Academic Profile
Asst Prof Martin Pumera
Nanyang Assistant Professor (NTU)
Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry 
School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences 
College of Science 

Phone: (+65)63168796 
Office: SPMS-CBC-04-07 
  • PhD Charles University 2001
  • RNDr Charles University 2001
  • MSc Charles University 1997
  • BSc Charles University 1995
Martin Pumera received his PhD at Charles University, Czech Republic, in 2001. Shortly thereafter, he joined Joseph Wang’s SensoChip Laboratory in the USA as a post-doctoral researcher, where he worked on the development of electrochemical lab-on-chip devices for space and security applications in cooperation with the Jet Propulsion Lab/Caltech. After receiving the Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union, he joined the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2004, where he developed nanomaterial-based electrochemical biosensors. In the summer of 2006, he joined the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, for a tenure-track arrangement and stayed there until Spring 2008 when he accepted a tenured position at NIMS. From 2010, he is Nanyang Assistant Professor at School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, CBC, NTU.

He has broad interests in electrochemistry and electrophoresis, in the areas of microsystems and nanotechnology.

Summary of publication activity:
267 articles in ISI peer-reviewed journals
6800 citations
44 h-index
95 # of articles with IF > 5
10 Chapters of books
4 patents

Scientist Ranking (Essential Science Indicators, ISI):
# 2517 of 7988 top 1% Scientists in Chemistry (making it to the top 0.31%)
# 4683 of 7299 top 1% Scientists in Engineering
# 26721 of 71462 top 1% Scientists

Appointments and Memberships
Associate Editor: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM, IF 3.3).

Editorial Board: Chem. Rec. (IF 4.6), Electrophoresis (IF 3.6), Elecroanalysis (IF 2.8) (+8 other journals).
Special Issues (Guest Editor of 8 issues):
• 2013 Nanoscale (IF 5.7): "Micro and Nanomotors" (Pumera&Ordonez)
• 2013 Electrophoresis (IF 3.3): "Electrochemistry in CE and Lab on Chip" (Pumera&Escarpa)
• 2012 Int. J. Nanotech: "Nanotechnology in the Czech Republic" (Pumera)
• 2012 Chem Rec. (IF 4.6): "90 years of poloarography" (Pumera)
• 2011 Curr. Phys. Chem.: "Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in DNA Detection" (Pumera)
• 2011 Electrophoresis (IF 3.3): "Electrochemistry in Microfluidics and Capillary Electrophoresis" (Pumera&Escarpa)
• 2009 Electrophoresis (IF 3.3): "Electrochemistry in Microfluidics and Capillary Electrophoresis" (Pumera&Escarpa)
• 2007 Talanta (IF 3.8): “Micro- and Nanotechnology in Electrochemical Detection Science” (Pumera&Escarpa)

1997-2001 Ph.D. (date of PhD award: 29.1.2001)
Doctor of philosophy degree at the Department of Analytical Chemistry at Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Title of PhD thesis: "The use of cyclodextrins and their newly synthesized derivatives in capillary electrophoresis"
PhD thesis resulted to 11 publications
1997-2001 RNDr.
Doctor of natural sciences degree at the Department of Analytical Chemistry at Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
1995-1997 M. Sc.
Master degree at the UNESCO Laboratory of Environmental Electrochemistry at the Department of Analytical Chemistry at Faculty of Science, Charles University.
Master thesis resulted to 1 publication
1992-1995 B. Sc.
Bachelor degree at Faculty of Science, Charles University.
1988-1992 Specialized Chemistry College, Prague (main focus on analytical chemistry), Czech Republic
Research Interests
* Graphene
* Microrobots, nanomotors
* Analytical Chemistry
* Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials, Materials Chemistry
* Electrochemical NanoBiosensors
* Lab on a chip; Microfluidics, Electrophoresis

Creation of nano and micro scale materials based electrochemical biosensors, bioelectronics and biochips for ultrasensitive biosensing.

We perform both fundamental and applied research to gain deep understanding to the phenomena on nanoscale.
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2014-)
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2013-)
  • MINDEF-NTU Joint Applied R&D Co-operation Programme (JPP) (2010-)
  • MINDEF-NTU Joint Applied R&D Co-operation Programme (JPP) (2012-)
  • NRF CREATE (2014-)
  • NTU-JSPS Joint Research Project (2012-)
  • SMA Graduate Fellowship Research Supplement (2013-)
  • Start Up Grant (2010-)
Current Projects
  • Graphene Nanosensor for Ultrasensitive Pesticide Detection on Lab-on-Chip
  • Graphene-based Sensor for Highly Sensitive Detection of Explosives in the Sea Water for Detection of Underwater Mines
  • IRP 2.3 Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T)
  • Long-Range Communication and Interaction of Artificial Self-Propelled Nanomotors: Towards Artificial Intelligence of Selfpropulsed Nanomachines
  • NAP Grant (Seed Funding)
  • Nanoarchitected Surfaces for Multiplex Detection of Biomolecules
  • Simultaneous Detection of Multiple DNA Targets on Paramagnetic Beads Packed in Microfluidic Channels using Quantum Dots as Tracers
  • Ultra Trace Detection of High Explosives by Micro-Total Analytical System with Dual Electrochemical Amperometric/Contactless Conductivity Detector
Selected Publications
  • Chun Kiang Chua, Martin Pumera*. (2014). Chemical reduction of graphene oxide: a synthetic chemistry viewpoint. Chemical Society Reviews, (43), 291.
  • Hong Wang, Guanjia Zhao, Martin Pumera*. (2014). Beyond Platinum: Bubble-Propelled Micromotors Based on Ag and MnO2 Catalysts. Journal of the American Chemical Society, (136), 2719.
  • Hwee Ling Poh, Zdenek Sofer, Jan Luxa, Martin Pumera*. (2014). Transition Metal-Depleted Graphenes for Electrochemical Applications via Reduction of CO2 by Lithium. Small, (10), 1529.
  • Adriano Ambrosi, Hwee Ling Poh, Lu Wang, Zdenek Sofer, Martin Pumera*. (2014). Capacitance of p- and n- doped graphenes is dominated by structural defects regardless the dopant type. ChemSusChem, 7, 1102-1106.
  • Shu Min Tan, Adriano Ambrosi, Bahareh Khezri, Richard D. Webster, Martin Pumera. (2014). Towards electrochemical purification of chemically reduced graphene oxide from redox accessible impurities. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16, 7058-7065.
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