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Dr. Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 204 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-5634
Fax: (864) 656-4435

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Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte joined the department in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. He was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. His expertise lies at the interface between micro/nanofabrication, carbonaceous materials, electrokinetics and microfluidics. He is considered a pioneer of carbon-electrode Dielectrophoresis, a technology for bioparticle manipulation. He has also participated in different interdisciplinary projects conducting research in Spain, India, Mexico and South Korea. He is a Reviewer for leading journals in his field, including Lab on a Chip and Electrophoresis; a Councilor for the AES Electrophoresis Society; and also Co-chair of the society’s annual meeting in 2014. He is a member of ASME and IEEE and was the recipient of the Public Impact fellowship at UC Irvine in 2010.


PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2010
MS, University of California, Irvine, 2009
BS, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey (Mexico), 2004

Research Interests

Advanced Manufacturing, Microfluidics, Carbon, Electrokinetics, Dielectrophoresis, Bioparticle Sorting, Pathogens and Infectious Diseases, Biomedical Systems, Technology Development, Entrepreneurship

Selected Publications 

R. Martinez-Duarte and M. Madou, “3D Carbon-electrode Dielectrophoresis”, Application focus of the AES Electrophoresis Society, October, 2011.

M.C. Jaramillo, R. Martinez-Duarte, M. Hüttener, P. Renaud, E. Torrents and A. Juarez, “Increasing PCR sensitivity by removal of Polymerase inhibitors in natural samples using Dielectrophoresis”. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 43, 297-303 (2013).

R. Martinez-Duarte, F. Camacho-Alanis, P. Renaud and A. Ros, “Dielectrophoresis of lambda-DNA using 3D carbon electrodes” Electrophoresis, 34, 1113-1122 (2013).

R. Martinez-Duarte, “Microfabrication Technologies in Dielectrophoresis Applications – a review”, Electrophoresis, 33, 3110-3132 (2012).

G. Mernier, R. Martinez-Duarte, R. Lehal, F. Radtke and P. Renaud, “Very High throughput electrical cell lysis and extraction of intracellular compounds using 3D carbon electrodes in lab-on-a-chip devices” Micromachines, 3, 574-581 (2012).

R. Martinez-Duarte, P. Renaud and M. J. Madou, “A novel approach to dielectrophoresis using carbon electrodes” Electrophoresis, 32, 2385-2392 (2011).

Rammohan, P. K. Dwivedi, R. Martinez-Duarte, H. Katepalli, M. J. Madou and A. Sharma, “One-step Grayscale technique for the fabrication of 3-dimensional structures” Sensors and Actuators B, 153, 1, 125-134 (2011).

R. Martinez-Duarte, R. Gorkin, K. Abi-Samra, M. Madou, “The integration of 3D Carbon-electrode Dielectrophoresis on a CD-like Centrifugal Microfluidic Platform” Lab-on-a-chip, 10, 8, 1030-1043 (2010).

M. C. Jaramillo, E. Torrents, R. Martinez-Duarte, M. Madou and A. Juarez, “On-line separation of bacterial cells by carbon-electrode dielectrophoresis” Electrophoresis, 31, 2921-2928 (2010).

R. Martinez-Duarte and M. Madou. "SU-8 Photolithography and its impact on Microfluidics" in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Handbook – Fabrication, Implementation and Applications edited by S. Mitra and S. Chakraborty. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, 231-268 (2011).

R. Martinez-Duarte, G. Turon Teixidor, P. Mukherjee, Q. Kang and M. J. Madou, “Perspectives of Micro and Nanofabrication of Carbon for Electrochemical and Microfluidic Applications" in Microfluidics and Microfabrication edited by S. Chakraborty, Springer, 181-263 (2009).

J. Schroers, G. Kumar, M. Madou and R. Martinez-Duarte, “Carbon molds for use in the Fabrication of Bulk Metallic Glasses Parts and Molds” WO/2010/111701, US 2012/0125071 A1.

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