Professor Darren Martin

Senior Group Leader

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
darren.martin@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 63870

Overview

Professor Darren Martin is the Chief Scientific Officer for start-up company TenasiTech Pty Ltd, which is commercialising a polymer nanocomposites platform as applied to large polyurethane and acrylic polymer markets and applications. TenasiTech is the first Queensland start-up to receive Commercialisation Australia funding; has won the prestigious iLab Prize in the national Enterprize Competition; and received the 2010 UQ EAIT Commercialisation award. Professor Martin’s research operates at the nexus of three key themes; (1) Strong fundamental materials science with global benchmarking; (2) Safe biomaterials and nanomaterials; (3) Scalable advanced manufacturing. His efforts in these areas during the past two decades have contributed to two successful start-ups, numerous products and a strong platform for globally competitive nanocomposites innovation.

International links

Professor Martin’s international collaborators include Pennsylvania State University; Purdue University, US; Queen’s University Belfast, UK; Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon, France; and the University of Padova, Italy. He also has several materials co-development projects and collaborations with companies such as Cochlear Ltd, Aortech Biomaterials, and several others in North America, Europe and Asia.

Memberships, patents and funding

Professor Martin has been the recipient of three Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants and has secured more than $9 million in research and commercialisation funding since 1999. He has two granted patents and two provisional patents in these areas. He is working with Australian regulators such as NICNAS and WorkSafe Australia on policy for nanomaterials/nanocomposites safety and occupational hygiene. Professor Martin is a member of the Engineers Australia Nanoengineering panel and has presented more than 10 keynotes or invited lectures. During the past five years a large proportion of his research funding has been derived from the private sector.

Research Interests

  • Polymer nanocomposites
    Layered silicate, carbon nanomaterial or nanocellulose reinforced nanocomposites Enhancement of renewable materials using the nanocomposite approach
  • Biological interactions with nanomaterials
    Nanofiller toxicity, safety and occupational hygiene Biomedical nanocomposites biocompatibility and durability

Research Impacts

Research

Polymer nanocomposites and nanotoxicology. Polymer nanocomposites fundamentals and discovery, scale-up, product co-development, specification and commercialisation. Renewable-based polymer nanocomposites and advanced materials.

Professor Darren Martin is the Chief Scientific Officer for start-up company TenasiTech Pty Ltd, which is commercialising a polymer nanocomposites platform as applied to large polyurethane, acrylic and other polymer markets.

Co-development partnerships with several companies are rapidly approaching the product specification stage. Applications include elite sporting goods, durable rubber engineering components and building products. Longer-term horizon work also continues on more reliable medical device components.

More recently Professor Martin's team have developed a novel nanocomposite platform totally based on renewable materials.

Professor Martin is working with Australian regulators such as NICNAS and WorkSafe Australia on policy for nanomaterials/nanocomposites safety and occupational hygiene. This activity is critical for the responsible development and translation of new nanomaterials.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Bachelor of App Sc (Hons), University of Technology, Sydney

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Memmott, Paul, Martin, Darren and Amiralian, Nasim (2017). Nanotechnology and the Dreamtime knowledge of spinifex grass. In Caroline Baillie and Randika Jayasinghe (Ed.), Green composites 2nd ed. (pp. 181-198) Duxford, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-100783-9.00008-3

  • Belcher, Craig, Marshall, Richard, Edwards, Grant and Martin, Darren (2013). The commercialization of nanotechnology: the five critical success factors to a nanotech-enabled whole product. In Takuya Tsuzuki (Ed.), Nanotechnology commercialization (pp. 171-204) Australia: Pan Stanford Publishing.

  • Martin, D. J., Osman, A. F., Andriani, Y. and Edwards, G. A. (2012). Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)-based polymer nanocomposites. In Fengge Gao (Ed.), Advances in polymer nanocomposites : types and applications (pp. 321-350) Sawston, Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing.

  • McCrossan, K., McClory, C., Mayoral, B., Thompson, D., McNally, T., Murphy, M., Nicholson, T., Martin, D. and Halley, P. (2011). Composites of poly(ethylene terephthlate) and carbon nanotubes. In Tony McNally and Petra Pötschke (Ed.), Polymer-carbon nanotube composites : Preparation, properties and applications (pp. 545-585) Cambridge United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing.

  • Ladewig, Bradley, Martin, Darren, Diniz da Costa, Joao C. and Lu, Gao Qing (2011). Nafion® nanocomposite membranes for direct methanol fuel cell. In Hari Singh Nalwa (Ed.), Encyclopedia of nanoscience and nanotechnology (pp. 503-515) Valencia, CA, U.S.A.: American Scientific Publishers.

  • Martin, D., Minchin, R. F., Belkina, M., Milev, A. and Kannangara, G. S. Kamali (2011). Toxicity and regulatory perspectives of carbon nanotubes. In Tony McNally and Petra Pötschke (Ed.), Polymer-carbon nanotube composites : Preparation, properties and applications (pp. 621-653) Cambridge, U.K.: Woodhead Publishing.

  • Smart, S. K., Edwards, G. A. and Martin, D. J. (2010). Thermoplastic polyurethane nanocomposites. In Sabu Thomas and Ranimol Stephen (Ed.), Rubber nanocomposites: Preparation, properties and applications (pp. 239-254) Singapore: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9780470823477.ch10

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Martin, Darren James, Annamalia, Pratheep Kumar and Amiralian, Nasim (2015). Nanocellulose. WO2015074120 A1.

  • Martin, D., Laycock, B., McFarland, E. and Annamalai, P. (2015). Carbon fibres from bio-polymer feedstocks. 2014901123.

  • Martin, Darren James and Amiralian, Nasim (2014). Nanocomposite Elastomers. 2014904956.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision