Martin Thuo

  • Assistant Professor

Main Office

2220AB Hoover
Ames, IA 50011-2300
Phone: 515-294-8581


Post-Doc: Harvard University (with Prof. George M. Whitesides)

PhD: University of Iowa (with Prof. Ned Bowden & Prof. Daniel Quinn)

BS: Kenyatta University

Interest Areas

Soft materials (polymers and soft alloys)

Surfaces and interfaces (self-assembled monolayers, molecular electronics, and self-cleaning surfaces)

Low-cost diagnostics and other bio-analytical devices

Selected Publications


  1. Jiahao Chen, Zhengjia Wang, Stephanie Oyola-Reynoso, Symon M. Gathiaka, M. M. Thuo “Limits to the Effect of Substrate Roughness or Smoothness on the Odd-Even Effect in Wetting Properties of n-Alkanethiolate Monolayers”Langmuir 2015 31, 7047−7054 
  2. Stephanie Oyola-Reynoso, Ian D. Tevis, J. Chen, Boyce S. Chang, Simge cinar, J.-F. Bloch, and Martin Thuo “Recruiting Physi-sorbed Water in Surface Polymerization for Bio-Inspired Materials of Tunable Hydrophobicity”Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2016 4, 14729–14738
  3. Sporrer,J. Chen, Z. Wang, M. Thuo “Revealing the Nature of Molecule-Electrode Contact in Tunneling Junctions using Raw Data Heat-Maps” J. Phys. Chem. Letts., 2015  6, 4952–4958
  4. Çınar, I. D. Tevis, J. Chen, M. Thuo “Mechanical Fracturing of Core-Shell Undercooled Metal Particles for Heat-Free Soldering”Scientific Reports 2016  6:21864
  5. D. Tevis, L.B. Newcomb, M. M. Thuo, “Synthesis of Liquid Core-shell Particles and Solid Patchy Multicomponent Particles by Shearing Liquids Into Complex ParticlEs (SLICE)”, Langmuir 2014 30, 14308–14313.
  6. M. Thuo, R. V. Martinez, X. Liu, M. B. J. Atkinson, J. F. Bloch, G. M. Whitesides, “Low-Cost microfluidic devices derived from embossed hydrophobic paper” Chem. Mater. 2014 26(14) 4230–4237