel, S. Sanghvi, Y.-Y. Hu, and S. M. Haile, “Structure and properties of Cs7(H4PO4)(H2PO4)8: A new superprotonic solid acid featuring the unusual polycation (H4PO4)+,” J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 142 19992-20001 (2020).
  6. W. Yuan, Q. Ma, Y. Liang, C. Sun, K.V.L.V. Narayanachari, M. J. Bedzyk, I. Takeuchi, and S. M. Haile, “Unexpected trends in the enhanced Ce3+ surface concentration in ceria-zirconia catalyst materials,” J. Mater. Chem. A. 8 9850-9858 (2020).
  7. S. Choi, T. C. Davenport, and S. M. Haile, “Protonic ceramic electrochemical cells for hydrogen production and electricity generation: exceptional reversibility, stability, and demonstrated faradaic efficiency,” Energy & Env. Sci. 12 206-215 (2019).
  8. S. Choi, C. J. Kucharczyk, Y. Liang, X. Zhang, I. Takeuchi, H.-I. Ji, and S. M. Haile, “Exceptional power density and stability at intermediate temperatures in protonic ceramic fuel cells.” Nature Energy 3, 202-210 (2018).