Ernesto Marinero

Ernesto E. Marinero

Professor of Materials Engineering/Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

Office: ARMS 2211
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045


  • PhD., Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh,
  • B.Sc., Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Employment History

  • Professor (2013 – present), Engineering Practice, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University
  • Director, Deliberate Innovation for Faculty (2013 – present), Nanotechnology, Materials Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Research Staff Member (2003 – 2012), Hitachi San Jose Research Laboratory
  • Research Staff Member/Manager (1984 – 2002), IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA
  • Senior Research Associate (1981 – 1983), Stanford University
  • Research Scientist (1978 – 1980), Max-Planck Institute, Gottingen, Germany

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 as 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