Center for Alkaline-Based Energy Solutions (CABES)



Héctor Abruña

Lead Institution

Cornell University




To achieve a detailed understanding of the nature, structure, and dynamics of electrocatalysis in alkaline media.

Research Topics

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), electrocatalysis, electrical energy storage, hydrogen and fuel cells, defects, mechanical behavior, corrosion, charge transport, membranes, water, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel systems), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (predictive), synthesis (scalable processing)

Systems Studied

Systems: metal, oxide, polymer, electrolytes, porous

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, organic/organic, inorganic/inorganic, gas/liquid, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured: 0D, 2D, 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, high-throughput screening methods, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), finite element methods, continuum modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning

Partner Institutions

  • Binghamton University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Yale University

BES Staff Contact

Craig Henderson