Alex B.F. Martinson
Dr Alex Martinson's current research focuses on new routes to high efficiency solar energy utilization using affordable and earth abundant materials. He aims to identify and exploit new surface chemistry, interfaces, and optoelectronic phenomenon that enable fundamentally new approaches to photovoltaics and solar fuels generation. 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 the investigation of ultrathin absorber layers (e.g. Cu2S and CZTS) for thin film photovoltaics.
- Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Northwestern University - 2008
- B.A., Chemistry and Mathematics, Luther College - 2003
- Chemist, Argonne National Laboratory - 2014-present
- Assistant Chemist, Argonne National Laboratory - 2009-2014
- Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory - 2008-2009
- Publications have received over 3000 citations with an h-index of 23 (see Google Scholar Page)
- Author and inventor on 9 patents and pending applications
- Member of the Argonne Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center, an Energy Frontier Research Center
- Member of the Inorganometallic Catalysis Design Center, an Energy Frontier Research Center
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 exploit 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.