Yossef Elabd

Professor - Chemical Engineering

Holder of Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship

Associate Department Head

Director of the Undergraduate Program

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 845-7506

E-mail: elabd@tamu.edu

Departmental Page

Research Interests

  • Electrochemical Energy (Fuel Cells, Capacitors, Batteries)
  • Polymers (Ionic Polymers, Block Copolymers, Polymer Membranes, Polymer Nanofibers, Transport and Thermodynamics in Polymers)

Awards & Honors

  • Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Bologna, 2015
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2007
  • DuPont Science and Engineering Award, 2005
  • ARO Young Investigator Award, 2004
  • NRC Postdoctoral Award, 2001


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2001
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1995


  •  2014-present      Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (Department of Chemical Engineering) Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship (2017-present), Professor (2014-present), Associate Department Head (2016-present), Director of the Undergraduate Program (2016-present)
  • 2003-2014           Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering) Professor (2013-2014), Associate Professor (2009-2013), Assistant  Professor (2003-2009)
  • 2008-2015           Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy Senior Fellow, Instituto di Studi Avanzati (2015, 1 mo.), Visiting Scholar (2010, 2 wk.; 2008, 2 mo. – NSF Funded)
  •  2011                     Food & Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD Scholar in Residence (2011, 5 mo. – NSF Funded)
  • 2001-2003           U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen, MD (Materials Division) NRC Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1996                     SCM Chemicals, Baltimore, MD R&D Chemical Engineer


  • Santos, M.C.; Bendiksen, B.; Elabd Y.A. Diffusion of Liquid Water in Free-Standing Polymer Films using Pressure-Contact Time-Resolved Fourier Transform Infrared Attenuated Total Reflectance Spectroscopy.Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2017, 56, 3464–3476.
  • Chen, T.-L.; Elabd, Y.A.; Hybrid-Capacitors with Polyaniline/Carbon Electrodes Fabricated via Simultaneous Electrospinning/Electrospraying. Electrochimica Acta 2017, 229, 65-72.
  • Nykaza, J.R.; Li, Y.; Elabd, Y.A.; Snyder, J.D. Effect of Alkaline Exchange Polymerized Block Copolymer Ionomers on the Kinetics of Fuel Cell Half-Reactions. J. Electroanalytical Chem. 2016, 783, 182-187.
  • Nykaza, J.R.; Savage, A.M.; Pan, Q.; Wang, S.; Beyer, F.L.; Tang, M.H.; Li, C.Y.; Elabd, Y.A. Polymerized Ionic Liquid Diblock Copolymer as Solid-State Separator and Electrolyte in Lithium-Ion Battery. Polymer 2016, 101, 311-318.
  • Nykaza, J.R.; Benjamin, R.; Meek, K.M. Elabd, Y.A. Polymerized Ionic Liquid Diblock Copolymer as an Ionomer and Anion Exchange Membrane for Alkaline Fuel Cells. Chemical Engineering Science 2016, 154, 119-127. Invited Contribution, Special Issue on Recent Advances in Energy Conversion and Storage Devices
  • Meek, K.M.; Elabd, Y.A. Sulfonated Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers. Macromolecular Rapid Comm. 2016, 37, 1200-1206. Invited Contribution, Special Issue on Ionic Liquids in Polymer Design
  • Meek, K.M.; Nykaza, J.R.; Elabd, Y.A. Alkaline Chemical Stability and Ion Transport in Polymerized Ionic Liquids with Various Backbones and Cations. Macromolecules 2016, 49, 3382-2294.
  • Santos, M.; Jing, Y.; Fang, L.; Chaplin, B.P; Elabd Y.A. Highly Porous Ti4O7 Reactive Electrode Water Filtration Membranes via Simultaneous Electrospinning/Electrospraying Method. AIChE J. 2016, 62, 508-524. Invited Contribution, Special Issue on Advances in Materials
  • Nykaza, J.R.; Ye, Y.; Nelson, R.L.; Jackson, A.C.; Beyer, F.L.; Davis, E.M.; Page, K.A. Sharick, S.; Winey, K.I.; Elabd, Y.A. Polymerized Ionic Liquid Diblock Copolymers: Impact of Water/Ion Clustering on Ion Conductivity. Soft Matter 2016, 12, 1133-1144.
  • Meek, K.M.; Elabd, Y.A. Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers for Electrochemical Energy. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2015, 3, 24187-24194. Invited Contribution
  • Meek, K.M.; Elabd, Y.A. Alkaline Chemical Stability of Polymerized Ionic Liquids with Different Cations. Macromolecules 2015, 48, 7071-7084.
  • Tran, C.; Lawrence, D.; Richey, F.W.; Dillard, C.; Elabd, Y.A.; Kalra, V. Binder-free Three-dimensional High Energy Density Electrodes for Ionic-Liquid Supercapacitors. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 13670-13763.
  • Meek, K.M.; Sharick, S.; Ye, Y.; Winey, K.I.; Elabd, Y.A. Bromide and Hydroxide Conductivity-Morphology Relationships in Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers. Macromolecules 2015, 48, 4850-4862.

