Martin was an MPhil student from 2010-11, studying organic nonlinear optical materials and dyes used in dye-sensitized solar cells. By refining methods for determining the molecular wavefunction of these molecules it was hoped that relationships to their physical properties could be understood. This work involved experimental characterization of these materials using X-ray crystallography and modeling with Hartree-Fock methods. Research previously performed by Andrew Higginbotham and Dan Hickstein opened the possibility of conducting an exhaustive search of the Cambridge Structural Database for new nonlinear optical materials.
Martin completed his undergraduate work at Haverford College in Pennsylvania where his thesis research focused on applying insights from condensed matter physics to theoretical cosmology. Previous research projects include work with Germanium nanowires and porphyrin nanorods.