PhD Student

Jacob was a PhD student in Cambridge University's Computational Modelling Group and a member of Churchill College. He completed a BSc with First Class Honours in Chemistry and Physics followed by a MSc in Chemistry at the University of Auckland (New Zealand). This included research in the areas of ultrafast spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Bayesian data analysis, computational chemistry and microfluidics. Jacob has strong interests in renewable energy, pollution reduction and carbon nanomaterials. He uses physical models and simulations to describe the chemical world and is developing instruments to measure chemical properties. Jacob is currently studying the formation of soot in engines using molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry to look at gas-soot interactions and self-assembly processes within carbon materials.

Jacob is now at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. He may be contacted at

Read: Jacob wins the 2020 Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize for the best thesis
Read: Jacob wins the prestigious 2021 Carbon Journal Thesis prize
Read: CARES Alumni Series
Read: Jacob is first author on a paper that wins the 2018 Gaydon Award by the British Section of the Combustion Institute
Read: Topology of disordered 3D graphene networks
Read: Jacob wins the 2019 Mrozowski Award for best oral presentation at the 2019 Carbon conference
Read: Nanotechnology right under our noses



Research Interest

Combustion, biochar, soot formation

Key Publications

Google Scholar Link

Hou, Dingyu, Laura Pascazio, Jacob Martin, Yuxin Zhou, Markus Kraft, and Xiaoqing You. 2022. “On the Reactive Coagulation of Incipient Soot Nanoparticles.” Journal of Aerosol Science 159: 105866.

Kächele, Rebecca, Daniel Nurkowski, Jacob Martin, Jethro Akroyd, and Markus Kraft. 2019. “An Assessment of the Viability of Alternatives to Biodiesel Transport Fuels.” Applied Energy 251: 113363.

Martin, Jacob W., Laura Pascazio, Angiras Menon, Jethro Akroyd, Katharina Kaiser, Fabian Schulz, Mario Commodo, Andrea D’Anna, Leo Gross, and Markus Kraft. 2021. “π-Diradical Aromatic Soot Precursors in Flames.” Journal of the American Chemical Society 143 (31): 12212–19.

Martin, Jacob W., Carla de Tomas, Irene Suarez-Martinez, Markus Kraft, and Nigel A. Marks. 2019. “Topology of Disordered 3D Graphene Networks.” Physical Review Letters 123 (11): 116105.

Menon, Angiras, Jochen A. H. Dreyer, Jacob W. Martin, Jethro Akroyd, John Robertson, and Markus Kraft. 2019. “Optical Band Gap of Cross-Linked, Curved, and Radical Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons.” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 21 (29): 16240–51.

Botero, Maria L., Yuan Sheng, Jethro Akroyd, Jacob Martin, Jochen A.H. Dreyer, Wenming Yang, and Markus Kraft. 2018. “Internal Structure of Soot Particles in a Diffusion Flame.” Carbon 141: 635–42.

Buerger, Philipp, Jethro Akroyd, Jacob W. Martin, and Markus Kraft. 2016. “A Big Data Framework to Validate Thermodynamic Data for Chemical Species.” Combustion and Flame 176: 584–91.

Grančič, Peter, Jacob W. Martin, Dongping Chen, Sebastian Mosbach, and Markus Kraft. 2016. “Can Nascent Soot Particles Burn from the Inside?” Carbon 109: 608–15.

Martin, Jacob W., Maria Botero, Radomir I. Slavchov, Kimberly Bowal, Jethro Akroyd, Sebastian Mosbach, and Markus Kraft. 2018. “Flexoelectricity and the Formation of Carbon Nanoparticles in Flames.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122 (38): 22210–15.

Martin, Jacob W., Kimberly Bowal, Angiras Menon, Radomir I. Slavchov, Jethro Akroyd, Sebastian Mosbach, and Markus Kraft. 2018. “Polar Curved Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soot Formation.” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.

Martin, Jacob W., Grant McIntosh, Rakesh Arul, Reece Oosterbeek, Markus Kraft, and Tilo Soehnel. 2017. “Giant Fullerene Formation through Thermal Treatment of Fullerene Soot.” Carbon 125: 132–38.

Martin, Jacob W., Radomir I. Slavchov, Edward K. Y. Yapp, Jethro Akroyd, Sebastian Mosbach, and Markus Kraft. 2017. “The Polarization of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Curved by Pentagon Incorporation: The Role of the Flexoelectric Dipole.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (48): 27154–27163.