Christopher B. Murray is the Richard Perry University Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science. With appointments in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Arts & Sciences, Murray works at the intersection of chemistry, materials science, electrical, and chemical engineering.
As a globally influential creator of new materials at the nanoscale, Christopher Murray explores novel ways to improve energy and environmental sustainability, information processing, and human health. He works across scientific boundaries to develop new chemical methods to create building blocks at the 1- to 100-nanometer scale for materials to address these challenges.
Murray holds 26 current and four pending patents for inventions at the nanoscale, a domain 100,000 times smaller than the width of a sheet of paper where unusual strength, conductivity, elasticity, bio-compatibility and optical capabilities emerge. He uses Penn’s new Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology as a crucible for discovery, commercialization and education across academic disciplines, and maintains research partnerships with information technology, aerospace, specialty chemicals, and life sciences companies.
An elected fellow of the Materials Resource Society, Murray was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Utrecht for his contributions to materials for sustainable energy, and chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Councils on Nanotechnology and Emerging Technologies. His methods to create semiconductor nanocrystals have been cited more than 5,000 times, and have been embedded in energy-efficient TV and cell phone screens, experimental solar cells and medical imaging agents. Murray’s research is published in Nature, Nature Materials, Science, Nature Chemsity, Nature Nanotechnology and Journal of the American Chemical Society. He serves on journal editorial boards for Nano Today and Chemistry of Materials and, prior to joining Penn in 2007, was a manager at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Division where he was designated a “master inventor.”
Murray teaches freshman honors chemistry and a graduate-level course in materials design for energy and environmental sustainability. He is driven by his vision to inspire and prepare emerging scientific leaders to create non-toxic nanomaterials from abundantly available natural resources to help future generations cope with scarcity.
- Inorganic Materials
- Nanostructured Materials
- Materials Chemisty
- Nanotubes and Nanowires
- Electron Miscroscopy
- Electronic and Optical Properties
- X-Ray and Neutron Scattering
ACADEMIC WRITINGS (SELECTED)
FEATURED MEDIA (SELECTED)
"Nanotechnology Advance in Making,'Programmable Matter,' Using Nanocrystals," Nanowerk, July 29, 2013
"Researchers Help Show New Way to Study and Improve Catalytic Reactions," Phys.Org, July 18, 2013
"Nanoparticle Molecular Probes Drastically Reduce Cost of Powerful Microscopy Technique," Nanowerk, April 21, 2013
"Christopher Murray Named a 2012 MRS Fellow," Penn Engineering, February 2012
"Nanoscience: Reprogramming Matter for Health, Energy, and Information Technologies," Engaging Minds Alumni Speaker Series, University of Pennsylvania, March 25, 2010