Dr Luis Yerman Martinez

Research Fellow

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 53520


Luis is a Research Fellow at the School of Civil Engineering. He joined the University of Queensland in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Researcher. He received a BSc in Chemistry (2003) and a BSc in Chemical Engineering (2005) from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay. He later conducted MSc (2009) and PhD (2012) studies at the University of Barcelona, Spain (grant from the Spanish Government MAEC-AECID).

His current research interests include nanoparticles, materials characterization, heterogeneous catalysis, biofuel production and upgrade, waste management, torrefaction, pyrolysis, gasification and smouldering combustion in porous media. He is author of 15 journal publications, 2 book chapters and more than 25 conference papers.

Teaching and Learning:

Luis worked as a lecturer and course coordinator at Department of Physical Chemistry, University of the Republic, Uruguay (2001-2007). Since 2015 he acts as a guest lecturer in the course Industrial Wastewater & Solid Waste (CHEE4012) at UQ.


  • Waste to Value: Energy positive targeted resource recovery from sludge, ARC Linkage.
  • Assessment of Smouldering as an Efficient and Low-Cost Alternative for Management of Agricultural Solid Wastes.
  • Specialised odour component analysis to support development and optimisation of odour treatment technologies, UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure
  • Reinventing the Toilet Challenge, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Research Interests

  • Smouldering combustion in porous media
  • Waste management and resources recovery
  • Torrefaction and catalytic gasification


  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), UdelaR
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering), UdelaR
  • Master in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Honours), UB(Spain)
  • PhD (cum laude) - Inorganic Chemistry, UB(Spain)


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