Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2)

Program or topic

Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2)

Department(s) or unit(s)

A US Department of Energy Office of Science, Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)

emc2 is a research center based on the Ithaca campus, comprised of 19 faculty from five departments and two colleges, including:

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Physics
  • Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering

Contact information

Paul F. Mutolo

Program goals (or Mission Statement)

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

Brief Description

In 2009, the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, launched an ambitious new set of research centers based on 10-years worth of workshops resulting in more than 12 detailed reports that outline the needs for basic energy research across all sectors of US energy infrastructure.  The Energy Materials Center at Cornell is one of the first 46 of these centers.  Each has been funded for an initial 5-year period, with the possibility of renewal thereafter.

Research at the Energy Materials Center at Cornell is aimed at advancing the science of energy conversion and storage, especially with an eye to technology applications in batteries, super capacitors and fuel cells.  Our strategy is to develop a better understanding of active materials and their interfaces, such that this knowledge can be used toward the development of advanced materials to be used in next-generation devices.

By design, emc2 researchers work on teams organized by specific research objectives.  In this way, the contribution of each individual is magnified, and the resulting synergy enables a research program that would be impossible by an assembly of individuals.

In order to ensure the Center’s research is addressing real-world challenges, emc2 has developed an active external partnerships program, funded by New York State resources.  This program enables long-term relationships with industry leaders that provide two-way communication between industry developers and emc2 researchers.


  • Héctor D. Abruña, Emile M. Chamot Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology,

For more information

Category: Batteries/fuel cells, Energy, Research

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