Dr. Daniel E. Martínez-Tong

Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellow
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).
Centro de Física de Materiales (UPV/EHU-CSIC).
Paseo Manuel Lardizabal 5, 20018 Donostia, Spain.
E-mail: hello@danielmtong.com, danielenrique.martinezt@ehu.eus
Twitter: danielmtong

Full CV in PDF available here for download

Scientific quality indicators

Scientific Productivity
Number of Articles: 27 (100% in ISI indexed peer-reviewed journals) Number of Articles as First Author: 13/27 (48 %)
Number of Articles as Corresponding Author: 13/27 (48 %)
Number of Articles in Q1: 22/27 (80 %)
Number of Articles in PrePrint servers: 1 (currently evaluated in peer-reviewed journals) Sum of the Times Cited: 238 (Web of Knowledge/Publons)
Average Citations per Article: 9.2 (Web of Knowledge/Publons)
Average Citations per Year: 29.8 (Web of Knowledge/Publons)
h-index: 9 (Web of Knowledge/Publons) Number of book chapters: 2

Career funding
Over 280 k€ in competitive scholarships, private contracts, and grants for scientific stays.
Pre-doctoral funding: > 90 k€
Post-doctoral funding: > 190 k€

Students supervision
Supervised Final Year Works: 1
Supervised interns (visiting students): 1
Ongoing student supervision
PhD Thesis: 1 (expected 2022)
Master Thesis: 1 (expected 2020)
Final Year Works: 1 (expected 2020)

– Highest GPA award (Maracaibo 2009)
– JAE-Pre Scholarship for doctoral studies (Madrid 2010 – 2014)
– Juan de la Cierva Incorporación Scholarship (IJCI-2017-31600) (Donostia 2018-2020)
– 3 times winner of Best Poster presentation in different conferences

Participation in projects
– Participation in 1 European Project (EUSMI)
– Participation in 4 National and Local Projects

Referee for the following ISI Journals
– European Polymer Journal (Elsevier, Q1)
– Polymer (Elsevier, Q1)
– Polymers (MDPI, Q1)
– Small (Wiley, Q1)
– Applied Surface Science (Elsevier, Q1)
– Journal of Applied Physics (Elsevier, Q2)
– Polymer Bulletin (Wiley, Q3)

Member of the Venezuelan Physics Society (Sociedad Venezolana de Física). ID#183

Academic experience

Teacher at the Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela. Academic load: 2 terms teaching Elementary Physics (144 academic hours), 1 term teaching Physics Lab (72 academic hours) and 1 summer course teaching elementary physics (72 academic hours).

Teacher at the Master’s in Nanoscience. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Academic load: 1.75 ECTS in the subjects Experimental Techniques (I & II), during the years 2019 – 2020.

Collaborator in Scientific Divulgation programs, such as “Semana de la Ciencia” in Spain, as well as the monthly guided visits by the Donostia International Physics Center at the Materials Physics Center for high school and undergraduate students. Collaborator at the “Curso de iniciación a la investigación” of the Instituto de Estructura de la Materia in Madrid, Spain, where undergraduate students have a first contact with the research institution.

Teacher’s assistant at elementary physics courses taught to science students (physics, chemistry, and biology majors), during 2 years at the Universidad del Zulia (Maracaibo, Venezuela).

Research know-how

Expert in the study of laterally-resolved quantitative physical properties using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM):

Mechanical properties by AFM 
(PeakForce-QNM, Force Spectroscopy, Friction Force microscopy). 
Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM), 
Conductive AFM (C-AFM), 
Electrostatic Force Microscopy (EFM),
nanoDielectric Spectroscopy (nDS),
Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (KPFM).

High expertise in analysis techniques: Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), X-ray Scattering at Small and Wide Angles (SAXS, WAXS/sXRD). Entry-level experience in grazing incidence scattering techniques and synchrotron facilities.

Strong expertise in the preparation and physical properties of polymers and soft low molecular weight materials in confinement: nanoparticles, and thin films. Experience in working with advanced materials for polymer-based technologies: biocompatible polymers, conducting & semiconducting polymers, and ferroelectric polymers.

Solid experience in surface structuring of polymers by Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL) and Laser induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS). Collaborator in the development of polymer coatings by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD), as well as in the surface structuring of organic and inorganic materials by laser ablation.

Computational skills: Molecular Dynamics. Entry-level programming in FORTRAN, C, R, and Python. High-level in scientific software packages such as Origin, SigmaPlot, and Matlab.


2012 – 2014. Ph.D. in Physics
Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.
GPA: Outstanding – Cum Laude

 2010 – 2012. Master’s in Applied Physics
Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid, Spain
GPA: 9.1/10.0. **Master’s Thesis was graded as Outstanding with honors.**

2009 – 2010. Diploma: Teaching skills.
La Universidad del Zulia. Maracaibo, Venezuela.

