Martin G. Bakker

Martin G. Bakker

Associate Professor


  • Research Associate, Argonne National Laboratory, 1988-1990
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Australia, 1985-1988
  • PhD, University of Canterbury, 1985
  • BSc, University of Canterbury, 1980


Self-assembly of surfactants and block copolymers. Syntheses of hierarchically mesoporous materials, particularly monolithic mesoporous materials, by sol-gel, electrodeposition and nanocasting processes.  Characterization of such materials by electron microscopies, gas adsorption, and electrochemical methods.  Use of hierarchically porous materials in catalysis, separations and energy generation, storage and conversion.

Selected Publications

“How Addition of a Nickel Cyclohexyl-Salen Complex Impacts a One-Pot Synthesis of Nickel/Hierarchically Porous Carbon Monolith Catalyst,” Rina Adhikari, Trupti V. Kotbagi, Kevin H. Shaughnessy, Ambar B. Shrestha, A. Jennifer Sherwood, Yuping Bao, and Martin G. Bakker*, J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol., 2021, 97(1) 106 – 116.

“Experimental Methods in Chemical Engineering: Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy—EPR/ESR” Martin G. Bakker*, Benjamin Fowler Michael K. Bowman, Gregory S. Patience, Can. J. Chem. Eng. 2020, 98, 1668–1681.

“Synthesis of hierarchically porous monoliths by a co-gelation method”, Martin G. Bakker, Trupti V. Kotbagi, Kevin Shaughnessy, US Patent 10,195,587, issued February 5th, 2019.

“Nanostructuring of Heat Sink Surfaces for Improved Cooling Efficiency,” Anagi M. Balachandra*, A.G.N.D. Darsanasiri, Iman Harsini, Parviz Soroushian, and Martin G. Bakker, Cogent Engineering, 2018, 5(1), 1512039,

“Catalytic Graphitization in Nanocast Carbon Monoliths by Iron, Cobalt and Nickel Nanoparticles,” Charitha J Thambiliyagodage, Steven Ulrich, Paulo T. Araujo,* Martin G Bakker*, Carbon, 2018, 134, 452-463,

“Co-polymerization of Transition Metal Salen Complexes and Conversion into Metal Nanoparticles Supported on Hierarchically Porous Carbon Monoliths: A One Pot Synthesis,” Trupti V. Kotbagi, Kevin H. Shaughnessy, Christian LeDoux, Hyunseok Cho, Sefadzi Tay-Agbozo, John van Zee, and Martin G. Bakker*, J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol., 2017, 84, 258-273, DOI: 10.1007/s10971-017-4510-0

“Robust and Recyclable Nitrogen Doped Hierarchically Porous Carbon Supported Ni Nanoparticles for the Hydrogenation of Furfural to Furfuryl alcohol”, Trupti V. Kotbagi*, Hanmant R. Gurav, Atul S. Nagpure, Satyanarayana V. Chilukuri*, and Martin G. Bakker*, RSC Advances 6, 67662-67668, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6RA14078E

“Silver Supported on Hierarchically Porous SiO2 and Co3O4 Monoliths: Efficient Heterogeneous Catalyst for Oxidation of Cyclohexene”, Yasemin Hakat, Trupti V. Kotbagi, Martin G. Bakker, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 411, 61-71 2016, doi: 10.1016/j.molcata.2015.10.015

“Facile One-Pot Synthesis and Characterization of Nickel Supported on Hierarchically Porous Carbon”, Trupti V. Kotbagi, Yasemin Hakat and Martin G. Bakker*, Materials Research Bulletin, 73, 204-210, 2016, doi:10.1016/j.materresbull.2015.09.006.

“NanoCOT: Low-Cost Nanostructured Electrode Containing Carbon, Oxygen, and Titanium for Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction”, Zhichao Shan, Panikar Sathyaseelan Archana, Gang Shen, Arunava Gupta, Martin G. Bakker,and Shanlin Pan*, Journal of the American Chemical Society 137, 11996-12005, 2015, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b05367