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Alex B. Martinson


Alex Martinson is an Argonne Chemist who founded and directs Argonne’s selective interface reactions research program.


Alex Martinson is a Chemist in the Materials Science Division, Emerging Materials Group. He also serves as Deputy Director of Science for the Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems Center. The aim of his research is to discover and leverage technologically relevant surface chemistries and optoelectronic processes that occur at the interface between materials. His research tests the limits of what is possible in digital materials synthesis and device fabrication at length scales approaching the atomic level. His group develops precision synthesis methods with application to solar energy conversion, water-energy systems, detectors, and catalysis through the design, modeling, and fabrication of heterogeneous surfaces, solar fuels platforms, and advanced membrane materials. Disruptive designs are enabled through the precise spatial and chemical control afforded by atomic layer deposition (ALD). His studies explore the intersection of selective surface synthesis, thin film calorimetry, photoelectrochemistry, and precision cluster catalysis in order to study their synergies and reveal the shortcomings of our control over energy and matter.

Awards, Honors, and Memberships

  • Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry 2019 Young Investigator (Murray) Award
  • Deputy Director of Science - Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems (AMEWS) Center EFRC
  • Senior Fellow, Northwestern Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering (NAISE)
  • Senior Scientist, UChicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (CASE)

Select Publications


  • Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, 2008
  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Northwestern University - 2008
  • B.A., Chemistry and Mathematics, Luther College - 2003

Full Publications List

See CV/Resume