2004 – 2009. Bachelor’s degree in Physics
La Universidad del Zulia. Maracaibo, Venezuela
GPA: 18.75/20.00
– Part of the Dean’s List in 4 years.
– First of the class 2009.
– Highest GPA award (2009).

Selected Papers (Full list here)

R. I. Rodríguez-Beltrán, D. E.Martínez-Tong*, A. Reyes-Contreras, S. Paszkiewicz, A. Szymczyk, T. A.Ezquerra, P. Moreno, E. Rebollar. Laterally-resolved mechanical and tribological properties of laser-structured polymer nanocompositesPolymer. Vol 168, 178-184. 2019.

D. E. Martínez-Tong*, L. A. Miccio, A. Alegria. Ionic transport in the amorphous phase of semicrystalline polyethylene oxide thin filmsSoft Matter. Vol. 13, 5597-5503. 2017.

D. E. Martínez-Tong,  C. Ruzié, Y. H. Geerts, M. Sferrazza. Structural evolution of an organic semiconducting molecule onto a soft substrateChemPhysChem. Vol. 17 (8), 1174-1179. 2016.

D. E. Martínez-Tong, A. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, A. Nogales, M-C García-Gutiérrez, F. Pérez-Murano, J. Llobet, T. A. Ezquerra, E. Rebollar. Laser Fabrication of Polymer Ferroelectric Nanostructures for Non-volatile Organic Memory DevicesACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Vol 7 (35), 19611 – 19618. 2015.

J. Spièce, D. E. Martínez-Tong, M. Sferrazza, A. Nogales, S. Napolitano. Are polymers glassier upon confinement?Soft Matter. Vol 11 (31), 6165 – 6344. 2015. Front Cover of this issue is an AFM image taken and processed byDaniel E. Martínez-Tong.

D. E. Martínez-Tong, B. Vanroy, M. Wübbenhorst, A. Nogales, S. Napolitano. Crystallization of poly(L-lactide) confined in ultrathin films: Competition between finite size effects and irreversible chain adsorption. Macromolecules. 47 (7). 2354-2360. 2014

D. E. Martínez-Tong, M. Soccio, A. Sanz, C. García, T. A. Ezquerra, A. Nogales. Chain arrangement and glass transition temperature variations in polymer nanoparticles under 3D-confinementMacromolecules. Vol 46 (11). 4698-4705. 2013.D. E. Martínez-Tong, M. Soccio, M. C. García-Gutiérrez, A. Nogales, D. R. Rueda, N. Alayo, F. Pérez-Murano, T. A. Ezquerra. Improving information density in ferroelectric polymer films by using nanoimprinted gratingsApplied Physics Letters. Vol 102 (19). 191601. 2013

Profesional Experience

2018 – 2020
Juan de la Cierva Fellow
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) & Materials Physics Center (MPC-CFM).
Donostia, Spain.
Promoter: Prof. Angel Alegría (angel.alegria@ehu.es)
Project: Linking the nanoscale physical response of polymers to the material’s properties.

2016 – 2018
Postdoctoral researcher
Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) & Materials Physics Center (MPC-CFM).
Donostia, Spain.
Promoter: Prof. Angel Alegría (angel.alegria@ehu.es)
Project: Local Dielectric Spectroscopy by AFM.
Major Contributions:
– Study of relaxation processes of dielectric materials at the nanoscale and development of the AFM-based technique “nanoDielectric Spectroscopy (nDS)”.
– Topographical, electrical and mechanical characterization of polymers in thin films, nanospheres, and bulk by several AFM techniques.
– Collaborator in the development of a synthesis route for PEDOT:PSS using Single Chain Polymer Nanoparticles.
– Establishment of a collaboration with Dr. Michelina Soccio at the Università di Bologna for the molecular dynamics study of the novel polymer “Poly(2,5 butylene furanoate) (PBF)”.
– Collaborator in the monthly scientific divulgation program of the DIPC.

Promoter: Prof. Fabienne Barroso-Bujans (fbarroso@ehu.eus)
Project: Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy for the analysis of polyethers with complex dipolar microstructure
Major Contributions:
– Application of BDS for the evaluation of cyclic and other polymer architectures.
– Study of relaxation processes of ploy(glycidyl phenyl ether) (PGPE) by BDS. 

2014 – 2015.
Postdoctoral researcher
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
Brussels, Belgium.
Promoter: Dr. Michele Sferazza (msferraz@ulb.ac.be)
Project: Semiconducting organic molecules in thin films and nanocrystals.
Major contributions:
– Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction and AFM, of three different compounds in thin film geometries.
– Establishment of collaborations with Dr. G. Gbabode at the Université of Rouen for the development of crystalline growth models.

