MSE Seminar - Professor Catherine Murphy - University of Illinois

MSE Seminar
Event Date:
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Boggs B6

Professor Catherine Murphy

Title: Interfacial Chemistry at Nanoparticle Surfaces

Affiliation: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

When: October 13, 2014 @ 4:00PM (Refreshments in Lobby @ 3:30pm)

Where: BOGGS B6

 Abstract: The promise of nanotechnology encompasses the energy, health care, defense, and chemical manufacturing sectors of the global economy.  Gold nanorods are a class of nanomaterials that have tunable optical properties depending on particle shape, and these optical properties are key to sensor and imaging technology that directly impact these sectors of the global economy.  In this talk I will detail how these nanomaterials are made and characterized; how the surface chemistry can be tuned to manipulate nanomaterial properties; what methods are emerging to measure molecular display on nanoparticle surfaces; and how the nature of the nanomaterial surface influences system response at different length scales.

Biography: Catherine J. Murphy is the Peter C. and Gretchen Miller Markunas Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  She earned B.S. degrees in both chemistry and biochemistry from UIUC in 1986, and earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1990.  After postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, she joined the chemistry faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1993.  Professor Murphy and her research group have won numerous awards over the years (NSF CAREER Award, Cottrell Scholar of the Research Corporation, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, AAAS Fellow, ACS Fellow, ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry's Inorganic Nanoscience Award). In 2009 she moved back to Illinois to assume her present position. She is also the Associate Director of the UIUC Materials Research Laboratory, and is the Deputy Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

 Host: Dong Qin

Reception at 3:30 preceeding seminar outside Boggs B6