Laboratory for Bioinspired Biobased Nanomaterials

Dr Francisco Martin-Martinez

Lecturer in Chemistry, Chemistry
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a Lecturer at the Chemistry Department of Swansea University, and Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I am passionate about sustainablity, people, data, and education. I lead a research group focused on computational chemistry and artificial inteligence for the development of bioinspired biobased nanomaterials that tackle challenges to sustainable development goals, e.g., climate action, resilient infrastructure, precision agriculture, and energy storage. Social inquiry, inclusion, and equity are essential to sustainable development, and therefore I advocate for social justice and socially-directed science and technology, collaborating with Station1, an educational non-profit that fosters social-driven innovation. I am also the Athena SWAN officer for the Chemistry Department. Outside academia, I am member of the advisory board of Sweetwater Energy, and integrated biorefinery, Science Policity collaborator for the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK), and I have served as President of the Association of Spanish Scientist in the USA (ECUSA).

More information: link to research group

Areas Of Expertise

  • Quantum chemistry
  • Density functional theory
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Theoretical and computational chemistry
  • Hydrothermal liquefaction
  • Bioinspired materials
  • Biobased materials
  • Bioasphalt design
  • Lignin
  • Nanocellulose

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Teaching is one of the most inspiring experiences of my career. I work closely with students as both teacher and mentor, and I am very involved in educational activities. Deeply rooted in my personal and professional experience, my teaching philosophy adhere to the following guiding principles:

  • An active-learning methodology and flipped classroom that enhances in-class collaboration. 
  • A teaching strategy that connects fundamental concepts to real-world applications. 
  • A strong emphasis in fostering transferrable skills. 
  • A thorough implementation of tools to promote continuous improvement.

At Swansea I teach modules related to: Quantum Chemistry, Computational and theoretical chemistry, Innovation and entrepreneurship, Multiscale modeling of bioinspired materials


Challenges to sustainable development: 

We tackle challenges to sustainable development goals, related to climate action, energy harvesting and storage, resilient infrastructure, and precision agriculture.

Collaborative research:

We work with top research groups and industry partners across Swansea, UK, and worldwide, e.g., USA, Chile, Nigeria, Belgium, Italy, and Spain.

Societal considerations:

Social inquiry, inclusion, and equity is essential to progress, and therefore to the sustainable development goals. We work for a social-driven innovation and socially-directed science and technology .​

Design for reuse as well as performance:

We bridge quantum chemistry and chemical engineering to develop nature-inspired biobased materials for a circular economy. We apply density functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, coarse grain (CG) modeling and machine learning (ML) algorithms, to design for reuse as well as performance, integrating biomass waste, biomaterials and nanomaterials. Some examples of materials considered include lignin, nanocellulose, chitin, silk, biocrude oils, carbon quantum dots, and graphene.

More information: link to research group


International collaborations:

  • Antoni Forner-Cuenca (TU Eindhoven, Netherlands)
  • Jingjie Yeo (Cornell University, USA)
  • Jose Norambuena (Universidad del Bio-Bio, Chile)
  • Christine Ortiz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Station1, USA)
  • Ellan Spero (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Station1, USA)
  • Adebayo Gboyega (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
  • Chi-Hua Yu (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  • James Ryan (Swansea University, UK)
  • Ian Mabbett (Swansea University, UK)
  • Chedly Tizaoui (Swansea University, UK)
  • Rafael Gomez-Bombarelli (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Carole Perry (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
  • Christian Klinke (Swansea University, UK)
  • Serena Danti (University of Pisa, Italy)
  • Leila Deravi (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Shengjie Ling (ShanghaiTech University, China)
  • Stephan Irle (Oak Ridge National lab, USA)
  • Frank De Proft (Free University of Brussels - VUB, Belgium)
  • Mercedes Alonso (Free University of Brussels - VUB, Belgium)
  • Jose A. Dobado (University of Granada, Spain)