Professor Julio Martinez and his team are exploring nanotechnology and its big potential for exciting real-world applications
With an eye to the future, Julio Martinez and his research group are looking to thermoelectric and nanotechnology research with the hope of discovering applications that change lives.
"One nanometer is about 10,000 times thinner than a hair," said Martinez, a chemical engineering assistant professor." Those are the dimensions of the materials that my group works with to develop new research. Our research involves the use of advanced fabrication and characterization tools to understand the novel properties of nanostructured materials.
Some aspiring applications include the ability to harvest energy and send probes to Mars.
"We use nanomanipulation to essentially pick individual nanowires and place them in our devices. One example of nanotechnology application is converting heat into electricity by highly efficient thermoelectric materials."
A native of Buenos Aires, Martinez earned his bachelor's degree from the National Technological University in Argentina and his master's from Mississippi State University, where he became interested in nanotechnology. He obtained his doctorate from the University of California-Davis/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
NASA is supporting one of his projects in thermoelectrics.
Martinez is the recipient of the 2003 Honda-Barrier Fellowship and the Lawrence Scholar from Livermore National Laboratory in 2005.
Before joining the NMSU faculty in spring 2013, he worked at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia National Laboratories, N.M.