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 (heterogeneous), electrocatalysis, hydrogen and fuel cells, charge transport, membranes, water, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials)

Materials Studied

Materials: metal, oxide, polymer, electrolytes, porous

Interfaces: gas/solid, liquid/solid

Nanostructured Materials: 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, ultrafast science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), dynamical mean field theory (DMFT), monte carlo (MC), 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