Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez

Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

Office: ARMS 2327
Phone: +1 765 49-43271
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045


  • B.S. 1994, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
  • Ph.D. 2002, Materials Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • NRC Postdoctoral Fellow 2003-2005, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Visiting Scientist 2005-2007, Harvard University

Research Interests

Our research 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 condensed matter 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. Current projects in our group include porous nanoparticle microshells for chemical sensing, fabrication of core-shell structures from double emulsions, and cell encapsulation in hydrogels.


  • MSE 340 Transfer Phenomena
  • MSE 103 First-Year Engineering Seminar