Iwnetim (Tim) Abate is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work combines electrochemistry, X-ray and electrochemical characterization with quantum mechanical simulations to design materials for decarbonization and sustainability. Prior to joining MIT DMSE, he was both a Miller and Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley working on layered materials (including 2D materials and heterostructures) for application in computing, catalysis, and sensing. He completed his Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. at Stanford, with or under Prof. William Chueh and Prof. Thomas Devereaux. His PhD aimed at improving the energy capacity of Li- and Na-ion batteries to meet the ever-growing global demand for energy storage. Prior to joining Stanford, he did a research stint at IBM Alamden and Los Alamos National Laboratory working on metal-air batteries and hybrid perovskite solar cells, respectively. Iwnetim was born and raised in Ethiopia.
Outside the lab, Iwnetim 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.