Welcome to The Abate Group

Led by Prof. Iwnetim Abate in Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT


Materials for Decarbonization and Energy Accessibility

The Abate Lab at MIT will aim at developing material and device solutions for two current grand challenges: climate change and energy accessibility. Global energy transition to renewables is indispensable to combat these challenges and ultimately ensure the continuity of life on earth. Electrochemistry and materials play one of the most significant roles in enabling the energy transition. We are delighted to be part of this era and institution, to stand on the shoulder of giants and make meaningful and impactful contributions to the society through materials innovation and novel electrochemical devices. To ensure for equitable and sustainable energy transition, our group will focus on discovering high-performance, low-cost, sustainable, and environmentally friendly materials.

Our Research Approach

With applications mentioned above in mind, we seek and explore ideas to create new materials or engineer existing ones by manipulating their electron, spin, lattice, and orbital degree of freedom. We test these ideas using ground state and excited state calculations. We will use the results to design materials (both model systems and functional materials) and test with experiments (both at the material and device level). We will apply state-of-the-art synthesis techniques (e.g. solid-state synthesis and chemical vapor deposition), electron, optical and X-ray characterization techniques (e.g. high resolution TEM and X-ray methods both at MIT and Synchrotron sources) and quantum mechanical calculations (e.g. DFT, OCEAN and physics based high-throughput material screening). While the figure above depicts the overall scientific research approach in our group, discoveries at times are serendipitous and we aim to keep our eye for surprises and investigating them in holistic manner.


Principal Investigator 

Professor Iwnetim Abate

Iwnetim (Tim) Abate is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Previously, he was Miller and Presidential Fellow at UC Berkeley (with Professor Mark Asta and Kwabena Bedikao) working on layered materials for application in computing, catalysis, and sensing. His PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University focused on designing high-performance materials for Li- and Na-ion batteries and elucidating their reaction mechanism (with Professor William Chueh and Thomas Devereaux). Before joining Stanford, he was researcher at IBM Alamden and Los Alamos National Laboratory working on metal-air batteries and hybrid perovskite solar cells, respectively. 

Group Members

Dr. Victor Venturi


Dr. Yifan Gao


Hugh Smith


Corson Chao


Anirudh Adavi


Ennoch Ellis


Kathryn Simons


Mahia Brown




Our lab is in 5th floor of building 13th housing state-of-the-art tools (including tools for electrochemical characterization, synthesis, gloveboxes, physical property measurements system, microscopes, etc. Pictures will be posted here soon). In addition. we will use shared facilities at MIT, national computing centers and synchrotron sources in the US and around the world.



MIT.nano is a 200,000-square-foot nanoscience and nanotechnology facility in the heart of the campus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), is a high performance computing (supercomputer) user facility operated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the United States Department of Energy


X-ray sources

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, originally named Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, is a United States Department of Energy National Laboratory operated by Stanford University under the programmatic direction of the U.S.



Professor Abate is a co-founder and president of a non-profit organization (www.scifro.org) working on empowering the African youth to solve local problems through scientific research and innovation. The organization is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Science Foundation, American Physical Society and others.

The Abate lab, through SciFro organizes and provides opportunities for the lab members and the broader MIT community to engage in educational outreach in Africa and underrepresented minority communities in the United States. This will include summer schools, boot camps, hosting research in the lab, online lectures, developing teaching kits, and recruiting for graduate studies.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02139
Bldg 13-5094