Alex Martinson

  Alex Martinson

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

Professional Experience

Research Interests

Alex Martinson is a Chemist at ANL in the Materials Science Division, Interfaces for Clean Energy ThemeSurface 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.

Selected Publications

  • 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, ASAP (
  • Kim, I. S.; Haasch, R. T.; Cao, D. H.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Martinson, A. B. F. “Amorphous TiO2 Compact Layers via ALD for Planar Halide Perovskite Photovoltaics” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8, 24310-24314. (
  • McCarthy, R. F.; Weimer, M. S.; Haasch, R. T.; Schaller, R. D.; Hock, A. S.; Martinson, A. B. F.  "VxIn(2-x) S3 Intermediate Band Absorbers Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition" Chem. Mater. 2016, 28, 2033-2040. (
  • Emery, J. D.; Schlepütz, C. M.; Guo, P.; Chang, R. P. H.; Martinson, A. B. F. “Epitaxial Atomic Layer Deposition of Sn-doped Indium Oxide” Cryst. Growth Des.,2016, 16, 640-645. (
  • Riha, S. C.; Koegel, A. A.; Meng, X.; Kim, I. S.; Cao, Y.; Pellin, M. J.; Elam, J. W.; Martinson, A. B. F. “Atomic Layer Deposition of MnS: Phase Control and Electrochemical Applications” Appl. Mater. Interfaces2016, 8, 2774-2780. (
  • Kim, I. S.; Martinson, A. B. F. “Stabilizing Hybrid Perovskites Against Moisture and Temperature via Non-Hydrolytic Atomic Layer Deposited Overlayers” J. Mat. Chem. A2015, 3, 20092-20096. (

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