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):

  • Effects of decay on flexural behaviour of solid and composite wood products
  • Assessment of the co-combustion of oil shales 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
  • 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

Research Interests

  • Timber durability
    Timber treatments, timber connections, mechanical performance.
  • Biomass torrefaction, pyrolysis. Smouldeirng combustion
    Biochar, bio-oil and fuel gas production Catalytic processes


  • 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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  • 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. Underground coal gasification and combustion. (pp. 601-625) edited by Michael S. Blinderman and Alexander Y. Klimenko. 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. Developments in combustion technology. (pp. 1-26) edited by Konstantinos Kyprianidis. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Yerman Martinez, Luis, Vargas Garcia, Juan, Ottenhaus, Lisa and Qiao, Yankang (2022). 628 Luis Pull Screws - withdrawal capacity in timber. The University of Queensland. (Dataset) doi: 10.48610/dcc31d4

  • Yerman Martinez, Luis, Vargas Garcia, Juan, Ottenhaus, Lisa and Qiao, Yankang (2021). Fungal attack screw withdrawal capacity photos. The University of Queensland. (Dataset) doi: 10.48610/f97d0b7

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors: