His research interests are in electrochemistry, nanoscience and bioanalytical chemistry. Beginning in the 1980s, his research group pioneered a powerful and versatile approach for preparing nanomaterials called template synthesis. This method has since become a workhorse procedure for preparing nanomaterials, and is used in laboratories throughout the world. His research currently focuses on applications of template-prepared nanotubes and nanotube membranes to electrochemical biosensors and to electrochemical energy.
Professor Martin was the 2009 recipient of the Charles N. Reilley Award of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, the 2005 recipient of the Florida Award of the Florida Section of the American Chemical Society, and the 1999 recipient of the Carl Wagner Memorial Award of the Electrochemical Society. He was promoted to University Distinguished Professor in 2006. In 2007 he received a Nano 50 Innovator Award from Nanotech Briefs. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, and served, or is serving, on the editorial advisory boards of Chemistry of Materials, Advanced Materials and Small. He is also the Senior Editor of the journal Nanomedicine. He is also an ISI highly cited author in materials science.