Energy Research Initiative
Hector D. Abruna
“Materials Advances for Electrical Energy Generation and Storage: Fuel Cells, Batteries and Super-Caps”
Professor Abruña, Emile M. Chamot Professor of Chemistry is Director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2) and the Center for Molecular Interfacing (cmi). He completed his graduate studies with Royce W. Murray and Thomas J. Meyer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980 and was a postdoctoral research associate with Allen J. Bard at the University of Texas at Austin. After a brief stay at the University of Puerto Rico, he moved to Cornell in 1983. He was Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology from 2004-2008.
Prof. Abruña has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Presidential Young Investigator Award, Sloan Fellowship, J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship and J. W. Fulbright Senior Fellow. He is the recipient of the Electrochemistry Award for the American Chemical Society (2008), and the C.N. Reilley Award in Electrochemistry for 2007. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He received the D. C. Grahame Award from the Electrochemical Society for 2009 and most recently, the Faraday Medal of the electrochemistry section of the Royal Society for 2011. Prof. Abruña is the co-author of over 350 publications and has given over 450 invited lectures world-wide. Out of the 36 students that, to date, have obtained a Ph.D. under his direction, 12 have gone on to faculty positions.