Dr. Martinez joined the chemistry department at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in 1996 as an assistant professor and has been a full professor since 2004.
He was awarded the 2007 "California State University, Dominguez Hills Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award" and the 2008 "California State University Dominguez Hills Outstanding Professor Award" in recognition of his work.
Dr. Martinez's research interests are in the area of transport phenomena. In particular, he has devoted a considerable amount of work to the study of Diffusion Controlled processes in inhomogeneous media. His current interest still include this area but most recently, his work has also focused on the study and characterization of Carbon Nanotubes as well as transport phenomena of large proteins in the cell membrane.
He has authored and coauthored several peer-reviewed publications and continue to have active collaborations with other groups in other institutions including The Ohio State University and Universidad de Puerto Rico.
Dr. Martinez has received numerous awards and grants, including the first Department of Defense award ever granted to CSUDH and a W. M. Keck Foundation grant. He has also obtained funds from NIH through several initiatives as well as several internal grants. He has always involved undergraduate students in his funded projects and most of his research students have moved on to pursue Ph.D. degrees at top universities around the country. Dr. Martinez has been a advocate of research and its incorporation into the undergraduate curriculum since he joined CSUDH.