Lionano Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Sciences

May 1, 2018

Cornell University Professor Héctor D. Abruña Honored for Continuing Achievement in Research on the Performance of Fuel Cells and Batteries

Woburn, Mass., May 1, 2018 – Lionano, a developer and manufacturer of advanced battery energy storage technologies, today announced that Héctor D. Abruña, its co-founder and chief scientific advisor, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his research on materials development used to enhance the performance of fuel cells and batteries. Abruña is one of only 84 new members who were recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established in 1863, the NAS provides independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to research.

Abruña, the Émile M. Chamot Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, is a distinguished professor of electrochemistry at Cornell University where his group performs cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research to address problems of electrochemical interest, from fundamental studies of battery and fuel cell systems to molecular electronics.

In 2013, Abruña and a group of Cornell PhD and MBA graduates formed Lionano, which developed a proprietary cathode material that enables batteries with greater storage capacity. Lionano now supplies major battery manufacturers around the world with its drop-in battery technology that significantly improves the key performance metrics of lithium-ion batteries for applications in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.

Abruña was born and raised in Puerto Rico and in 1975 earned a BS degree in Chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where in 1980, he earned a PhD in analytical chemistry. He was a Post-Doctoral associate at the University of Texas at Austin. After a brief stay at the University of Puerto Rico, he joined Cornell in 1983. Among Abruña’s many awards and honors are the 2009 D. C. Grahame Award from the Electrochemical Society, the 2011 Faraday Medal of the Royal Society, the 2013 Brian Conway Prize from the International Society of Electrochemistry, and the 2016 Gold Medal of the International Society of Electrochemistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Society of Electrochemistry, and the Electrochemical Society.
Throughout his career he has over 470 publications, one book, and 18 patents.

About Lionano, Inc.
Headquartered in Woburn, Mass. Lionano is a developer and manufacturer of advanced battery energy storage technologies for the electric vehicle and consumer electronics markets. Founded in 2013 at Cornell University, Lionano is a premier supplier to major battery manufacturers globally. For more information visit

Company Contact:

Dan Jossman
Director of Operations
Lionano, Inc.

Media Contact:

Cory Ziskind