Sossina Haile
Professor Sossina M. Haile
Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Applied Physics

Sossina Haile

Sossina Haile received her B.S and Ph.D (1992) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley. She carried out postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung [Institute for Solid State Research], Stuttgart, Germany (1992-1993) as a Humboldt Fellow. Haile joined Northwestern University in 2015, after having served 18 years on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology.

Sossina Haile's research broadly encompasses solid state ionic materials and devices, with particular focus on energy technologies. She has established a new class of fuel cells based on solid acid electrolytes and demonstrated record power densities for solid oxide fuel cells. Her more recent work on water and carbon dioxide dissociation for solar-fuel generation by thermochemical processes has created new avenues for harnessing sunlight to meet energy demands.

She is the recipient of several awards, including in 2008 an American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellowship from the National Science Foundation in recognition of “her timely and transformative research in the energy field and her dedication to inclusive mentoring, education and outreach across many levels,” the 2010 Chemical Pioneers Award of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the 2012 International Ceramics Prize for the World Academy of Ceramics. In 2016 she was inducted into the African Academy of Sciences.

Postdocs

Sihyuk Choi
Dr. Sihyuk Choi
Ph. D., Energy Engineering
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Sihyuk Choi
Dr. Timothy Davenport
Ph. D., Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
Dae-Kwang Lim
Dr. Dae-Kwang Lim
Ph. D., MS&E
Chonnam National University
Dong Jun Kim
Dr. Dong Jun Kim
Ph. D., Chemical Engineering
Yonsei University

Graduate Students

Mike Ignatowich
Michael Ignatowich
Chemical Engineering, G5
B.S., Chemical Engineering
M.S., Mathematics
University of Connecticut
Focus: Thermochemical fuel production
Ho-Il Ji
Ho-Il Ji
Materials Science, G5
B.S. & M.S., MS&E
Seoul National University
Focus: Gas-solid reaction kinetics
Anupama Khan
Anupama Khan
Chemistry, G5
B.S., Chemistry
Princeton University
Focus: SOFC anode materials
Chris Kucharczyk
Chris Kucharczyk
Materials Science, G5
B.S., Physics
Stanford University
Focus: SOFC electrode materials

Haemin Paik
Haemin Paik
Materials Science, G4
B.S. & M.S., MS&E
KAIST
Focus: SAFC electrodes
Sheel 'Bruno Mars' Sanghvi
Sheel Sanghvi
Materials Science and Engineering, G3
B.S., MS&E
Rutgers
Focus: SAFC electrolyte materials
Xin Xu
Xin Xu
Applied Physics, G3
B.S., Physics
Nanjing University, China
Focus: Fundamental material characterization
Ruiyun Huang
Ruiyun Huang
Materials Science and Engineering, G2
B.S., MS&E
Xi'an Jiaotong Univerisity
Focus: SOFC electrolyte materials

Shobhit Pandey
Shobhit Pandey
Materials Science and Engineering, G2
B.Tech, Metallurgical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, BHU
Focus: SAFC electrode materials
Weizi Yuan
Weizi Yuan
Materials Science and Engineering, G2
B.S., MS&E
University of Science & Technology of China
Focus: Thermochemical fuel production
Connor Carr
Connor Carr
Materials Science and Engineering, G1
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S., MS&E
Focus: Fundamental material characterization
Austin Plymill
Austin Plymill
Materials Science and Engineering, G1
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S., MS&E
Focus: SAFC materials

Xin Qian
Xin Qian
Materials Science and Engineering, G1
B.S., Materials Physics
Dalian University of Technology, China
M.S., MS&E
Shanghai Jiao Tong Unviersity, China
Focus: proton-conducting SOFCs
Ti Lee
Ti Lee
Materials Science and Engineering, M1

Undergraduates

Ben Laning
Ben Laning
Materials Science & Engineering, U2
Nate Gilbert
Nate Gilbert
Materials Science & Engineering, U4

Visitors

Hui Kong
Hui Kong
Ph. D. Candidate, Institute of Thermophysics
Chinese Academy of Sciences
B.S. Shan Dong University, China
Focus: Thermochemical fuel production

Alumni

Academia

Dr. Hadi Tavassol
Professor, California State University Long Beach
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Former Postdoc (2015-16)
Dr. Robert Usiskin
Staff Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
Department of Physical Chemistry of Solids
Former Graduate Student (2009-2015)
Dr. Tae-Sik Oh
Professor, Auburn University
Department of Chemical Engineering
Former Graduate Student (2008-2013)

Dr. William Chueh
Professor, Stanford University
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Former Graduate Student (2005-2011)
Dr. Wei Lai
Professor, Michigan State University
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Former Graduate Student (2001-2007)
Dr. Aron Varga
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification
Former Graduate Student (2008-2013)

Industry

Dr. Mary Louie
Senior Associate, Exponent
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
Former Graduate Student
Dr. Evan Brown
Principal Engineer, Exponent
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
Former Graduate Student
Dr. Calum Chisolm
CEO & Co-founder, SAFCell
Former Graduate Student (1998-2003)

Dr. Mikhail Khislitsyn
Associate Manager, Tesla Motors
Battery Technology
Former Graduate Student (2004-2009)
Dr. Dane Boysen
Chief Technologist, Cyclotron Road
Former Graduate Student (1999-2004)
Dr. Chih-Kai Yang
Process TD Engineer, Intel Corporation
Former Graduate Student (2009-2015)