Publications

I am an author of several peer-reviewed publications in international journals and book chapters. I am an author of 4 high-impact papers including two Nature GeoScience, PNAS and Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

My research has a big impact in the society, and I have >100 international media appearances to talk about my research.

Full list of publications is available at Google Scholar, Web of Knowledge Researcher, ORCID.

Refereed papers

The symbol * denotes senior/corresponding author.

48. Barosch J, et al. including Martins Z (2022) Presolar Stardust in Asteroid Ryugu. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 935, L3. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/ac83bd

47.  Coelho LF, Blais MA, Matveev A, Keller-Costa T, Vincente WF, Costa R, Martins Z*, Canário J (2022) Contamination analysis of Arctic ice samples as planetary field analogs and implications for future life-detection missions to Europa and Enceladus. Scientific Reports 12, 12379. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-16370-5

46.  Coelho LF, Couceiro JF, Keller-Costa T, Valente SM, Ramalho TP, Carneiro J, Comte J, Blais M-A, Vincente WF, Martins Z, Canário J, Costa R (2022) Structural shifts in sea ice prokaryotic communities across a salinity gradient in the subarctic. Science of the Total Environment 827, 154286. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.154286

45.  Coelho LF, Madden J, Kaltenegger L, Zinder S, Philpot W, Esquível MG, Canário J, Costa R, Vincent WF, and Martins Z (2022) Color Catalogue of Life in Ice: Surface Biosignatures on Icy Worlds. Astrobiology, 22, 313-321. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2021.0008

44.  D'Ischia M,  Manini P,  Martins Z,  Remusat L,  Alexander C M. O'D,  Puzzarini C,  Barone V,  Saladino R (2021)  Insoluble organic matter in chondrites: Archetypal melanin-like PAH-based multifunctionality at the origin of life?. Physics of Life Reviews 37, 65-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2021.03.002

43.  Blanc M et al. (including Martins Z) (2020) Joint Europa Mission (JEM) a multi-scale study of Europa to characterize its habitability and search for extant life. Planetary and Space Science 193, 104960. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2020.104960

42.  Chan QHS, Stroud R, Martins Z, Yabuta H (2020) Concerns of Organic Contamination for Sample Return Space Missions. Space Sci Rev 216, 56. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-020-00678-7

41.  Martins Z*, Chan QHS, Bonal L, King A., Yabuta H. (2020) Organic Matter in the Solar System - Implications for Future on-Site and Sample Return Missions. Space Sci Rev 216, 54. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-020-00679-6

40.  Aerts JW, van Spanning RJM, Flahaut J, Molenaar D, Bland PA, Genge MJ, Ehrenfreund P and Martins Z (2019) Microbial Communities in Sediments From Four Mildly Acidic Ephemeral Salt Lakes in the Yilgarn Craton (Australia) - Terrestrial Analogs to Ancient Mars. Front. Microbiol. 10, 779. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.00779

39.  Laurent B, Cousins CR, Pereira MFC, Martins Z (2019) Effects of UV-organic interaction and Martian conditions on the survivability of organics. Icarus 323, 33-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2019.01.020

38.  Modica P, Martins Z, Meinert C, Zanda B, d'Hendecourt LLS (2018) The Amino Acid Distribution in Laboratory Analogs of Extraterrestrial Organic Matter: A Comparison to CM Chondrites. The Astrophysical Journal 865, 41-51. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aada8a

37.  Martins Z* (2018) The Nitrogen Heterocycle Content of Meteorites and Their Significance for the Origin of Life. Life 8, 28-43. https://doi.org/10.3390/life8030028

36.  Rimola A, Trigo-Rodríguez JM, Martins Z (2017), Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19, 18217-18231. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7cp03504g

35.  Cottin H, Kotler JM, Billi D, Cockell C, Demets R, Ehrenfreund P, Elsaesser A, d'Hendecourt L, van Loon J, Martins Z, Onofri S, Quinn RC, Rabbow E, Rettberg P, Ricco AJ, Slenzka K, de la Torre R, de Vera J-P, Westall F, Carrasco N, Fresneau A, Kawaguchi Y, Kebukawa Y, Nguyen D, Poch O, Saiagh K, Stalport F, Yamagishi A, Yano H, Klamm BA (2017), Space Science Reviews 209, 83?181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11214-017-0365-5

