Dr Luis Yerman Martinez

Research Fellow

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


With a diverse background across chemical and civil engineering, chemistry, materials science and waste management, I have strong fundamentals in research and project management. Since completing my PhD, I have been working under the auspices of the University of Queensland, heading up a number of high-profile, externally-funded projects.

Projects (last 4 years):

  • Assessment of the co-combustion of oil shlaes and biomass waste, ANII
  • Waste to Value: Energy positive targeted resource recovery from sludge, ARC Linkage
  • Biochar production from biomass waste
  • Assessment of Smouldering as an Efficient and Low-Cost Alternative for Management of Agricultural Solid Wastes, AMPC
  • Fuel gas production from wastewater sludge
  • Development of sensors and analysis concept based on electromagnetic methods for the state parameters of porous media
  • 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

  • Thermal Treatment
    Biomass valorisation, Resource recovery, Waste Management, Waste-to-energy
  • Smouldering combustion in porous media
  • Biomass torrefaction, pyrolysis and gasification
    Biochar, bio-oil and fuel gas production Catalytic processes
  • Timber and biomass


  • 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)


  • Torres, Martín, Castiglioni, Jorge, Yermán, Luis, Suescun, Leopoldo, Conti, Bruno, Demarco, Manuela Morales, Gristo, Pablo, Portugau, Patrice and Cuña, Andrés (2018) Assessment of Uruguayan oil shales: physicochemical, thermal and morphological characterization. Fuel, 234 347-357. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2018.07.031

  • Yermán, Luis, Bore, Thierry, Llano Serna, Marcelo, Zárate, Sergio, Bittner, Tilman, Bajodek, Mathieu and Scheuermann, Alexander (2018) Integration of Time Domain Reflectometry in a smouldering reactor. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 139 34-38. doi:10.1016/j.cherd.2018.09.018

  • Yermán, Luis, Wall, Harrison, Carrascal, Jerónimo, Browning, Aidon, Chandraratne, Devduni, Nguyen, Christina, Wong, Andy, Goode, Tristan, Kyriacou, Daniel, Campbell, Margaret, Cao, Julian, Do, Tam, Casimiro-Soriguer, Diana, Lucherini, Andrea, Zárate, Sergio, Wyn, Hons K., Bolanos, Aaron, Solarte, Angela, Górska, Carmen, Le, Ba-Dinh, Tran, Son, Le, Quang and Torero, José L. (2018) Experimental study on the fuel requirements for the thermal degradation of bodies by means of open pyre cremation. Fire Safety Journal, 98 63-73. doi:10.1016/j.firesaf.2018.04.007

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Torero, J. L., Gerhard, J. I., Kinsman, L. L. and Yermán, L. (2018). Using fire to remediate contaminated soils. In Michael S. Blinderman and Alexander Y. Klimenko (Ed.), Underground coal gasification and combustion (pp. 601-625) Duxford, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1016/b978-0-08-100313-8.00019-0

  • Yerman Martinez, Luis (2016). Self-sustaining smouldering combustion as a waste treatment process. In Konstantinos Kyprianidis (Ed.), Developments in combustion technology (pp. 1-26) Rijeka, Croatia: InTech.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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