Catherine Jones Murphy, PhD

Larry R. Faulkner Edowed Chair in Chemistry @ University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Professor Murphy received two B.S. degrees, one in chemistry and one in biochemistry, from the University of Illinois in 1986. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. From 1990-1993, she was first an NSF and then an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. From 1993-2009 Professor Murphy was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. In August 2009 she joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois.

Our research is at the interface of materials chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biophysical chemistry and nanotechnology. Our primary goal is to develop inorganic nanomaterials for biological and energy-related applications, and understand the chemical interactions of these nanomaterials with their surroundings. A diverse range of projects are currently pursued in the group:

Inorganic Nanoparticle Fabrication and Functionalization.
Cellular Imaging, Chemical Sensing, and Photothermal Therapy Using Gold Nanorods.
Environmental Implications of Nanoparticles.

Research Interests
synthesis, properties, chemical sensing, biological applications and environmental implications of colloidal inorganic nanomaterials