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Sossina M. Haile

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor of Applied Physics

Co-Director, ISEN


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Materials Science and Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics

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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. Dae-Kwang Lim, Austin B. Plymill, Haemin Paik, Xin Qian, Strahinja Zecevic, Calum R.I. Chisholm, and Sossina M. Haile, “A Solid Acid Electrochemical Cell for the Production of Hydrogen from Ammonia,” Joule 4 1-10 (2020).
    2. X. Xu, Y. Liu, J. Wang, D. Isheim, V. P. Dravid, C. Phatak, 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).
    3. 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)
    4. 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).
    5. R. E. Usiskin, S. Maruyama, C. J. Kucharczyk, I. Takeuchi, and S. M. Haile “Probing the Reaction Pathway in (La0.8Sr0.2)0.95MnO3+δ Using Libraries of Thin Film Microelectrodes,” J. Mater. Chem. A 3, 19330-19345 (2015).
    6. G. Kim, J. M. Griffin, F. Blanc, S. M. Haile, and C. P. Grey “Characterization of the Dynamics in the Protonic Conductor CsH2PO4 by 17O Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations: Correlating Phosphate and Protonic Motion,” J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 137, 3867-3876 (2015).
    7. V. S. Thoi, R. E. Usiskin, and S. M. Haile “Platinum-Decorated Carbon Nanotubes for Hydrogen Oxidation and Proton Reduction in Solid Acid Electrochemical Cells,” Chem. Sci. 6, 1570-1577 (2015).
    8. Y. Yamazaki, F. Blanc, Y. Okuyama, L. Buannic, J. C. Lucio-Vega, C. P. Grey, and S. M. Haile, “Evidence of proton trapping and its implications in yttrium-doped barium zirconate,” Nature Materials 12, 647-651 (2013).