  • Ansaloni, L.; Nykaza, J.R.; Ye, Y.; Elabd, Y.A.; Giacinti Baschetti, M. Influence of Water Vapor on the Gas Permeability of Polymerized Ionic Liquid Membranes. J. Membr. Sci., 2015, 487, 199-208.
  • Salazar, M.; Richey, F.; Elabd, Y.A; Reznikov, M. Further Improvement of the Ionic Thermoelectric Generator. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Applications 2015, 51, 1132-1136.
  • Richey, F.W.; Tran, C.; Kalra, V.; Elabd, Y.A. Ionic Liquid Dynamics in Nanoporous Carbon Nanofibers in Supercapacitors Measured with in operando Infrared Spectroelectrochemistry. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 21846-21855.
  • Forrey, C.; Saylor, D.M.; Silverstein, J.S.; Douglas, J.F.; Davis, E.M.; Elabd, Y.A. Prediction and Validation of Diffusion Coefficients in a Model Drug Delivery System Using Microsecond Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulation and Vapor Sorption Analysis. Soft Matter 2014, in press. doi: 10.1039/C4SM01297F
  • Nykaza, J.R.; Ye, Y.; Elabd, Y.A. Polymerized Ionic Liquid Diblock Copolymers with Long Alkyl SideChain Length. Polymer 2014, 55, 3360-3369. Invited Contribution, Special Issue on Polymerized Ionic Liquids
  • Wang, X.; Richey, F.W.; Wujcik, K.; Ventura, R.; Mattson, K.; Elabd, Y.A. Effect of Polytetrafluoroethylene on Ultra-Low Platinum Loaded Electrospun/Electrosprayed Electrodes in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. Electrochimica Acta 2014, 139, 217-224.
  • Zhang, L.; Kucera, L.R.; Ummadisetty, S.; Nykaza, J.R.; Elabd, Y.A.; Story, R.F.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Weiss, R.A. Supramolecular Multiblock Polystyrene-Polyisobutylene Copolymers via Ionic Interactions. Macromolecules 2014, 47, 4387-4396.
  • Wang, X.; Richey, F.W.; Wujcik, K.; Elabd, Y.A. Ultra-Low Platinum Loadings in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Electrodes Fabricated via Simultaneous Electrospinning/Electrospraying Method. J. Power Sources 2014, 264, 42-48. Y. A.
  • Dever, D.O.; Cairncross, R.A.; Elabd, Y.A. Nanofiber Cathode Catalyst Layer Model for a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell. J. Fuel Cell Sci. & Tech. 2014, 11, 041007, 1-13.
  • Choi, U.H.; Ye, Y.; Salas de la Cruz, D.; Liu, W.; Winey, K.I., Elabd, Y.A.; Runt, J.; Colby, R.H. Dielectric and Viscoelastic Responses of Imidazolium-Based Ionomers with Different Counterions and Side Chain Lengths. Macromolecules 2014, 47, 777-790.
  • Liu, Y.; Kim, E.; Lee, M.E.; Zhang, B.; Elabd, Y.A.; Wang, Q.; White, I.M. Bentley, W.E.; Payne, G.F. Enzymatic Writing to Soft Films: Potential to Filter, Store and Analyze Biologically-relevant Chemical Information. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2014, 24, 480-491. Davis, E.M.; Elabd, Y.A. Water Clustering in Glassy Polymers. J. Phys. Chem. B 2013, 117, 10629-10640.