• Bilge Yildiz, the Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering

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Bilge Yildiz: New insights into material surfaces advance energy conversion technologies


Materials are 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, synthetic fuel production systems and new-generation reactors will benefit from novel materials knowledge being developed at the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering’s Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces, headed by Bilge Yildiz, the Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Her team is working toward better understanding of the surface and interfacial properties of oxides, and learning to tailor the oxides’ physical properties to make them highly active in fuel-cell reactions, and more resistant to corrosion in reactor applications.

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Topics: Energy, Faculty, Materials science, Nuclear science and engineering

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