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Bilge Yildiz

Bilge Yildiz

Breene M. Kerr (1951) Professor, Departments of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering

24-210 and NW14-2207

Yildiz Research Group
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL)



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


  • Faraday Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2024
  • Fellow of The Electrochemical Society, 2023
  • Corresponding Member Abroad, Division of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2023
  • Rahmi M. Koç Medal of Science, 2022
  • American Physical Society Fellow, 2021
  • Ross Coffin Purdy Award, 2018
  • 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


Professor Bilge Yildiz’s research centers on the science and technology of materials development for energy conversion applications in harsh environments. The scientific insights derived from her research impact the design of novel surface chemistries for efficient and durable solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells, and for corrosion resistant films in a wide range of extreme environments as in nuclear energy generation and oil exploration. Her research has made significant contributions in advancing molecular-level understanding of the kinetics of oxygen reduction and oxidation on ionic solid surfaces. Specifically Prof. Yildiz studies the effects of temperature, stress and reactive fluids on the surface reactivity and degradation by combining theoretical and experimental analyses of electronic structure, defect mobility and composition, and provide design guidelines for high-performance and durable materials.

The key findings in much of Prof. Yildiz’s work were obtained through the development of in situ surface science techniques in conjunction with first-principles calculations and novel atomistic simulations. The Yildiz laboratory develops and implements new scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy capabilities in harsh in situ conditions of temperature, reactive gasses and mechanical stresses; a first-of-its kind capability. Her computational specialization includes development of new multiscale models to overcome the timescale limitation of traditional atomistic methods while coupling to the same atomistic length scales attainable in her experiments.


Recent Publications

  1. Antisite defects stabilized by antiphase boundaries in YFeO3 thin films
    Abinash Kumar, Konstantin Klyukin, Shuai Ning, Cigdem Ozsoy-Keskinbora, Mikhail Ovsyanko, Felix van Uden, Ruud Krijnen, Bilge Yildiz, Caroline A. Ross, James M. LeBeau
    arXiv preprint arXiv:2107.09152v1
  2. Voltage control of ferrimagnetic order and voltage-assisted writing of ferrimagnetic spin textures
    Mantao Huang, Muhammad Usama Hasan, Konstantin Klyukin, Delin Zhang, Deyuan Lyu, Pierluigi Gargiani, Manuel Valvidares, Sara Sheffels, Alexandra Churikova, Felix Büttner, Jonas Zehner, Lucas Caretta, Ki-Young Lee, Joonyeon Chang, Jian-Ping Wang, Karin Leistner, Bilge Yildiz & Geoffrey S. D. Beach
    Nature Nanotechnology, 2021. DOI: 10.1038/s41565-021-00940-1
  3. Probing point and planar defects in multiferroic YFeO3 thin films
    Abinash Kumar, Shuai Ning, Konstantin Klyukin, Bilge Yildiz, Caroline Ross and James LeBeau
    Microscopy and Microanalysis, 27(S1), 2144-2145. DOI: 10.1017/S143192762100773X
  4. Electronegative metal dopants improve switching consistency in Al2O3 resistive switching devices
    Zheng Jie Tan*, Vrindaa Somjit*, Cigdem Toparli, Bilge Yildiz, Nicholas Fang
    arXiv preprint arXiv:2104.13301
    *=equally contributing authors
  5. CMOS-compatible protonic programmable resistor based on phosphosilicate glass electrolyte for analog deep learning
    Murat Onen, Nicolas Emond, Ju Li, Bilge Yildiz, and Jesús A. del Alamo
    Nano Letters, 21, 14, 6111–6116, 2021. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c01614
  6. An antisite defect mechanism for room temperature ferroelectricity in orthoferrites
    Shuai Ning, Abinash Kumar, Konstantin Klyukin, Eunsoo Cho, Jong Heon Kim, Tingyu Su, Hyun-Suk Kim, James LeBeau, Bilge Yildiz, and Caroline Ross
    Nature Communications, 12, 4298, 2021. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-24592-w
  7. Structure, kinetics, and thermodynamics of water and its ions at the interface with monoclinic ZrO2 resolved via ab initio molecular dynamics
    Jing Yang, Mostafa Youssef, and Bilge Yildiz
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2021. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c02064
  8. Tuning Point Defects by Elastic Strain Modulates Nanoparticle Exsolution on Perovskite Oxides
    Jiayue Wang, Jing Yang, Alexander K. Opitz, William Bowman, Roland Bliem, Georgios Dimitrakopoulos, Andreas Nenning, Iradwikanari Waluyo, Adrian Hunt, Jean-Jacques Gallet, and Bilge Yildiz
    Chemistry of Materials, 33, 13, 5021–5034, 2021. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c00821
  9. Highly Durable C2 Hydrocarbon Production via the Oxidative Coupling of Methane Using a BaFe0.9Zr0.1O3−δ Mixed Ionic and Electronic Conducting Membrane and La2O3 Catalyst
    Georgios Dimitrakopoulos, Bonjae Koo, Bilge Yildiz, and Ahmed F. Ghoniem
    ACS Catalysis, 11, 3638−3661, 2021. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c04888
  10. Hf Deposition Stabilizes the Surface Chemistry of Perovskite Manganite Oxide
    Roland Bliem*, Dongha Kim*, Jiayue Wang, Ethan J. Crumlin, and Bilge Yildiz
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 125, 6, 3346–3354, 2021. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c09707
    *=equally contributing authors
  11. Precipitation of dopants on acceptor-doped LaMnO3 revealed by defect chemistry from first principles
    Franziska Hess and Bilge Yildiz
    The Journal of Chemical Physics, 154, 064702, 2021. DOI: 10.1063/5.0035691

All publications


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



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