Alexis Wells Carpenter, PhD is Chief Scientist at AxNano, a cleantech company who’s mission is to identify, develop, and scale innovative solutions to restore clean water. Dr. Carpenter has overseen the transition of AxNano’s first commercial product: a controlled release ISCO product, RemRx™ CRP, for groundwater remediation. She is leading AxNano’s expansion into PFAS treatment and detection tehnologies. Dr. Carpenter has a BS in Chemistry from Virginia Tech, PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from UNC-CH, and PostDoc in Environmental Engineering from Duke University. Inspired by their participation in I-Corps@NIH, the AxNano team utilizes a design thinking approach for technology commercialization, balancing the necessary testing of technical hypotheses and business assumptions that are essential to bring high impact solutions to market.