Dr Luis Yerman Martinez

Research Fellow

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 53520


I have a multidisciplinary background in chemical and civil engineering, chemistry and materials science. Currently, I am the UQ leader of the National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life, based at USC. I apply my expertise to understand the effects of fungal decay and moisture intrusion in timber connections, as well as the improvement of the fire performance of timber. I supervise 6 PhD students.

Research Interests

  • Timber durability, fire/combustion
    Timber treatments, timber connections.
  • Biomass torrefaction and pyrolysis. Smouldeirng combustion
    Thermal conversion of biomass. Biochar, bio-oil and fuel gas production. Catalytic processes


  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), UdelaR
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering), UdelaR
  • Master in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Honours), UB(Spain)
  • PhD (cum laude) - Inorganic Chemistry, UB(Spain)


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Torero, J. L., Gerhard, J. I., Kinsman, L. L. and Yermán, L. (2018). Using fire to remediate contaminated soils. Underground coal gasification and combustion. (pp. 601-625) edited by Michael S. Blinderman and Alexander Y. Klimenko. Duxford, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-08-100313-8.00019-0

  • Yerman Martinez, Luis (2016). Self-sustaining smouldering combustion as a waste treatment process. Developments in combustion technology. (pp. 1-26) edited by Konstantinos Kyprianidis and Jan Skvaril. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech. doi: 10.5772/64451

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision