Héctor D. Abruña – Cornell University

Emile M. Chamot Professor of Chemistry and Chair


Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.), Physics, Technical University Munich, 1993


Professor Abruña 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 came to Cornell in 1983.

Research Interests

Our research effort takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of electrochemical phenomena. We employ electrochemical techniques as probes of a variety of chemical systems, and we use other techniques such as x-ray based methods, scanned probe microscopies (STM, AFM), low temperature conductance and spectrosocopic techniques to address problems of electrochemical interest.


  • Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • John S. Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Tajima Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry
  • J. W. Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship
  • Iberdrola Fellowship


Héctor D. Abruña – Cornell University

Office: 782A Spencer T. Olin Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-4720 or (607) 255-4175