Elabd received his Ph.D. and B.S. both in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County, respectively. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and served as a Senior Fellow at the Instituto di Studi Avanzati, Università di Bologna. He received numerous awards including the NSF CAREER Award, DuPont Science and Engineering Award, and the ARO Young Investigator Award.
His current research is funded by NSF, DoD, DoE, and Kraton Polymers. He has published more than 125 publications. His research focuses on the synthesis of new polymeric materials and their integration and performance in electrochemical energy devices, such as batteries, capacitors, and fuel cells. He has taught chemical engineering courses at all levels (freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate).