Carlos A. MARTÍNEZ-HUITLE, PhD in Chemical Sciences (México)

Carlos Martinez Huitle

Carlos holds a PhD in Chemical Sciences in Italy. His scientific work focuses on electrochemical environmental processes, such as electrochemical water treatment and electrochemical soil remediation. In collaboration with the Brazilian Petroleum Industry, he developed electrochemical oxidation processes in which the oxidants are generated using a flow electrochemical reactor to remove organic pollutants.

Current position: Associate Professor at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Research focus: Application of electrochemical technologies for purification and decontamination of water, industrial effluents or drinking water

Carlos’ research is especially important to Brazilian society since the country´s access to clean drinking water and water resources is limited in some regions.

In 2009 Carlos received the Green Talents Award for his outstanding academic performance and his extensive international experience. He has studied and worked in Mexico and conducted research in Italy, Switzerland, Chile and Brazil. His impressive academic record encompasses 125 publications, including an author review in the Chemical Reviews Journal.

2016 Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group
2015 Editorial Board Member for Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Elsevier
2009 ISE Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora Foundation Prize on Environmental Electrochemistry


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2009):

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Research focus: Wastewater treatment and electrochemistry

Carlos Alberto Martínez-Huitle is currently an associate professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in the northeast of Brazil. The focus of his scientific work is electrochemical environmental processes, such as electrochemical water treatment and electrochemical soil remediation. His collaboration with the Brazilian Petroleum Industry has led to the development of electrochemical oxidation processes in which the oxidants are generated using a flow electrochemical reactor to remove organic pollutants. Such research is relevant to Brazil because some regions of the country do not have enough drinking water or do not have access to clean natural water resources.

The Mexican scientist would like to participate in the Green Talents Forum in order to understand the new alternatives for clean water that are being investigated by German scientists. He is also interested in developing key contacts and collaborations with German experts in his field in order to comprehend the principles of disinfection, new technologies, the role of the basic research and many other aspects. Carlos Alberto Martínez-Huitle impressed the jury with his extensive international experience. He has studied and worked in Mexico, conducted research in Switzerland and both taught and researched in Italy and Brazil.