About me


I am a physicist applying mathematical and computational methods to material science. In other words, I use the world’s largest computers to understand solids at the smallest scale and design tomorrow’s energy materials.

My name is Axiel Yaël, and I am a European postdoctoral research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US. I work both in the Materials Theory group, and the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Group.

Please use the menu above to find my CV, research interests, list of publications & talks, as well as outreach activities I am involved in.

I publish under Axiel Yaël Birenbaum. My full and official name is Yaël Liliane Birenbaum-Haligua. I hold both French and Canadian citizenships. This is the name written in those passports but go by Axiel.

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