The Martinez Research Group interest lies in gaining a fundamental understanding of soft materials physics and then applying this knowledge to the development of functional structures for applications such as drug delivery, photonic materials, cell encapsulation, and chemical sensing. Soft materials are materials that are easily deformable by external stresses such as mechanical, electric, or magnetic fields, or even by thermal fluctuations. Examples of these materials include colloidal suspensions, complex fluids, polymer solutions, emulsions, and foams. Recent projects in our group include synthesis and encapsulation of bio-based phase change materials, fabrication of particles, the study of bilge water emulsions, and the development of PFAS-free firefighting foam formulations.
New Article: Regulating Asphalt Pavement Temperature using Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials (PCMs)
We are pleased to announce the publication of our work in collaboration with Prof. John Haddock of Civil Engineering at Purdue on using microencapsulated phase change materials for asphalt temperature regulation. Congratulations to Dr. Daniela Betancourt and the rest of the team for having their work published. Daniela Betancourt, Miguel A. Montoya, John Haddock, Jeffrey … Continue reading New Article: Regulating Asphalt Pavement Temperature using Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials (PCMs)
Yue Zheng presented a poster at the Fall ACS Meeting on her spontaneous emulsions work recently published in Langmuir: Yue Zheng, Cole R. Davis, John A. Howarter, Kendra A. Erk, and Carlos J. Martinez. “Spontaneous Emulsions: Adjusting Spontaneity and Phase Behavior by HLD-Guided Surfactant, Salt, and Oil Selection” Langmuir, 2022, 38, 14, 4276–4286 https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c03444
Congratulations to Brandon Wells for successfully defending his Master’s Thesis and graduating on August 6th! Brandon will join the Laurence Livermore National Lab this fall as a staff member. We wish Brandon the best of luck on his new endeavor, and we will miss you!