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Alex Martinson

Chemist & Principal Investigator
- Materials Science


  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Northwestern University - 2008
  • B.A., Chemistry and Mathematics, Luther College - 2003

Professional Experience

  • Chemist, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) - 2014-present
  • Assistant Chemist, ANL - 2009-2014
  • Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, ANL - 2008-2009
  • 70 publications with 4000+ total citations
  • Author and inventor on 9 patents and pending applications
  • Founding Member - ANL-NU Solar Energy Research Center ERFC
  • Founding Member - Inorganometallic Catalysis Design Center (ICDC)

Research Interests

Alex Martinson is a Chemist at ANL in the Materials Science Division, Interfaces for Clean Energy Theme, Surface Chemistry Group. The aim of his research is to elucidate and leverage a multitude of technologically relevant surface chemistries and optoelectronic processes that occur at the interface between materials. The research tests the limits of what is possible in digital materials synthesis and device fabrication at length scales approaching the atomic level.
Present work is intended to advance the science of solar energy conversion and catalysis through the design, modeling, and fabrication of photovoltaics (PV), solar fuels platforms, and single site catalytic frameworks. Disruptive designs are enabled through the precise spatial and chemical control afforded by atomic layer deposition (ALD). These studies explore the intersection of earth-abundant materials, photoelectrochemistry, and targeted materials synthesis in order to study their synergies and reveal the shortcomings of our control over energy and matter.

Recent Publications

  • Sampson, M. D.; Emery, J. D.; Pellin, M. J.;  Martinson, A. B. F. “Inhibiting Metal Oxide Atomic Layer Deposition: Beyond Zinc Oxide” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, ASAP (
  • Weimer, M. S.; McCarthy, R. F.; Emery, J. D.; Bedzyk, M. J.; Sen, F. G.; Kinaci, A.; Chan, M. K. Y.; Hock, A. S.; Martinson, A. B. F. “Template-Free Vapor-Phase Growth of Patrónite by Atomic Layer Deposition” Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 28654-2873.  (
  • Riha, S. C.; Koegel, A. A.; Emery, J. D.; Pellin, M. J.; Martinson, A. B. F “Low-temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of CuSbS2 for Thin Film Photovolatics” ACS. Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 4467-4673.  (
  • Sampson, M. D.; Parks, J. S.; Schaller, R. D.; Chan, M. K. Y.; Martinson, A. B. F. “Transition Metal-Substituted Lead Halide Perovskite Absorbers” J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 3578-3588. (
  • Kim, I. S.; Cao, D.; Buchholz, D.; Emery, J.; Farha, O.; Hupp, J. T.; Kanatzidis, M; Martinson, A. B. F. “Liquid Water- and Heat-Resistant Hybrid Perovskite Photovoltaics via an Inverted ALD Oxide Electron Extraction Layer Design” Nano Lett. 2016, 7786-7790. ( [Highlighted in ‘Frontiers in Energy Research Newletter’ “Teaching Pervoskites to Swim” Spring 2017]

Full Publications List

See CV

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