Contributors to CABES

The nature of the questions CABES seeks to answer necessarily requires a team assembled from many disciplines, working together to address those questions.

Cornell leads the CABES effort, administratively and strategically.  Anchored by world-leading specialists in characterization (METHODS) and modeling (THEORY) of materials, and spanning all other thrust areas, Cornell contributes to the foundation of the CABES team.

With a long, distinguished history of contributing to US DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers, and a growing commitment to diverse energy research, Binghamton University contributes especially to the ELECTROCATALYSIS work of CABES.

A lion share of the enabling science behind CABES is in the field of alkaline anion-exchange MEMBRANES (AAEMs).  Among AAMEs, the leading materials are being generated in labs at Cornell and Carnegie Melon University (CMU).  CMU is also pioneering work to assemble electrodes from these AAEMs.

Modern fuel cell technology would not be possible without the research advancements from Los Alamos National Lab.  Particular to CABES, exciting advances in materials for ELECTROCATALYSIS that are free from expensive previous metals continue to come from labs at Los Alamos.

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is leading the way in analyzing how hydrogen can help our energy systems meet emissions and other targets.  In the context of CABES, labs at NREL contribute to studying components of, and fully assembled, alkaline fuel cells, with a focus on the impacts of MEMBRANES.

The Mallouk Group at University of Pennsylvania brings long-standing leadership in fuel cell materials development.  Of particular interest for CABES are the materials comprising SUPPORTS for fuel cell electrocatalysts.  These are critical components for durability of PEM fuel cells, and equally important in alkaline conditions.

To better understand the complexities of chemical and physical behavior of materials involved in the reactions of fuel cells, modeling and calculation of the energy and dynamics of these materials is required.  Experts in this field of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin contribute to CABES superlative THEORY team.

At the heart of it, a fuel cell enables an electron transfer coupled by proton mobility.  Years of work in this field have helped clarify these processes in conventional fuel cells.  Experts in this field of THEORY at Yale University are enabling CABES to investigate how these processes look in alkaline conditions.