Madhavi Martin

Research Staff

Staff Scientist

Ph.D., Solid State Physics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1992
M.S., Physics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1987
B.S., Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, Nagpur University, 1980

Research Interests:

·         Developing laser induced breakdown spectroscopy along with multivariate models for the detection of rare earth elements in natural materials and in nuclear reactions.

  • Developing laser and imaging technologies for phenotyping wood and grass species with a focus on biomass characterization.
  • Dendrochemistry to understand tree growth and development related to environmental effects.
  • Development of environmental sensors specifically used in complex biological and chemical matrices.
  • Development of multivariate analysis (MVA) models and algorithms used in high-throughput applications.

Recent Publications:

  • Suresh Poudel, Richard J. Giannone, Miguel RodriguezJr., Babu Raman, Madhavi Z. Martin, Nancy L. Engle, Jonathan R. Mielenz, Intawat Nookaew, Steven D. Brown, Timothy J. Tschaplinski, David Ussery and Robert L. Hettich, “Integrated omics analyses reveal the details of metabolic adaptation of Clostridium thermocellum to lignocellulose-derived growth inhibitors released during the deconstruction of switchgrass”
  • Biotechnology for Biofuels201710:14 DOI: 10.1186/s13068-016-0697-5 (IF= 5.5)
  • Madhavi Martin, Rodger C. Martin, Steve Allman, Deanne Brice, Ann Wymore, and Nicolas Andre. Quantification of Rare Earth Elements using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Spectrochimica Acta Part B:  Atomic Spectroscopy, (2015) Vol 114, pp 65-73. (I.F = 3.18)
  • Madhavi  Z. Martin, R. V. Fox, A. W. Miziolek, F. C. DeLucia Jr., and Nicolas André, “Spectral Analysis of Rare Earth Elements using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy”, Proceeding of SPIE 9482- 2015, Baltimore MD, USA, April 20-24. 2015. Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies VIII, 94820G (June 3, 2015);   doi: 10.1117/12.2178192
  • Tschaplinski, T.J., Plett, J.M., Engle, N.L., Deveau, A., Cushman, K., Martin, M.Z., Doktycz, M.J., Tuskan, G.A., Brunm, A., Kohler, A., and F. Martin. 2014. Populus trichocarpa and Populus deltoids exhibit different metabolomics responses to colonization by the symbiotic fungus Laccaria bicolor. Mol. Plant Microbe Int. Available online. DOI: 10.1094/MPMI-­‐09-­‐13-­‐0286-­‐R 27:546-556.
  • G. Shaw, M.Z.   Martin,  R. Martin, T.M.  Biewer. “Preliminary Design of Laser-induced breakdown Spectroscopy for Proto-MPEX.” Review of Scientific Instruments 85 11D806 (2014).
  • Madhavi Z. Martin, Melanie A. Mayes, Katherine R. Heal, Deanne J. Brice, and Stan D. Wullschleger, Investigation of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and multivariate analysis for differentiating inorganic and organic C in a variety of soils. Spectrachimica Acta Part B. (2013). pp. 100-107.  DOI information: 10.1016/j.sab.2013.05.026


  • J. Kaiser, K. Novotný, M.Z. Martin, A. Hrdlička, R. Malina, M. Hartl, V. Adam, R. Kizek, “Trace elemental analysis by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy – biological applications” Surface Science Reports 67 (2012) 233-243.


  • Madhavi Z. Martin, Steve Allman, Deanne J. Brice, Rodger C. Martin, Nicolas O. Andre, “Exploring laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for nuclear materials analysis and in-situ applications”, Spectrochimica Acta Part B. vol 74-75 (2012) 177-183.


  •  High-Resolution Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy used in Homeland Security and Forensic Applications (Bull. Las. Spectrosc. Soc. India., 2006)


  • Cellular Response of Shewanella oneidensis to Strontium-Stress (Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 2006)


  • Analysis of preservative-treated wood by multivariate analysis of LIBS spectra, (Spectra Chimica Acta B., 2005)


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.


US Patent No 7,251,022 issued for “Dual Fiber Microprobe for Mapping Elemental Distributions in Biological Cells.”

Specialized Equipment

Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Instrumentation.