Ernesto Marinero

Ernesto E. Marinero

Professor of Engineering Practice, Materials Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Courtesy)

Contact Information

School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Research Interests

Ernesto E. Marinero joined Purdue University on February 2013 after a successful industrial research career at both the IBM Almaden Research Center and at the Hitachi San Jose Research Center in California. He holds joint academic appointments in the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering. His recent research focused on the synthesis and fabrication of nano-scale magnetic materials and devices for future magnetic storage technology. The physical understanding of the correlation of structure-property relationships to engineer materials properties and device functionality has been the underpinning of his research career in industry. At Purdue University, Professor Marinero’s research program will focus on nanomaterials and devices for applications in bio-sensing, energy generation and storage and for environmental needs. In addition, Professor Marinero is the Inaugural Purdue Research Foundation Deliberate Innovation Faculty Fellow. This appointment aims to catalyze transformational changes in the entrepreneurship system and includes the development of projects that can be Transformational Technology Generators and can rapidly lead to company startups, industrial impact and economic development.

His research experience in both fundamental and applied science has been gained through appointments in Europe and the USA. This includes the Max Planck Institute in Gottingen, Germany; Stanford University, California; the IBM Almaden Research Center and the Hitachi San Jose Research Center both in San Jose, California.

He is an experimentalist whose multi-disciplinary research projects have spanned diverse fields such as Chemical Physics, Materials Science, Semiconductor Physics, Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials and Thin Films, Laser Physics and Picosecond Phenomena, Laser-Materials Processing, Magnetism, Surface Science and Nanoscale Sensor Device Physics and Fabrication.  His scientific work has resulted in 126 refereed journal publications as well a numerous patents in the USA (50 granted and 15 pending), Asia (32) and Europe (15) patents.  His inventions have been utilized in IBM’s and Hitachi’s products.

Professor Marinero has effectively leveraged his research in industry through Joint Study Agreements between his laboratory and Universities as well as the National Laboratories. He has been the Principal Investigator of 26 research projects with academic and research institutions in the USA, Europe and Latin America.

Professor Marinero has participated in NSF, DARPA and DOE committees and managed a DARPA sponsored Academia-Industry Consortium. He has served as Meeting Chair, Organizer and member of several committees of the Materials Research Society. He is a proposal evaluator and member of the Users Executive Committee of the DOE Molecular Foundry (MoF) Nanotechnology Center. He has been a member of the American Physical Society since 1982 has served in several committees and is currently the Past-Chair of the Forum for Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP), the largest unit of the APS.  He is also the representative for the APS to the AAAS Section on Industrial Science and Technology.

Li-Air Thin Film Energy Storage Devices: Materials Development and Integration


Selected Publications

  1. Fabrication of CoCrPt Alloy Bit Patterned Media at 1 Td/in2 and Recording Performance Measurement with a Conventional Read/Write Head, E.A. Dobisz, D. Kercher, M. Grobis, E.E. Marinero, D. Weller and T.R. Albrecht, J. Vac. Sc. Tech. B30 06FH01, (2012).
  2. Carbon Nanotube Thermal Interfaces on Gd Foil, P.T. McCarthy,  E.E. Marinero, and T. Fisher, Int. Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 55 issue 23-24, p. 6716 (2012)
  3. Bit Patterned Media at 1Tb/in2 and Beyond, Thomas R. Albrecht, Elizabeth Dobisz, He Gao, Michael Grobis, Olav Hellwig, Dan Kercher, Jeffrey Lille, Ernesto Marinero, Kanaiyalal Patel, Ricardo Ruiz, Manfred E. Schabes, Lei Wan, Dieter Weller, and Tsai-Wei Wu, IEEE Trans. Magnetics, in press
  4. Microwave Assisted Magnetic Reversal in Perpendicular Media, C.T. Boone, J.A. Katine, E.E. Marinero, S. Pisana and B.D. Terris, IEEE Magnetics Letters, 3, 3500104, (2012).
  5. Demonstration of Microwave Assisted Magnetic Reversal in Perpendicular Media, C.T. Boone, J.A. Katine, E.E. Marinero, S. Pisana and B.D. Terris, J. Appl. Phys., 111, 07B907, (2012).
  6. Tuning Fano-type Resonances in Coupled Quantum Point Contacts by Applying Asymmetric Voltages, R.C. Villareal, F. Mireles, E.E. Marinero and B.A. Gurney, Applied Physics Letters, 98, 172102, (2011).
  7. Structural and Electronic Properties of Cubic Ceria: Unpaired electrons in Ceria, C. Quintanar, R. Caballero, J. Barreto, E. Chavira and E.E. Marinero, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, Vol 110, issue 15, pp 2949 (2010).
  8. Graphene Magnetic Field Sensors, S. Pisana, P.M. Braganca, E.E. Marinero and B.A. Gurney, IEEE Trans. Mag. 46, 1910, (2010).
  9. Tunable Nanoscale Graphene Magnetometers, S. Pisana, P.M. Braganca, E.E. Marinero and B.A. Gurney, Nano Letters, 10, 341, (2010).
  10. Zero Field Spin Splitting in AlSb/InAs/AlSb Quantum Wells induced by Surface Proximity Effects, M. Nishioka, B.A. Gurney, E.E. Marinero and F. Mireless, Applied Physics Letters, 95, 242108, (2009).


  1. Magnetoresistive sensor having a quantum well structure and a P-doped trapping layer to prevent surface charge carriers from migrating to the quantum well structure, B.A. Gurney and E.E. Marinero, 8,274,763, September 25th, 2012.
  2. Patterned Perpendicular Recording Medium with Ultrathin Oxide Film and Reduced Switching Field Distribution, O. Hellwig, E.E. Marinero and D. K. Weller  8,268,461, September 18th, 2012.
  3. Quantum Well Graphene Structure, E.E. Marinero and Simone Pisana,  8,227,842, July 24th, 2012.
  4. Graphene Electronics Fabrication, E.E. Marinero,  8,193,455, June 5th, 2012.
  5. Magnetic Field Sensor with Graphene Sense Layer and Ferromagnetic Biasing Layer below the Sense Layer, B.A. Gurney, E.E. Marinero and S. Pisana,  8,189,302, May 29th, 2012.
  6. Method for Manufacturing an Extraordinary Magnetoresistive (EMR) Device with Novel Lead Structure, T.D.  Boone, L. Folks, B.A. Gurney, J.A. Katine, E.E. Marinero and N. Smith  8,166,633, May 1st, 2012.
  7. Magnetoresistive Sensor having Quantum Well Structure and a Trapping Layer for Preventing Charge Carrier Migration, B.A. Gurney and E.E. Marinero,  8,159,791, April 17th, 2012.
  8. Fabrication of Mesoscopic Lorentz Magnetoresistive Structures, B.A. Gurney, E.E. Marinero, A.S. Troup, D.A. Williams and J. Wunderlich, 8,125,742, February 28th, 2012.
  9. Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Disk with Ultrathin Nucleation Film for Improved Corrosion Resistance and Method for Making the Disk, E.E. Marinero, 8,119,264, February 21st, 2012.
  10. Slider with Integrated Writer and Semiconductor Heterostructure Read Sensor, R.E. Fontana, B.A. Gurney and E.E. Marinero, 8,107,197, January 31st, 2012.