Argonne National Laboratory

Alex Martinson - chemist

Alex Martinson

- Materials Science

Alex Martinson is an expert in photovoltaics, atomic layer deposition and solar energy conversion.

Alex’s current research focuses on new routes to high efficiency photovoltaics designed to use affordable and earth abundant materials.  He aims to identify and exploit novel optoelectronic phenomenon that enable fundamentally new approaches to solar energy conversion.

Recent studies have included the use of atomic layer deposition to grow high surface area transparent and conductive photoelectrodes for application in dye-sensitized solar cells, a new route to hematite thin films for solar fuels production, and a surface synthetic strategy for thin film photovoltaics using ultrathin absorber layers.

To date, he has 17 publications and holds one U.S. patent in the fields of solar energy and chemistry.

Awards, Honors, and Memberships

  • Member, Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center (ANSER)
  • Member of the ACS, MRS, and ECS
  • Colin Garfield Fink Fellowship of The Electrochemical Society
  • Link Foundation Energy Fellowship
  • Associate Chair, 2011 Gordon Research Seminar on “Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels”
  • Session Chair, Energy Applications in Atomic Layer Deposition at the 2010 Fall ECS Meeting

Publications & Patents

  • 17 publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • 1 U.S. patent
  • 2 U.S. patent applications