2010 – 2014.
Predoctoral fellow
Instituto de Estructura de la Materia
Madrid, Spain.
Supervisor: Dr. Aurora Nogales (a.nogales@csic.es)
Project: Polymers in confinement.
Major contributions:
– Preparation of polymer nanostructures by physicochemical methods, including 4 different protocols for polymer nanoparticles.
– Study of physical properties in confinement and possible applications of nanostructured polymers.
– Surface patterning by laser techniques.
– Responsible for the development and application of nanoscale AFM measurements for the determination of physical properties in soft matter systems.
**CSIC “JAE-Pre” 4 year scholarship for PhD Students**

2012. Internship
Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Brussels, Belgium.
Supervisor: Dr. Simone Napolitano (snapolit@ulb.ac.be).
Project: Relaxation of poly(L-lactic) acid in thin films by BDS.

2010. Researcher
LabD – Solid State Physics group. Universidad Simón Bolívar. Caracas, Venezuela. 1 year.
Supervisor: Dr. Estrella Laredo. (elaredo@usb.ve)
Project: Conductivity of biopolymer + carbon nanotubes composites.

2010. Teacher
Universidad Simón Bolívar.
Caracas, Venezuela. 1 year.
Supervisor: Prof. Douglas Mundaraín (dmundara@fis.usb.ve).3 trimester courses and 1 summer course were assigned. Subjects were focused on elementary physics for science and engineer students. Both theoretical and laboratory classes were taught.

2008 – 2009.
Undergradute student
Centro de Modelado Científico. La Universidad del Zulia.
Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Supervisor: Prof. Carlo Guerrero (guerrerocarlo@yahoo.es).
Project: Molecular dynamics simulations of carbon nanostructures.

2008 – 2009.
Teacher’s assistant.
La Universidad del Zulia. Maracaibo, Venezuela. (2 years).
Teacher’s assistant at elementary physics courses taught to science students (physics, chemistry and biology majors).

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. (1 month)
Madrid, Spain.
Supervisor: Dr. Pedro García-Mochales Caro (pedro.garciamochales@uam.es).Project: Development of a molecular dynamics computational code, able to perform tasks using several cores in a single CPU.

Undergraduate student
Centro de Modelado Cientifico. La Universidad del Zulia. Maracaibo, Venezuela
Supervisor: Prof. Jeanette Stock (jstock@fec.luz.edu.ve)Project: Computational analysis of lightning phenomena at the Maracaibo’s lake basin.

Participation in Scientific Project (Full list available in my CV)

Reference: H2020-INFRAIA-2016-1, PROJECT 731019
Funding agency: European Union
Dates: 17/12/2018 – 16/12/2020
Local P.I.: Prof. Angel Alegria
Total amount: 270.298 €

Reference: PIBA_2018_1_0034
Funding agency: Basque Government. Spain
Dates: 19/09/2018 – 30/09/2020
P.I.: Dr. Fabienne Barroso-Bujans
Total amount: 49.850 €

Title: Nanoestructuración de polímeros y sistemas híbridos: Una vía sinérgica hacia la multifuncionalidad.
Reference: MAT2011-23455
Funding agency: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. Spain
Dates: 01/02/2013 – 24/10/2014
P.I.: Dr. Mari Cruz García Gutiérrez (maricruz@iem.cfmac.csic.es)
Total amount: 95.041 €

Recent Participation in Conferences (Full list available in my CV)

2019 – Shapingpolymersurfacesbylaserinteractions:formationandnanomechanical properties of LIPSS in controlled environments. Trends in Nanotechnology. 30 September – 04 October. ORAL CONTRIBUTION

2019 – The Magic of BDS. INVITED SEMINAR at University of Bayreuth. 12 September.

2018 – Dielectric properties of polymers with lateral resolution using an AFM approach: nanoDielectric Spectroscopy. INVITED SEMINAR at BERC-POLYMAT. 16 November.

2018 – Broadband dielectric spectroscopy for evaluating cyclic and other complex polymer architectures. 10th ECNP International Conference on Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites. Donostia – Spain, 3-5 October. ORAL & POSTER CONTRIBUTION. PRIZE FOR BEST POSTER PRESENTATION.

2018 – Molecular dynamics of novel poly(pentamethylene 2,5-furanoate): Exploring a complete landscape of molecular dynamics and finding unexpected results. 10th Conference on Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy and its Applications. Brussels – Belgium, 26-31 August. ORAL CONTRIBUTION.

2018 – BDS as an analytical tool for the analysis of polyethers with different architectures. 10th Conference on Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy and its Applications. Brussels – Belgium, 26-31 August. PRIZE FOR BEST POSTER PRESENTATION.

2017 -nanoDielectric Spectroscopy as a tool for the characterization of polymer electrolytes. E-MRS Spring meeting 2017. Strasbourg – France, 22-26 May. ORAL CONTRIBUTION


2018 – Participation at “Zientzia Club”, scientific stand-up comedy session.

2018 – Collaborator in the “Women and Girls in Science” day.

2017, 2018, 2019 – Invited talk to “Vidas Científicas” divulgation program, sponsored by Kutxa Zientzia Museoa.

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 – Collaborator at the “Zientzia Astea” divulgation program. Donostia, Spain.

2013 and 2014 – Collaborator in the program by the Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid, linking high school students and industries. Madrid, Spain.