34.  Martins Z, Cottin H, Kotler JM, Carrasco N, Cockell C, de la Torre R, Demets R, de Vera J-P, dHendecourt L, Ehrenfreund P, Elsaesser A, Foing B, Onofri S, Quinn R, Rabbow E, Rettberg P, Ricco AJ, Slenzka K, Stalport F, ten Kate IL, van Loon J, Westall F (2017) Earth as a Tool for Astrobiology - A European. Perspective Space Science Reviews 209, 43-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11214-017-0369-1

33.  Cottin H, Kotler JM, Bartik K, Cleaves HJ, Cockell CS, de Vera J-PP, Ehrenfreund P, Leuko S, Ten Kate IL, Martins Z, Pascal R, Quinn R, Rettberg P, Westall F (2017), Space Science Reviews 209, 1-42 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11214-015-0196-1

32.  dos Santos R, Patel M, Cuadros J, Martins Z* (2016) Icarus 277, 342-353. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2016.05.029

31.  Myrgorodska I, Meinert C, Martins Z, le Sergeant dHendecourt L, Meierhenrich U (2016) Quantitative enantioseparation of amino acids by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography applied to non-terrestrial samples. Journal of Chromatography A 1433, 131-136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chroma.2016.01.014

30.  Martins Z*, Modica P, Zanda B, d'Hendecourt L (2015) The amino acid and hydrocarbon contents of the Paris meteorite: Insights into the most primitive CM chondrite. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 50, 926-943. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maps.12442

29.  Myrgorodska I, Meinert C, Martins Z, d'Hendecourt L, Meierhenrich UJ (2015) Molecular Chirality in Meteorites and Interstellar Ices, and the Chirality Experiment on Board the ESA Cometary Rosetta Mission. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 54, 1402-1412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201409354

28.  Trigo-Rodriguez JM, Moyano-Cambero CE, Llorca J, Fornasier S, Barucci MA, Belskaya I, Martins Z, Rivkin AS, Dotto E, Madiedo JM, Alonso-Azcarate J (2014) Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 437, 227-240. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stt1873

27.  Martins Z, Price MC, Goldman N, Sephton MA, Burchell MJ (2013) Shock synthesis of amino acids from impacting cometary and icy planet surface analogues. Nature GeoScience 6, 1045-1049. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1930

26.  Howard K, Bailey MJ, Berhanu D, Bland PA, Cressey G, Howard LE, Jeynes C, Matthewman R, Martins Z, Sephton MA, Stolojan V, Verchovsky S (2013) Biomass preservation in impact melt ejecta. Nature Geoscience 6, 1018-1022. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1996

25.  Matthewman R, Martins Z, Sephton MA (2013) Astrobiology 13, 324-333. http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/ast.2012.0820

24.  Elsila JE, Glavin DP, Dworkin JP, Martins Z, and Bada JL (2012) PNAS 109, 48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1213261109

23.  Chan HS, Martins Z*, Sephton MA (2012) Meteoritics & Planetary Science 47, 1502?1516. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2012.01413.x

22.  Matthewman R, Cotton LJ, Martins Z, Sephton MA (2012) Marine and Petroleum Geology 37, 41-52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2012.05.009

21.  Chan HS, Martins Z*, Sephton MA (2012) Planetary and Space Science 68, 42-47. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2011.06.004

20.  Chan HS, Martins Z*, Sephton MA (2012) Planetary and Space Science 60, 336-341. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2011.10.011

19.  Ehrenfreund P, Röling WFM, Thiel CS, Quinn R, Sephton MA, Stoker C, Kotler JM, Direito S, Martins Z, Orzechowska G, Kidd RD, van Sluis CA, Foing BH (2011) Int. J. Astrobiol. 10, 239-254. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1473550411000140

18.  Martins Z*, Sephton MA, Foing BH, Ehrenfreund P (2011) Extraction of amino acids from soils close to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), Utah. Int. J. Astrobiol. 10, 231-238. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1473550410000431

17.  Kotler JM, Quinn R, Foing BH, Martins Z, Ehrenfreund P (2011) Int. J. Astrobiol. 10, 221-230. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1473550411000103

16.  Foing BH, Stoker C, Zavaleta J, Ehrenfreund P, Thiel C, Sarrazin P, Blake D, Page J, Pletser V, Hendrikse J, Direito S, Kotler JM, Martins Z, Orzechowska G, Gross C, Wendt L, Clarke J, Borst A, Peters S, Wilhelm M, Davies G, team ILEWGE2009 (2011) Int. J. Astrobiol. 10, 141-160. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1473550411000036

