Sossina Haile
Professor Sossina M. Haile
Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Applied Physics
Email: sossina.haile@northwestern.edu

Sossina M. 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

Dr. Emanuela Mastronardo
Ph. D., Engineering and Chemistry of Materials, University of Messina, Italy
Dr. Jill K. Wenderott
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
 
 
 
 

Graduate Students

Sheel Sanghvi
Materials Science and Engineering, G5 B.S., MS&E
Rutgers
Focus: SAFC electrolyte materials
Xin Xu
Applied Physics, G5
B.S., Physics, Nanjing University, China Focus: Fundamental material characterization
Weizi Yuan
Materials Science and Engineering, G4 B.S., MS&E, University of Science & Technology of China
Focus: Solar Thermochemical fuel production
Ruiyun Huang
Materials Science and Engineering, G4
B.S., MS&E
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Focus: SOFC electrolyte materials

Shobhit Pandey
Shobhit Pandey
Materials Science and Engineering, G4 B.Tech, Metallurgical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, BHU Focus: SAFC electrode materials
Xin Qian
Materials Science and Engineering, G3 M.S., MS&E, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
B.S., Materials Physics, Dalian University of Technology, China
Focus: Solar Thermochemical Fuel Production
Austin Plymill
Materials Science and Engineering, G3 B.S., MS&E
University of Tennessee, Knoxville Focus: SAFC materials
Connor Carr
Materials Science and Engineering, G3
B.S., MS&E
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Focus: Fundamental material characterization

Louis Wang
Materials Science and Engineering, G2
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
Focus: SAFC electrolyte materials
Elise Goldfine
Materials Science and Engineering, G2 B.S., MS&E
Cornell University
Focus: Heteroanionic Materials
Isaac Daniel Dyer
Materials Science and Engineering, G1 B.S., Chemical Engineering
Oklahoma State University
Focus: Solid State Lithium Oxygen Batteries
Dalton Cox
Materials Science and Engineering, G1
B.S., Chemical Engineering and Physics
Northeastern University
Focus: Tomography of Fuel Cell and Battery Materials
 
 
 
 
 


Master Students

Yining Liu
Materials Science and Engineering, M1
B.S. Material Physics, Shandong University, China
Focus: Ceria-Zirconia catalyst
Yao Tong
Materials Science and Engineering, M1
B.S. Material Science and Engineering, McGill University
Focus: Programming for a  potentiostat
 
 
 
 
 
 

Undergraduate

 
 
 
Lysander Wong
Materials Science and Engineering, U2
Northwestern University
Focus: Solar Thermochemical Fuel Production
 
 
 
 
 
 

Visitors

 
Eman Sarhan
Physics Teacher
Amundsen High School
Focus: Solar Thermochemical Fuel Production
Aaron Henson
North Carolina State University
Focus: Heteroanonic Materials for Batteries
Abdulmenan Hussein
PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Focus: SAFC electrolyte/surface energy characterization
Seungjin Jeong
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Focus: Reaction kinetics at SOFC cathode/electrolyte
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alumni

Academia

Dr. Wei Lai
Professor, Michigan State University
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Former Graduate Student (2001-2007)
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. Hadi Tavassol
Professor, California State University Long Beach 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Former Postdoc (2015-2016)
Dr. Aron Varga
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification
Former Graduate Student (2008-2013)
 
 
Dr. Ho-II Ji
Scientist, Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Former Graduate Student (2012-2017)

 

Dr. Sihyuk Choi
Professor, Kumoh National Institute of Technology

Former Postdoc (2015-2018)

 

Dr. Haemin Paik
Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Former Graduate Student (2013-2019)

 


Industry

Dr. Mary Louie
Research Scientist, PARC
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)

 

Dr. Michael Ignatowich
Sr. Engineer in Core R&D, The Dow Chemical Company

Former Graduate Student (2012-2017)

Dr. Timothy Davenport
Staff Engineer, United Technologies Research Center

Former Postdoc (2012-2018)

Dr. Chris Kucharczyk
Data Scientist, IDEO

Former Graduate Student (2012-2018)

 
 
Dr. Daehee Lee 
Senior Researcher, Samsung Electro-Mechanics 
Former Visiting Scholar (2017-2018)