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Martin de Jesus Nieto Perez

Associate Teaching Professor


  • Nuclear Engineering

232 Hallowell Building





Martin Nieto-Perez is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Ken and Mary Alice Department of Nuclear Engineering. Martin received his BS (1997) in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, and a MS (2001) and PhD (2004) in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After his PhD he held a postdoctoral appointment at Argonne National Laboratory between 2004 and 2006. Between 2008 and 2021 he was professor/researcher at CICATA, one of the research units of Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Queretaro, Mexico. Martin’s research focuses on two main thrusts: plasma-material interactions in both high and low temperature plasmas, and neutronics and kinetic modeling/design relevant to the insertion of fusion-based neutron sources in the nuclear fuel cycle both in the front-end (as fissile material breeders) and the back end (actinide burners, spent fuel regenerators).


  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana - Iztapalapa, 1997
  • MS, Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
  • PhD, Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2004


Journal Articles

  • Camila Lopez-Perez, Trevor Marchhart, Kenta Kawashimo and Martin Nieto-Perez, 2023, "A liquid metal dropper for experiments on the wettability of liquid metals on plasma facing components", Review of Scientific Instruments, 94, (10)
  • Camila Lopez-Perez, Trevor Marchhart, Alexandru Horia Marin, Martin Nieto-Perez and Jean Paul Allain, 2023, "Liquid lithium wettability studies on novel zirconium-alloyed porous tungsten", Nuclear Materials and Energy, 37, pp. 11
  • Gerardo Lopez-Echavarria, Jorge A Huerta-Ruelas, Gonzalo Velazquez, Martin Nieto-Perez and Guadalupe Mendez-Montealvo, 2023, "Influence of the surface/volume ratio on the rheological properties of starch dispersions", Czech Journal of Food Sciences, 41, pp. 54-63
  • Gerardo Lopez-Echavarria, Guadalupe Mendez-Montealvo, Martin Nieto-Perez, Gonzalo Velazquez, Alberto Herrera-Gomez and Jorge Huerta-Ruelas, 2023, "High viscosity change of corn starch suspensions prepared from granules quick treated with cold plasma", Plasma Processes and Polymers, 20, (2), pp. 13
  • Miguel A Segura-Ramirez, Martin Nieto-Perez, Rosa G Gonzalez Huerta and Pedro Vazquez-Landaverde, 2022, "Experimental measurements of naphta-like hydrocarbons conversion kinetics in an atmospheric dielectric barrier discharge", Revista Mexicana de Ingenieria Quimica, 21, (1), pp. 12
  • Israel Sifuentes-Nieves, Guadalupe Mendez-Montealvo, Pamela C Flores-Silva, Martin Nieto-Perez, Guadalupe Neira-Velazquez, Oliveiro Rodriguez-Fernandez, Ernesto Hernandez-Hernandez and Gonzalo Velazquez, 2021, "Dielectric barrier discharge and radio-frequency plasma effect on structural properties of starches with different amylose content", Innovative Food Sciences & Emerging Technologies, 68, pp. 9
  • Christian Gómez Samaniego, Martin Nieto-Perez and Gonzalo Ramos, 2021, "Simulation of the inner electrode geometry effect on the rundown phase characteristics of a coaxial plasma accelerator.", Revista Mexicana de Física, 67, (1), pp. 162-172
  • Humberto Salazar-Cravioto, Martin Nieto-Perez, Gonzalo Ramos, Swadesh Mahajan, Prashant Valanju and Michael Kotschenreuther, 2020, "Modeling of a Spherical Tokamak as an Extended Neutron Source Using ASTRA and MCNP", IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 48, (6), pp. 7
  • Miguel Lindero-Hernandez, Gonzalo Ramos and Martin Nieto-Perez, 2019, "Evaluation of Copper-Beryllium Contacts for High Current Density Pulsed Applications", IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 47, (8), pp. 4048 - 4051
  • Marlenne Gomez-Ramirez, Lizbeth Soto-Ruvalcaba, Martin Nieto-Perez and Norma Rojas-Avelizapa, 2019, "Cold plasma: an alternative to reduce the viability of Aspergillus flavus conidia in lentil beans", Mexican Journal of Biotechnology, 4, (3), pp. 12
  • Daniel Hernandez-Arriaga, Dulce Maria Ventura-Ovalle and Martin Nieto-Perez, 2019, "Design of the Toroidal Field Coil System for the TPM-1U Tokamak", Fusion Science and Technology, 75, (2), pp. 148-159
  • Martin Nieto-Perez, Raul Avalos-Zuñiga and Gonzalo Ramos, 2017, "Monte Carlo simulation of ion–material interactions in nuclear fusion devices", Radiation Effects and Defects in Solids, 172, (5-6), pp. 429-440
  • Francisco Ceballos-Soto, Martin Nieto-Perez and Gonzalo Ramos, 2017, "Design of a pulse transformer for the ohmic heating system of a small tokamak", Fusion Engineering and Design, 121, pp. 325-336

Conference Proceedings

  • David Alamilla-Flores, Martin Nieto-Perez and Pedro Argumedo-Teuffer, 2017, "Hydrodinamic effect of Discharge of Dielectric Barrier in the flow of air around an airfoil NACA 0018", 16th Latin American Workshop on Plasma Physics, LAWPP 2017 - Conference Proceedings, IEEE, pp. `1-4

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Best Researcher at IPN, category Young Researcher, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, December 2010
  • Fulbright/Garcia-Robles Scholar, US Department of State/CONACyT, August 1998 - July 2000


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Attendee, Post Industrial Medwest and Appalachia Nuclear Alliance Workshop, Ken and Mary Alice Department of Nuclear Engineering, June 2022 - June 2022
  • Committee Work, Attendee, Post Industrial Medwest and Appalachia Nuclear Alliance Workshop, Ken and Mary Alice Department of Nuclear Engineering, October 2022 - October 2022
  • Committee Work, Attendee, Post Industrial Medwest and Appalachia Nuclear Alliance Workshop, Ken and Mary Alice Department of Nuclear Engineering, December 2022 - December 2022
  • Contributions to Programs to Enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Advisor, Enviromentors Program, Institute for the Energy and the Environment, November 2022

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Chairperson, Technical Committe Chairparson, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Fusion Technology Committee, January 2020 - December 2023



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