Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Daniel M. Martinez

Assistant Research Professor in Environmental Science


105 Bailey Hall (Gorham)

Office Hours Spring 2015

Thursdays 9 am - 11 am

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5444

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester

M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester

Martinez received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester in western New York. He continued there to pursue a Ph.D., and after qualifying for entry into the program left for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to conduct his graduate laboratory research. At Goddard he studied nucleation phenomenon, specifically vapor to particle conversion of metals in a gas evaporation condensation chamber. At the end of his Ph.D. work, Daniel became active in a non-profit energy corporation, AHEAD Energy, whose mission is to increase energy access in the developing world. There he became interested in understanding energy use and impacts from the perspectives of both the developed and the developing worlds and worked as a postdoctoral fellow through AHEAD and the University of Rochester. Since joining USM in 2008, Martinez has worked on both research and teaching, published an energy textbook, and has been the architect of the Department's Applied Energy Curriculum.

Courses Taught at USM:

ESP 199 Rooftop Energy

ESP 275 Energy Use & Societal Adaptation

ESP 311 Energy Efficiency

ESP 313 Renewable Energy Technologies

CPD 602 Sustainable Communities

Research Interests

nucleation phenomena, chemical hydrogen storage and reactivity, STEM education theory

Recent Publications

Ebenhack, B.W., and D.M. Martínez. 2009. Before the Peak: Impacts of oil shortages on the developing world. Chapter 7 in “From Curse to Blessing: Using Natural Resources to Fuel Development.” International Social Science Journal Monograph Series. I. Khodeli, Editor. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

Ebenhack, B.W. and D.M. Martínez. 2008. What does sustainability mean to petroleum? Proceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 5, pp. 3589-3603.

Ebenhack, B.W., and D.M. Martínez. 2008. Old carbon vs. new carbon in climate change. Society of Petroleum Engineers - 9th International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 2008 - "In Search of Sustainable Excellence" 3, pp. 1179-1186.

Martínez, D.M., and B.W. Ebenhack. 2008. Understanding the role of energy consumption in human development through the use of saturation phenomena. Energy Policy 36 (4), pp. 1430- 1435.

Martínez, D.M., F.T. Ferguson, R.H. Heist, and J.A. Nuth III. 2005. Experimental studies of the vapor phase nucleation of refractory compounds. VI. The condensation of sodium. J. Chem. Phys. 123 (5), pp. 1-6. 2
Heist, R.H., A. Bertelsmann, D. Martínez, and Y.F. Chan. 2003. Thermal diffusion cloud chamber: New criteria for proper operation. Atm. Res. 65 (3-4), pp. 189-209.

Martínez, D.M., F.T. Ferguson, R.H. Heist, and J.A. Nuth III. 2001. Application of scaled nucleation theory to metallic vapor condensation. J. Chem. Phys. 115 (1), pp. 310-316.