Faculty Scholars

Faculty Scholar Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte, Ph.D. at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Contact: 864-656-5634 or rodrigm@clemson.edu

Who is Dr. Martinez-Duarte?

Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Multiscale Manufacturing Laboratory. His group’s expertise lies at the interface between micro/nanofabrication, carbonaceous materials, electrokinetics and microfluidics. Although Rodrigo is known as the pioneer of carbon-electrode Dielectrophoresis (carbonDEP), a technique for bioparticle manipulation using carbon electrodes and microfluidics devices, his group has been developing different technologies with application to diagnostics and therapeutics. Besides the US, Rodrigo has lived and worked in Switzerland, Spain, India, Mexico, and South Korea and has a track record of service and leadership.

For more information, see his College Profile or Lab Website.

How Dr. Martinez-Duarte’s research is transforming health care

Rodrigo’s lab, the Multiscale Manufacturing Laboratory, is currently conducting research involving detection of the cause of infection, bio-enabled nanomanufacturing, and advanced manufacturing of carbonaceous materials. In the context of healthcare diagnostics, the main goal of his research program is to provide innovative solutions to the grand challenge of integrating sample pre-treatment and sample preparation with analysis in diagnostic assays. Regarding therapeutics, his main goal is innovating label-free methods to enable the rapid and efficient enrichment of cells of targeted therapeutic potential.

Health Research Expertise Keywords

Sample preparation, electric fields, microfluidics, micro/nanofabrication, lab-on-a-chip, pathogens, infectious disease, biomedical systems