Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University (USA) and the current President of the AES Electrophoresis Society (2018-2020). His group’s expertise lies at the interface between micro/nanofabrication, carbonaceous materials, electrokinetics and microfluidics. Rodrigo is known as the pioneer of carbon-electrode Dielectrophoresis, a technique for bioparticle manipulation using carbon electrodes and microfluidics devices. He is also internationally known for pushing the envelope on the use of renewable materials and non-traditional techniques such as origami and robocasting to manufacture shaped geometries that serve as precursors to architected carbon and carbide structures. At the nanoscale, his group is innovating ways to use microbial factories as nanoweavers of biofibers. A recurrent theme in his Multiscale Manufacturing Laboratory is assessing the effect of processing on the properties of carbonaceous materials and structures at multiple length scales, towards tailoring their performance.
Rodrigo has coordinated or participated in different interdisciplinary projects conducting research in Spain, India, Mexico and South Korea and has a track record of service and leadership. He is the President of the AES Electrophoresis Society, an elected founding member of Clemson University’s Commission on Latino Affairs, Chair of the Mechanical Engineering International Committee, Chair of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS) Committee on Global Engagement, Guest Editor and an active Reviewer for leading journals in his field. He is or has chaired several sessions and international meetings on Carbon and/or Electrokinetics within the Electrochemical Society, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers and AES. He was the recipient of the Public Impact fellowship at UC Irvine in 2010, and in 2019 both Junior Faculty Eastman Award for Excellence in Mechanical Engineering, and the Esin Gulari Leadership and Service Award in CECAS at Clemson University.