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Bilge Yildiz

Bilge Yildiz

Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering

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24-210 and NW14-2207


  • Ph.D., Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003.
  • B.Sc., Nuclear Engineering, Hacettepe University Ankara, Turkey, 1999.


Professor Bilge Yildiz’s research aims to gain a predictive understanding of the relation between the structure and physical chemistry of material surfaces in increasingly harsh and coupled environments of chemical reactivity and applied stress. Ideal applications of this coupling in her research program are: 1) electrocatalytic activity on high temperature oxides for fuels and electricity production (fuel cells and electrolysis), and 2) metal corrosion. These research sub-areas are connected through a fundamental science problem: transport and reactivity of charged defects on solid state ionic nanoscale thin films. In particular, she focuses on understanding and driving the kinetics of surface activity and charge transport via the mechanical state of the thin films. The scientific insights gained from her research can provide a rational basis to design desired material interfaces from an atomic scale, and contribute to the longevity of nuclear reactors and to the development of efficient energy conversion systems coupled to nuclear reactors as well as other high temperature heat sources as concentrated solar power.

Yildiz's research approach tightly integrates experimental and computational techniques at comparable scales. Her group’s experimental specialization is the probing of surface atomic and electronic structure using scanning tunneling microscopy in harsh operando conditions. On the computational front, her group is advancing multiscale methods to overcome the timescale limitation of traditional atomistic methods.

Recent Publications

  1. Yue Fan, Yuri N. Osetsky, Sidney Yip and Bilge Yildiz, “Onset mechanism of strain rate induced flow stress up-turn”, Physical Review Letters, in print.
  2. Dario Marrocchelli, Sean R. Bishop, Harry L. Tuller, Graeme W. Watson and Bilge Yildiz, “Charge localization increases chemical expansion in cerium-based oxides”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.(2012) DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40754J
  3. Yan Chen, WooChul Jung, Zhuhua Cai, Jae Jin Kim, Harry L. Tuller, and Bilge Yildiz, “Impact of Sr segregation on the electronic structure and oxygen reduction activity of SrTi1-xFexO3 surfaces”, Energy Environ. Sci. 5 (2012) 7979-7988.
  4. Jeong Woo Han and Bilge Yildiz, “Mechanism for enhanced oxygen reduction kinetics at the (La,Sr)CoO3-δ/(La,Sr)2CoO4+δ hetero-interface”, Energy Environ. Sci. Advance Article (2012) DOI:10.1039/C2EE03592H.
  5. F.W. Herbert, K.J. Van Vliet and B. Yildiz, “Plasticity-induced oxidation reactivity on Ni(100) studied by scanning tunneling spectroscopy”, MRS Commun., 2 (2012) 23-27.
  6. Zhuhua Cai, Yener Kuru, Jeong Woo Han, Yan Chen, and Bilge Yildiz, “Surface Electronic Structure Transitions at High Temperature on Perovskite Oxides: The Case of Strained La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 Thin Films”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (2011) 17696-17704.
  7. Yener Kuru, Helia Jalili, Zhuhua Cai, Bilge Yildiz and Harry L. Tuller, “Direct Probing of Nano-dimensioned Oxide Multilayers with Aid of Focused Ion Beam Milling", Adv. Mater. 23 (2011) 4543-4548.
  8. Helia Jalili†, Jeong Woo Han†, Yener Kuru, Zhuhua Cai, and Bilge Yildiz, "New Insights into the Strain Coupling to Surface Chemistry, Electronic Structure and Reactivity of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3", J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2 (2011) 801-807. (†Equally Contributed)
  9. Yue Fan, Akihiro Kushima, Sidney Yip, and Bilge Yildiz, “Mechanism of Incipient Void Swelling in bcc-Fe: Atomistic Simulations at Experimental Time Scales”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 125501.
  10. Yener Kuru, Sean R. Bishop, Jae Jin Kim, Bilge Yildiz, and Harry L. Tuller, "Chemomechanical properties and microstructural stability of nanocrystalline Pr-doped ceria: an in situ X-ray diffraction investigation", Solid State Ion. (2011), doi:10.1016/j.ssi.2011.04.012
  11. Alexander Chroneos, Bilge Yildiz, Albert Tarancón, David Parfitt, and John A. Kilner, "Oxygen diffusion in solid oxide fuel cell cathode and electrolyte materials: Mechanistic insights from atomistic simulations", Energy Environ. Sci. (2011) Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/c0ee00717j
  12. Mostafa Youssef, Rolland Pellenq, and Bilge Yildiz, "Glassy Nature of Water in an Ultra-confining Disordered Material: The Case of Calcium-Silicate-Hydrate", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (2011) 2499-2510.


22.101 Applied Nuclear Physics
22.70 Applications of Nuclear Materials
22.33/033 Nuclear Systems Design Project


  • Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award, 2012
  • Somiya Award for International Collaboration, 2012
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2011 – 2016
  • ANS Faculty PAI Outstanding Teaching Award, 05/2008
  • Pacesetter Award, Argonne National Laboratory, 08/2006

Massachusetts Institute of Technology