Energy Materials Center at Cornell (EMC<sup>2</sup>)


Hector D. Abruna

Lead Institution:

Cornell University




To advance the science of energy conversion and storage by understanding and exploiting fundamental properties of active materials and their interfaces.

Research Topics:

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), energy storage (including batteries and capacitors), hydrogen and fuel cells, defects, charge transport, membrane, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing) 

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: semiconductor, metal, oxide, polymer, ionic liquid, porous
INTERFACES: organic/oxide, organic/organic, organic/metal, metal/oxide, semiconductor/semiconductor, gas/liquid, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid
NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D, nanocomposites

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

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

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • Cornell University
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory






BES Staff Contact:

Craig Henderson