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Martirez | Chemical and Materials Modeling



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I’m currently an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles, working with UCLA’s Executive Vice Chancelor and Provost Emily A. Carter.

Research thrust. Application of quantum mechanical methods (density functional theory and multiconfigurational correlated wavefunction or post Hartree-Fock theories, e.g., CASSCF, CASPT2, and NEVPT2) to understand and design functional (nano)materials, focusing on materials for sustainable energy conversion technologies and green chemical processing


Honored to be one of the recepients of the 2020 ACS Physical Chemistry Division Young Investigation Awards

Research Highlights

A recent Princeton/UCLA, Rice, and UCSB collaboration entitled “Light-driven methane dry reforming with single atomic site antenna-reactor plasmonic photocatalysts,” which appeared in Nature Energy, was featured in Daily Bruin “UCLA researchers help develop improved process for synthesis gas production” by Zhichun Li, January 22, 2020

Chemical & Engineering News: “Light-activated catalyst makes syngas greener” by Leigh Krietsch Boerner, January 17, 2020

Rice News: “Rice’s low-temp photocatalyst could slash the carbon footprint for syngas” by Jade Boyd, January 10, 2020

Nature - Research Highlights: “More light than heat helps turn greenhouse gases into valuable product” January 9, 2020

and UCLA newsroom: “A greener, simpler way to create syngas” by Mathew Chin, January 6, 2020

Our paper J. M. P. Martirez, and E. A. Carter, Prediction of a Low-Temperature N2 Dissociation Catalyst Exploiting Near IR-to-Visible Light Nanoplasmonics. Sci. Adv., 3, eaao4710 (2017) was featured in Chemical and Engineering News, Princeton Engineering News, and Princeton University News

Recent Publications

Complete list and links

J. M. P. Martirez, and E. A. Carter, Secondary transition-metal dopants for enhanced electrochemical O2 formation and desorption on Fe-doped β-NiOOH. ACS Energy Letters, 5, 962-967 (2020)

J. M. P. Martirez, and E. A. Carter, Noninnocent influence of host β-NiOOH redox activity on transition metal dopants’ efficacy as active sites in electrocatalytic water oxidation. ACS Catalysis, 10, 2720-2734 (2020)

A. G. Rajan, J. M. P. Martirez, and E. A. Carter, Facet-Independent Oxygen Evolution Activity of Pure β-NiOOH: Different Chemistries Leading to Similar Overpotentials. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142, 3600-3612 (2020)

L. Zhou, J. M. P. Martirez, J. Finzel, C. Zhang, D. F. Swearer, S. Tian, H. Robatjazi, M. Lou, L. Dong, L. Henderson, P. Christopher, E. A. Carter, P. Nordlander, N. J. Halas, Light-driven methane dry reforming with single atomic site antenna-reactor plasmonic photocatalysts. Nature Energy, 5, 61-70 (2020)

D. F. Swearer, H. Robatjazi, J. M. P. Martirez, M. Zhang, L. Zhou, E. A. Carter, P. Nordlander, and N. J. Halas, Plasmonic Photocatalysis of Nitrous Oxide into N2 and O2 using Aluminum-Iridium Antenna-Reactor Nanoparticles. ACS Nano, 13, 8076-8086 (2019)

J. M. P. Martirez, and E. A. Carter, Unraveling Oxygen Evolution on Iron-Doped β-Nickel Oxyhydroxide: the Key Role of Highly Active Molecular-like Sites. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141, 693-705 (2019)

Z. Chen, J. M. P. Martirez, P. Zahl, E. A. Carter, and B. E. Koel, Self-Assembling of Formic Acid on the Partially Oxidized p(2x1) Cu(110) Surface Reconstruction at Low Coverages. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 150, 041720 (2019)

A. J. Tkalych, J. M. P. Martirez, and E. A. Carter, Thermodynamic evaluation of trace-amount transition-metal ion doping in NiOOH films. J. Electrochem. Soc., 165, F907-F913 (2018)

J. M. P. Martirez, and E. A. Carter, Effects of the Aqueous Environment on the Stability and Chemistry of β-NiOOH Surfaces. Chem. Mater., 30, 5205-5219 (2018)