Bilge Yildiz is a professor in the Nuclear Science and Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Departments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she leads the Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces. She received her PhD degree at MIT in 2003 and her BSc degree from Hacettepe University in Turkey in 1999. After working at Argonne National Laboratory as research staff, she returned to MIT as an assistant professor in 2007. Her leadership responsibilities at MIT include one of the Integrated Research Groups of MIT’s NSF sponsored Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and the Low Carbon Energy Center on Materials in Energy and Extreme Environments.
She is a member of the Basic Science and Electronics Divisions of the ACerS. Her research focuses on laying the scientific groundwork and proof-of-principle material systems for the next generation of high-efficiency devices for energy conversion and information processing, based on solid state mixed ionic-electronic conducting (MIEC) materials, by combining in situ surface sensitive experiments with first-principles calculations and novel atomistic simulations. Her work has made significant contributions to advancing the molecular-level understanding of oxygen reduction and oxidation kinetics on MIEC solid surfaces, and of ion and electron transport, under electro-chemo-mechanical conditions. The scientific insights derived from her research guide the design of novel surface chemistries for efficient and durable solid oxide fuel cells, thermo-/electro-chemical splitting of H2O and CO2, corrosion resistant films, high energy density solid state batteries, and red-ox based memristive information storage and processing.
Her teaching and research efforts have been recognized by the Argonne Pace Setter (2016), ANS Outstanding Teaching (2008), NSF CAREER (2011), IU-MRS Somiya (2012) and the ECS Charles Tobias Young Investigator (2012) Awards.