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Martin Pumera

Prof. Martin Pumera


Prof. Martin Pumera is the Director of the Center for the Advanced Functional Nanorobots and a tenured faculty member at University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague and Chief Investigator of Future Energy and Innovation Lab at CEITEC, Czech Republic. He received his Ph.D. at Charles University, Czech Republic, in 2001. After two postdoctoral stays (in the United States, Spain), he became tenured group leader at the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, in 2006. In 2010 Martin joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he worked as tenured Associate Professor for almost a decade. Prof. Pumera has broad interests in nanomaterials and microsystems, in the specific areas of electrochemistry and synthetic chemistry of 2D nanomaterials, electrocatalysis and sustainable energy and mobility, nanotoxicity, micro and nanomachines, and 3D printing. Martin is “2017 & 2018 & 2019 Highly Cited Researcher” by Clarivate Analytics (as the only chemist in the Czech Republic). He published over 675 papers which received more than 30,000 citations. Martin's h-index is 85. Total funding Martin received as PI is 17.1 M EURO, with current ongoing funding of 12+ M EURO. Martin believes that ‘It is not about the money but it's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.’ Martin is proud that he have supervised 30 PhD students, 10 Master students and over 50 BSc students. Five former group members are successful group leaders, from Barcelona to Yale. Pumera Group currently consists of 45 researchers at 3 laboratories, with motto “What starts here changes the world”



King Saud University, College of Science, Department of Chemistry, Building (5).

Office: 2A 101

Telephone: 4675973

Research Interests

Electrochemistry, chemistry of 2D materials, micro and nanomachines among other topics


  • Highly Cited Researcher 2018 and 2017 by Clarivative Analytics.
  • Rector Award for Scientific Excellence 2018.
  • NTU Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research 2012.
  • ERC‐StG 2009.
  • Marie Curie IEF 2004.
  • Marie Curie OF 2006.
  • JSPS Award 2005.
  • AvH award 2005.
  • NATO award 2003
Project Title

Advanced CO2 Reduction via Nanoarchitectonics of Catalytics Materials

Project Summary

Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) are of significant concern in modern society, as they lead to global warming and consequential environmental and societal changes. It is of importance to develop industries with a zero or negative CO2 footprint. Electrochemistry, where one of the reagents is electrons, is an environmentally clean technology that is capable of addressing the conversion of CO2 to value-added products. The key factor in the process is the use of catalytic electrode materials that lead to the desired reaction and product. The reduction of CO2 is also closely related to clean generation of hydrogen by water splitting to generate clean feedstock. We aim on development of new carefully nanoarchitected functional materials based on metal-organic frameworks, 2D materials, such as graphene, transition metal dichalcogendies, metal thiophosphides, MXenes, and 2D group 15 monoelemental materials, such as phosphorene, antimonene and bismuthene and germanene. 3D printing technology will be involved to create large proof-of-concept devices. Ultimately, this will have dramatic impact on CO2 reduction and utilization worldwide.


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