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Alex Martinson

Chemist & Principal Investigator


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

Professional Experience

  • Chemist, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) - 2014-present
  • Senior Fellow, Northwestern Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering (NAISE), Northwestern University - 2016-present
  • Assistant Chemist, ANL - 2009-2014
  • Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, ANL - 2008-2009
  • 70 publications with 4600+ total citations
  • Author and inventor on 11 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 Argonne National Laboratory 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

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