• Professor Bilge Yildiz with a surface science system including a variable temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM), non-contact atomic force microscope (nc-AFM), and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer. The system enables users to perform STM/nc-AFM measurements at elevated temperatures and reactive gas environments.

    Photo: Andrea Robles

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Small-scale understanding, large-scale enhancement

Better fuel cells and reactors, built from the atomic level


Materials are one of the key enablers in any engineering project. Bridge builders, who once worked in stone, and then in steel, can now draw on carbon fiber, polymers and composites with outstanding strength, weight and other characteristics that extend the engineer’s capabilities.

Engineers developing advanced energy technologies such as fuel cells and new-generation reactors will benefit from novel materials knowledge being developed at the Department for Nuclear Science and Engineering’s Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces, headed by Assistant Professor Bilge Yildiz.

Researchers there are working toward better understanding of the interfacial properties of oxides and learning to tailor their levels of ion transport, which could help create components with increased resistance to corrosion and other specialized properties.

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Topics: Energy, Fuel cells, Materials science, Nuclear science and engineering

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