The Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) have selected Alexander Martin, postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Design Institute at New York University’s Department of Chemistry, as the 2019-2020 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.
Martin earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from New York University (NYU) in 2018 and his B.S. in chemistry from Boston College in 2013. During his undergraduate career, he conducted atmospheric physical chemistry research related to oxidation pathways, visible light absorption, and the associated radiative forcing of organic aerosols. In his doctoral dissertation, Martin developed polarimetric and ellipsometric measurement techniques and optical modeling methods for material characterization of optically active crystals, thin films, metamaterials, and multilayer structures. These techniques have applications in quality control for optoelectronic devices (e.g., solar cells, LCDs, and nonlinear optics) and expand the range of materials that can be easily characterized using common polarized light instruments.
Outside of the lab, Martin has served as a U.S. delegate for the CliMates think tank, a student-run environmental policy group that analyzes national and global policy solutions to mitigate the risks of climate change. During graduate school, Martin served as co-president of the NYU Chemists' Club and organized the Bonding Conference (2017, 2018), an annual sustainability conference aimed at professionals in the chemical, energy, and technology sectors that addresses the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals from a private sector perspective. Additionally, Martin has experience in technology transfer through his work with the NYU Office of Industrial Liaison, where he helped academic researchers build funding and regulatory strategies for technologies developed at NYU.
After earning his doctorate, Martin joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a Mirzayan Fellow with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, where he currently works on projects for the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation. Through the MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship, Martin hopes to address legislative issues related to vehicle fuel economy standards, electric grid modernization, renewable energy, and industrial decarbonization.
“I am incredibly grateful to have received the 2019-2020 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship,” said Martin. “During my time on the Hill, I am excited to use my technical background in physical chemistry and materials science to advise policymakers on energy and climate policy topics. The Congressional fellowship provides a unique opportunity for scientists to develop an understanding of the political and procedural elements that accompany policy analysis throughout the legislative process. I am looking forward to learning how science and scientists can best help policymakers to enact evidence-based legislation that benefits society.”
Alex has accepted a fellowship placement with Senator Schatz's office (D-HI) working on climate policy and transportation.