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Madhavi Martin, Ph. D.Madhavi martin

Research Staff Scientist

Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Phone: (865) 574-7828
Fax:  (865) 576-8646


Dr. Madhavi Martin is pursuing R&D in the design, fabrication, and testing of environmental sensors specifically for chemical and biological applications.  Currently she is working on the development of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy system for forensic, biological, and environmental applications and specifically a high throughput technique to quantify natural elements for phenotyping wood species and soil carbon. Two patents were submitted last year in these areas of research. Dr. Martin has also been involved in the fabrication and testing of ion-mobility spectrometer on a chip, laser and remote Raman spectroscopy and time-of-flight mass spectrometry.  Her thesis work comprised of the fabrication photoconductive switches that are used in the picosecond optoelectronic characterization of three terminal devices (PHEMTs, HBTs, and MESFETs); cryogenic behavior of semiconductor devices; and photoluminescence of heterostructure layers.

Martin Lab

Dr. Martin’s  research focuses on three main areas:

  1. R&D in the scientific testing and design, of environmental and biological sensors for forensic and environmental applications.
  2. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for research in the design and evaluation of laser-based techniques capable of rapid and simultaneous elemental analysis in wood, and in the detection of total carbon and nitrogen in soils.  Heavy metal and radionuclide detection in soils.
  3. Raman spectroscopy of soil:  Characterization of soil organic matter for carbon sequestration.  R&D of portable toxic metal monitor for smoke stack emissions and optimized for Cr, Ni, V, Hg, and Pb aerosols.  Extension to solids, cellular, and soil sampling.


Wood Grain

Please contact me for more information.


Journal: Applied Optics
Feature Issue on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
Editors: Jagdish P. Singh, Madhavi Z. Martin, and Andrzej W. Miziolek (1 Nov 2008)

Awarded Sir Frederick McMaster Fellowship by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia in 2007-2008 to explore the development of rapid assessment tools for characterizing the chemical and mechanical properties of wood, wood products, and woody and herbaceous biomass for biofuels applications.
Appointed to the International Scientific Committee for the Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Society, 2004-present

SERDP Project of the Year Award, Co-PI of the project for continuous monitoring of smoke stack emissions by LIPS, 1997 – 2000

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989 – 1990

Rotary Fellowship, Rotary International Foundation, 1985 - 1986

University Grants Commission Fellowship, India, 1983 – 1985

Gold Medal in Physics, Shivaji University, India, 1982


Recent Publications (Total 36)

Madhavi Z. Martin, Nicole Labbé, Nicolas André, Stan D. Wullschleger, Ronny D. Harris, and Michael H. Ebinger, “Novel Multivariate Analysis for Soil Carbon Measurements Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy”, SSSAJ Soil Science Society of America Journal, vol 74 No. 1 (Jan-Feb 2010) 87-93.

A. Chatterjee, R. Lal, L. Wielopolski, M. Z. Martin, and M. H. Ebinger, “Evaluation of Different Soil Carbon Determination Methods”Online Publication Date: 01 May 2009, Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences.

Nicole Labbé, Isabel Maya Swamidoss, Nicolas André, Madhavi Z. Martin, Timothy M. Young, and Timothy G. Rials, “Extraction of information from laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy spectral data by multivariate analysis”, Appl. Opts. vol 47 No.31 (Nov 1 2008) G158-G165.

Madhavi Z. Martin, Nicole Labbé, Nicolas André, Ronny Harris, Michael Ebinger, Stan D. Wullschleger, and Arpad A. Vass, “High resolution applications of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for environmental and forensic applications”, Spectrochimica Acta Part B vol 62 No.12 (2007) 1426-32.

Nicole Labbe, Timothy G. Rials, Stephen S. Kelley, and Madhavi Martin, “Characterization of materials by high throughput technologies Near Infrared and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy”, ACS Symposium Series 945, Pg 495-512, (2007).

M. Z. Martin, S. D. Wullschleger, C. T. Garten Jr., Anthony V. Palumbo, “Measurement of carbon for carbon sequestration and site monitoring”, Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy Chapter 15, pp. 341-351, Ed., J.P. Singh and Surya Narayan Thakur, Elesvier Science B.V., 2007.

Madhavi Z. Martin, Stan D. Wullschleger, Arpad A. Vass, Rodger C. Martin, and Henri Grissino-Mayer, High-Resolution Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy used in Homeland Security and Forensic Applications, Bull. Las. Spectrosc. Soc. India., Special Issue No. 14. pp 23-35, 2006.

Steven D. Brown, Madhavi Martin, Sameer Deshpande, Sudipta Seal, Katherine Huang, Eric Alm, Yunfeng Yang, Liyou Wu, Tingfen Yan, Xueduan Liu, Adam Arkin, Karuna Chourey, Jizhong Zhou, and Dorothea K. Thompson, “Cellular Response of Shewanella oneidensis to Strontium-Stress”, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., Vol 72, No. 1, pp 890-900, 2006.

R. Singh, M. Martin, and N. B. Dahotre, “Influence of laser surface modification on corrosion behavior of stainless steel 316L and Ti-6Al-4V in simulated biofluid”, Surface Engineering, Vol. 21, No 4, pp. 297-306, 2005.

Madhavi Z. Martin, Nicole Labbe, Timothy G. Rials, and Stan D. Wullschleger, “Analysis of preservative-treated wood by multivariate analysis of LIBS spectra”, Spectra Chimica Acta B., Vol 60/7-8 pp 1179-1185, 2005.

Vass, A.A., Madhavi, M., Synstelien, J. and Collins, K. “Elemental Characterization of Skeletal Remains Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)”. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA February 21-26, 2005. p. 307-308.




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