John Mark Martirez

John Mark Martirez
PhD Candidate

Room 141G
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
231 South 34th street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323, USA
Phone: (215) 898-5010
E-mail: martjohn (at)


Education and Awards

2002-2006 University of the Philippines, Diliman (B.S. Chemistry)

2008-present University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. Chemistry)

Research Interests

I am interested in studying catalysis especially on the non-stoichiometric reconstructed surfaces of metal oxides. My current research includes DFT investigation of surface thermodynamics and kinetics as a function of polarization in perovskite-type ferroelectric oxides, and exploration of the mechanism of industrially important chemical reactions involving small molecules (e.g. epoxidation, water splitting, and CO2 reduction) on reconstructed surfaces of oxides.

Nerdy Moments

Favorite show:Bob's Burger, Gene is hilarious!