15.  Martins Z* (2011) Organic Chemistry of Carbonaceous Meteorites. Elements 7, 35-40. https://doi.org/10.2113/gselements.7.1.35 

14.  Martins Z* (2011) Astron. Geophys. 52, 1.34-1.35. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4004.2011.52134.x

13.  Marlow JJ, Martins Z, Sephton MA (2011) Int. J. Astrobiol. 10, 31-44. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1473550410000303

12.  Peeter Z, Quinn R, Martins Z, Sephton MA, Becker L, MCM VL, Brucato J, Grunthaner F, Ehrenfreund P (2009) Int. J. Astrobiol. 10, 301-315. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1473550409990140

11.  Botta O, Martins Z, Emmenegger C, Dworkin JP, Glavin DP, Harvey RP, Zenobi R, Bada JL, Ehrenfreund P (2008) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 43, 1465-1480. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2008.tb01021.x

10.  Martins Z*, Botta O, Fogel ML, Sephton MA, Glavin DP, Watson JS, Dworkin JP, Schwartz AW, Ehrenfreund P (2008) Extraterrestrial nucleobases in the Murchison meteorite. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 270, 130-136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2008.03.026

9.   Marlow JJ, Martins Z, Sephton MA (2008) Astron. Geophys. 49, 2.2-2.5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4004.2008.49220.x

8.   Küppers M, et al. including Martins Z (2008) Experimental Astronomy 23, 809-847. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1007/s10686-008-9115-8

7.   Martins Z*, Hofmann BA, Gnos E, Greenwood RC, Verchovsky A, Franchi IA, Jull AJT, Botta O, Glavin DP, Dworkin JP, Ehrenfreund P (2007) Amino acid composition, petrology, geochemistry, 14C terrestrial age and oxygen isotopes of the Shi?r 033 CR chondrite. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 42, 1581-1595. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2007.tb00592.x

6.   Botta O, Martins Z, Ehrenfreund P (2007) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 42, 81-92. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2007.tb00219.x

5.   Ehrenfreund P, Ruiterkamp R, Peeters Z, Foing B, Salama F, Martins Z (2007) Planet. Space Sci. 55, 383-400. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2006.07.001

4.   Martins Z*, Alexander C, Orzechowska GE, Fogel ML, Ehrenfreund P (2007) Indigenous amino acids in primitive CR meteorites. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 42, 2125-2136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2007.tb01013.x

3.   Martins Z*, Watson JS, Sephton MA, Botta O, Ehrenfreund P, Gilmour I (2006) Free dicarboxylic and aromatic acids in the carbonaceous chondrites Murchison and Orgueil. Planet. Sci. 41, 1073-1080. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2006.tb00505.x

2.   Glavin DP, Dworkin JP, Aubrey A, Botta O, Doty I, Martins Z, Bada J (2006) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 41, 889-902. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2006.tb00493.x

1.   Garry JRC, ten Kate IL, Martins Z, Nørnberg P, Ehrenfreund P (2006) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 41, 391-405. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2006.tb00470.x


Books and/or Book Chapters

6. Coelho L. F., Martins Z* (2021) The Geochemistry of Icy Moons. In Encyclopedia of Geology, 1, pp. 207-216. UK: Academic Press, Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102908-4.00123-5

5. Martins Z* (2020) Detection of Organic Matter and Biosignatures in Space Missions. In Astrobiology: Current, Evolving and Emerging Perspectives, Editors: Antunes. Caister Academic Press, Pages 53-74. https://doi.org/10.21775/9781912530304.03

4. Martins Z* (2019) Organic Molecules in Meteorites and Their Astrobiological Significance. In Handbook of Astrobiology, Editor: Kolb. CRC Press. Pages: 177-194. ISBN 9781138065123 - CAT# K33392.

3. Mason N, Capova KA, Laine P, Losiak A, Martins Z, Noack L, Smith K (2018) Science and Research. In Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today, Editors: Capova, Persson, Milligan, Dunér. Springer International Publishing, Pages: 41-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96265-8

2. Martins Z* (2012) Origin of the Genetic Code and Abiotic Synthesis of Organic Compounds, In Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies, Editors: Hanslmeier, Kempe, Seckback. Dordrecht, Springer, Pages 271-289. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4966-5_16

1. Martins Z*, Sephton MA (2009) Extraterrestrial amino acids In: Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins in Organic Chemistry, Editors: Hughes. Germany, Wiley-VCH publishers, Pages: 3-42 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9783527631766.ch1