Enrico N Martinez

Professor of Engineering Practice

Purdue University
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
(765) 496-6998 (office)
(765) 494-0805 (fax)
Joined Purdue in 2009
B. S. in Chemical Engineering, National University in Mexico, 1968
M. S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1969
Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1972

Research Interests

Biodiesel Production from Nonconventional sources, such as Jatropha Curcas, Higuerilla and Spent Coffee Grounds.

Jetfuel Production from Nonedible Vegetable Oils

Lignin Depolymerization and Conversion to Fuels and Chemicals

Purdue Mexico Center for Sustainability

Professor Martinez serves as the Associate Director of the Purdue Mexico Center for Sustainability (PMCS). Building upon existing collaborations between Purdue University and Mexican institutions, PMCS aims to develop deeper relationships that will include education and research activities in bioenergy; nanotechnology for energy, environment and agriculture applications; engineering to mitigate natural disasters; and water management.

Research Group

Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Associates

  • Dr. Yang Xiao

Graduate Students

  • Aakash Kulshreshtha
  • Palak Jain

Undergraduate Researchers

  • Deepthi Sendilkumar
  • Jin Hong Joo
  • Yufei Sun

Awards and Honors

Purdue University, 2014 College of Engineering Staff Team Award of Excellence, in recognition of the work performed by the Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Team.
President of the Chemical Engineering Commission, Academia de Ingenieria-Mexico (Engineering Academy-Mexico), August 2008-August 2010.
May 2008 he received the IISRP's Technical Award for his contributions to the development of rubber technology throughout his career. This award was received in Moscow, Russia during the IISRP 49TH Annual General Meeting.
The National Technology Award (2001), given by the President of Mexico.
National Researcher-Technologist, Level III, National Researchers System, National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT-Mexico), Engineering and Technology Area, 2003
The National Quality Award (1996), given by the President of Mexico.
President of the National Association of Engineering Colleges, Mexico, from 1986 to 1988.
President of the National Academy of Teaching and Research in Chemical Engineering, Mexico, from 1983 to 1985.
Full Member of the Academy of Engineering, Mexico, since 1982.

Selected Publications

"Refinement of the Kinetic Model for Guaiacol Hydrodeoxygenation over Platinum Catalysts," Yang Xiao*, Rexonni Lagare, Lindsey Blanshan, Enrico N. Martinez and Arvind Varma, Accepted for publication in AIChE Journal, January 9, 2020.

"The Drying of Spent Coffee Grounds in a Tray Drier," Emily Haluschak, Hafizul Hazamuddin, John P McGee, Zeyuan Sun and Enrico N Martinez, American Journal of Biomedical Science and Research, 6(5), (2019)

"The Drying of Apples in a Laboratory Tray Drier", Shelby Mullen, Brent Rogers, Haley Worman and Enrico N. Martinez, ChE Education, 52, 9-20 (2018).

"Li-ion Storage in an Amorphous, Solid, Spheroidal Carbon Anode Produced by Dry-Autoclaving of Coffee Oil", Kyungho Kim, Ryan A. Adams, Patrick j. Kim, Anjela Arora, Enrico Martinez, Jeffrey P. Youngblood, and Vilas G. Pol, Carbon, 133, 62-68 (2018).

"The Chemical Industry in México: Evolution, Challenges and Perspectives", E. N. Martinez, Chemical Engineering Progress, 108, 45-51 (2012).

E. Martínez Sáenz y J. U. Aréchiga Viramontes, (2008), "Estudio comparativo de los Sistemas Nacionales de Innovación de México y España", en Estudio comparativo de los Sistemas Nacionales de Innovación de México y España, ADIAT, Ed., pp. 71-174.

S. R. Vásquez-García a, R. Salgado-Delgado b , J. A. Trejo-O'Reilly d , E. Martínez and V. M. Castaño, (2004), "Synthesis and Characterization of Ethyl Acrylate-Methyl Acrylate Oligomers with a Hydroxyl End Group", International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, 53:9, 735-748.