Ilke Arslan is currently the Interim Director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) and the Nanoscience and Technology Division at Argonne National Laboratory. After receiving her PhD degree in physics from the University of California, Davis (UC
Davis), she spent two years at the University of Cambridge working under the National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship and the Royal Society USA Research Fellowship. She has held the Truman Fellowship from Sandia National Laboratories,
an Assistant Professorship at UC Davis’ Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, a senior scientist position (and adjunct faculty at UC Davis) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and a position as Group Leader for
Electron and X-ray Microscopy at Argonne’s CNM. Arslan has been honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP).
Arslan has been heavily involved with the Materials Research Society (MRS) throughout her career. Starting as an undergraduate, she received the MRS Undergraduate Materials Research Initiative Award for performing undergraduate research. As a graduate
student, she received the MRS Graduate Student Gold Award. Over her professional career, she has served, and continues to serve, the MRS in numerous ways:
- Editorial Board of the MRS Bulletin;
- Meeting Chair for the 2017 Fall MRS Meeting;
- Symposium Organizer for Fall MRS Meetings in 2013 and 2016;
- Volume Organizer for the MRS Bulletin;
- MRS Government Affairs Committee (and until recently the Vice Chair of the GAC);
- MRS Congressional Visits Day Subcommittee;
- Represented the MRS to advocate for science on Congressional Visits multiple years;
- MRS Women in Materials Science and Engineering Subcommittee;
- MRS Postdoctoral Award Committee;
- MRS Undergraduate Materials Research Initiative Committee;
- Attending and participating in MRS meetings for over two decades.
She also serves on the Editorial Boards of Materials Research Letters and Microscopy and Microanalysis. For the Microscopy Society of America (MSA), she has served as a Tour Speaker for the Local Affiliated Societies since 2008, and
organized five symposia and taught three short courses. She has also served on various committees for the American Chemical Society. She has a strong commitment to “giving back” and to promoting the next generation of scientists and engineers
through lectures and demonstrations to grade school, high school, and college students.
Arslan’s research has centered around understanding structure-property relationships of materials for energy applications through advanced methods in the (scanning) transmission electron microscope. This includes in-situ liquid imaging to understand
the dynamics of nucleation and growth in a native environment, and three-dimensional imaging to understand the true morphology and chemistry of nanomaterials in three dimensions. Most recently, she has led the installation and commissioning of an
ultrafast transmission electron microscope at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, bringing this important time-resolved capability to the national and international user community.