Axelbaum<img alt="Richard Axelbaum" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Axelbaum_Richard.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorRichard Axelbaum - Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering - ​Investigates ways to eliminate the formation of pollutants, such as soot<div>​​​​PhD, University of California–Davis, 1988</div><div>MS, University of California–Davis, 1983</div><div>BS, Washington University in St. Louis, 1977</div><p>​The Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science</p><h3>Research</h3><p></p>Rich Axelbaum studies combustion phenomena, ranging from oxy-coal combustion to flame synthesis of nanotubes. His studies of fossil fuel combustion focus on understanding the formation of pollutants, such as soot, and then using this understanding to develop novel approaches to eliminating them. Recently, his efforts have been focused on addressing global concerns over carbon dioxide emissions by developing approaches to carbon capture and storage (CCS).<div><br/>Axelbaum’s synthesis research has yielded methods of producing stable metal nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanotubes in flames. His present research in materials synthesis is directed towards producing next-generation battery materials for electric vehicles. Xtend Energy has recently acquired a licensed for the technology developed under this research.</div><div>​<br/>Professor Axelbaum also performs research on hydrogen fire safety and combustion in microgravity, and is principal investigator of a combustion experiment that is being prepared for the International Space Station. </div><div><br/></div><div><h3>Biography</h3><p>Professor Axelbaum is currently the Director of the <a href="">Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization</a> at WashU. He also heads the Laboratory for Advanced Combustion and Energy Research and served as associate director of the Center for Materials Innovation from 2005 to 2​008. From 1998 to 2007, he was chairman and chief scientific advisor for AP Materials, Inc., a startup company he founded that specialized in flame synthesis of nanopowders. Cabot Corporation acquired the company in August of 2007.</p><p>Professor Axelbaum has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and holds four patents. Prior to joining WashU ​in 1990 he was a research associate and lecturer at Princeton University. He has worked for General Electric and Barry-Wehmiller, and in 2006 was a visiting professor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.</p></div><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Axelbaum_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​314-935-7560<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Brauer Hall, Room 3006 <br/><br/></p><a href="">play video</a><ul><li> <a href="/news/Pages/Washington-University-seeks-solutions-to-global-energy-challenges.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff; line-height: 1.6;">Washington University seeks solutions to global energy challenges​​</a></li><li> <a href="/news/Pages/New-type-of-soot-from-wildfires-to-be-probed-for-role-in-climate-change.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff;">New type of soot from wildfires to be probed for role in climate change</a></li><li> <a href="/news/Pages/Washington-University-nets-$3.4-million-Energy-grant.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff;">​Washington University nets $3.4 million Energy grant​​</a>​<br/></li><li><a href="/news/Pages/Engineering-faculty-receive-I-CARES-Research-Awards.aspx">Engineering faculty receive I-CARES Research Awards</a> </li></ul>