Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Daniel M. Martínez Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor

Office Location

105 Bailey Hall (Gorham Office); 196 Science (Portland Lab)

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2019

T/Th 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (or by appointment)


207.780.5444 (office); 207.780.4019 (lab)

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering


I earned my bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees from the University of Rochester (UR) in western New York. All but one of my Ph.D. years were spent at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland where I studied gas-to-liquid phase changes and small particle production with a focus on alkali and alkaline earth metals. Phase transitions in particular are fascinating, happening every where we look both on Earth and in the heavens. I had a blast doing that work and still very much miss Goddard, but decided to change things up near the end of my Ph.D, and started studying energy sustainability.


Since joining USM in 2008, I have worked on both scholarship and teaching, published three energy textbooks, and created ESP's energy curriculum. I've started going back to my roots and am working on nucleation again, as well as some applied chemistry projects related to molecular gels and foams, which have strong environmental considerations.


Courses taught at USM:

Rooftop Energy (ESP 199)

Atmosphere (ESP 207)

Earth Problems (ESP 199)

Energy Use & Societal Adaptation (ESP 275)

Energy Efficiency (ESP 311)

Renewable Energy Technologies (ESP 313)

Sustainable Communities (CPD 602)

Research Interests

thermodynamics, air quality, energy sustainability, STEM education and literacy

Recent Publications

Martínez, D.M., B.W. Ebenhack., and T.P. Wagner. 2019. Energy Efficiency: Concepts and Calculations. London: Elsevier Science. ISBN:  9780128121115

Martínez, D.M. and B.W. Ebenhack. 2015. Valuing Energy for Global Needs: A Systems Approach. New York: Momentum Press. ISBN: 9781606502631.

Wagner, T. P., McCormick, K., & Martínez, D. M. 2015. Fostering STEM literacy through a tabletop wind turbine environmental science laboratory activity. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1-9.

Ebenhack, B.W. and D.M. Martínez. 2013. The Path to More Sustainable Energy Systems: How do we get there from here? New York: Momentum Press. ISBN: 978-1606502600.

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.