Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Martin Pumera

Associate Professor
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 (2013-)
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2014-)
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2013-)
  • NRF CREATE (2014-)
  • SMA Graduate Fellowship Research Supplement (2013-)
Current Projects
  • Electrochemical Multi-Scale Science, Engineering and Technology (EMSET)
  • 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
  • Multiple Mycotoxins Rapid Screening for Food Quality Control using Lab on Chip Devices
  • 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
  • Lim, C. S.; Chua, C. K.; Sofer, Z.; Klímová, K.; Boothroyd, C.; Pumera, M. (2015). Layered Transition Metal Oxyhydroxides as Tri-functional Electrocatalysts. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, .
  • Petr Lazar, Chun Kiang Chua, Kateřina Holá, Radek Zbořil, Michal Otyepka, Martin Pumera. (2015). Dichlorocarbene-functionalized fluorographene: Synthesis and reaction mechanism. Small, .
  • Chun Kiang Chua, Martin Pumera. (2015). Monothiolation and Reduction of Graphene Oxide via One-Pot Synthesis: Hybrid Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction. ACS Nano, 9, 4193.
  • Chun Kiang Chua, Zdeněk Sofer, Petr Šimek, Ondřej Jankovský, Kateřina Klímová, Snejana Bakardjieva, Štěpánka Hrdličková Kučková, Martin Pumera. (2015). Synthesis of Strongly Fluorescent Graphene Quantum Dots by Cage-Opening Buckminsterfullerene. ACS Nano, 9(3), 2548-2555.
  • Chee Shan Lim, Lu Wang, Chun Kiang Chua, Zdeněk Sofer, Ondřej Jankovský, Martin Pumera. (2015). High temperature superconducting materials as bi-functional catalysts for hydrogen evolution and oxygen reduction. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3, 8346.

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