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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

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Materials Science and Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics


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. D.-K. Lim, J. Liu, S. A. Pandey, H. Paik, C. R. I. Chisholm, J. T. Hupp and S. M. Haile, “Atomic Layer Deposition of Pt@CsH2PO4 for the Cathodes of Solid Acid Fuel Cells,” Electrochem. Acta288 12-19 (2018).
    2. 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 Energy3, 202-210 (2018).
    3. M. J. Ignatowich, A. H. Bork, T. C. Davenport, J. L. M. Rupp, C.-K. Yang, Y. Yamazaki, and S. M. Haile, “Impact of Enhanced Oxide Reducibility on Rates of Solar-Driven Thermochemical Fuel Production.” MRS Comm. 7, 873-878 (2017).
    4. H.-I. Ji, T. C. Davenport, M. J. Ignatowich, and S. M. Haile, “Gas-phase vs Material-kinetic Limits on the Redox Response of Nonstoichiometric Oxides,” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.19, 7420-7430 (2017).
    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 Materials12, 647-651 (2013).