IBM's Chris Murray Joins Department of Chemistry

Christopher B. Murray from the IBM research division has been named a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He will hold appointments in chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences and in materials science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.



Dr. Murray will hold the Richard Perry University Professorship, named in recognition of a gift from Richard Perry, a Penn trustee and founder of the investment management firm Perry Capital.

At IBM since 1995, Dr. Murray is manager of the Nanoscale Materials and Devices Department and researches the synthesis characterization and integration of nanostructured materials with an emphasis on the exploration of finite size effects in nanoscale magnets and semiconductors.

Murray is a Master Inventor and patent evaluator at IBM. He received his B.Sci. degree in 1989 from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before pursuing graduate studies in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he developed methods for the synthesis and characterization of semiconductor nanocrystals and nanocrystal superlattices, earning a Ph.D. in 1995. His work on semiconductor nanocrystals was honored with the American Chemical Society's 1997 Nobel Laureate Signature Award.

The Technology Review recognized Murray's innovation in the development of nanocrystalline materials with his selection in 2000 as one of the most influential innovators younger than 35.

PIK is a University-wide initiative, launched in 2005 by Penn President Amy Gutmann, to recruit exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines.



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