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Senior Research Scientist
Group leader, Thin Film Technologies
Professor- Graduate Materials Engineering


Dr. Murray has over twenty-five years of experience in laser processing of materials.  He is one of the original pioneers of the thin film deposition technique of pulsed laser deposition and has been responsible for the synthesis and characterization of a wide variety of materials by this technique.  This includes semiconductors, high temperature superconductors, as well as materials with tribological applications.
Dr. Murray has served as Guest Scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Evaluation and the Fraunhofer Institute for Beams and Materials in Dresden, Germany and at the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy in Berlin. He was a National Research Council Summer Faculty Fellow in the Propulsion Directorate and in Space Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has two patents related to laser-material processing.

More recently Dr. Murray has developed a laser-based technique for the synthesis of nanomaterials.  This technique, denoted Through Thin Film Ablation (TTFA), was developed in collaboration with workers at Mound Laser and Photonics Center. TTFA has proved to be an excellent method of synthesizing non-agglomerated nanoparticles which have been used in fuel cells, for biotronics, for electrochemical nano-sensors, and to catalyze the growth of single walled carbon nanotubes.  This work has been funded by the US Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, and the Air Force Research laboratory.

Dr. Murray holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Graduate Materials Engineering program.

R.A. Welch Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Houston
Ph.D., Chemical Physics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
B.S., Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


Selected Publications:
1. S. Houston, G.J. Brown, T. Murray, S. Fairchild, K. Eyink, A. Smetana, “Growth and Characterization of Carbon Nanopearls on a Si Substrate by a CVD process J. Electron. Mater. (DOI 10.1007/s11664-009-0713-7).

2. Placidus B. Amama, Cary Pint, Laura McJilton, Seung Min Kim, Eric A. Stach, P. Terry Murray, Robert H. Hauge, Benji Maruyama, “The Role of Water in Super Growth of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Carpets”, Nano Lett., 2009, 9 (1), pp 44–49.

3. P.T. Murray and E. Shin, “Formation of silver nanoparticles by through thin film ablation”, Mater. Lett. 62, 4336–4338 (2008).

4. J.Y. L. Qu, Y. Zhao, Q. Zhang L. Dai, J.W. Baur, B. Maruyama, R.A. Vaia, E. Shin, P. T. Murray, H. Luo, and Z.-X.Guo, “Multicomponent and Multidimensional Carbon Nanotube Micropatterns by Dry Contact Transfer”, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnol., 7 (4-5), 1573-1580 (2007).

5. P.T. Murray, B. Koehler, J. Kaspar, J. Schreiber, and S. Lipfert, “Synthesis and Passivation of Nanoparticles by Pulsed Laser Ablation”, SPIE Proc 6175, 61750D-1(2006).

6. J. Schreiber, B. Köhler, P.T. Murray, and E. Shin, “High-Spatially Resolved Nondestructive Characterization of Nanoparticles”, SPIE Proc, 6175, 61750C-1 (2006).

7. P.T. Murray and L. Grazulis, “Dynamics of Si Nanoparticle Formation”, MRS Proceedings (Spring 2005).

8. P. Barnes, P.T. Murray, T. Haugan, R. Rogow, and G. P. Perram, “Nanoparticle Formation from YBa2Cu3O7-x for Potential Flux Pinning Mechanism”, Physica C 377 (4), 578(2002). 

9. P.T. Murray,  K.D. Leedy, E. Schumaker, S. Sathish, L.Shen, and M. J. O’Keefe,  “Synthesis and Characterization of Copper Nanoparticles”,  in Cluster and Nanostructure Interfaces , World Scientific Publishing, P.Jena, ed. (1999).

10. E. Schumaker, S. Sathish, L.Shen, and P.T. Murray, “Characterization of Copper Nanoparticles by Ultrasonic Force Microscopy, MRS Proc. (1999).

11. P.T. Murray and M.Y. Chen “Formation of C3N4 Clusters by Laser Ablation of Nitrided Graphite”, Surface Review and Letters 3, 197 (1996).

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