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We fabricate colloidal inorganic nanomaterials of controlled shape and size. We surface-engineer our nanoparticles for chemical sensing, biological imaging, and control of cell behavior. We are keenly interested in the plasmonic properties of gold nanoparticles, environmental implications of nanotechnology, and sustainability.

The Murphy Group, Summer 2018

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Summer 2018



Congratulations to Matthew Gole, winner of a W. Brown Fellowship; Jacob Turner, winner of a University Block Fellowship; and Sean Meyer, winner of a Marvel Fellowship!

The Murphy Group welcomes Nikhil Jana for the summer!

The Murphy Group welcomes summer REU students: Caitlin Coplan, Michaela Short, and Anaeli Shockey.

The Murphy Group welcomes Tapan Sau for the summer!

Congratulations to Joshua Hinman, who defended his Ph.D. thesis on April 3, 2018!

Congratulations to Jordan Dennison, who defended her Ph.D. thesis on March 26, 2018!

Congratulations to Josh Hinman, Student Researcher of the Week in the Beckman's Nano group!

The Murphy Group welcomes two new graduate students, Sean Meyer and Yishu Zhang!

The Murphy Group welcomes two new undergraduate researchers, Claire and Namya, to the group.

The Murphy Group says farewell and best wishes to technician Alex Senak, long-time undergraduate Andy Stork, and welcomes undergraduates Danielle Krongauz and Benjamin Ide!

Congratulations to Wayne Lin, who defended his Ph.D. thesis on May 25, 2017!

Best wishes to our graduating and departing undergraduates: Pimpisa Pechvjitra, Erik Grape, Catherine Montiel and Samantha Heiberger!

Cathy and Josh attend the ACS meeting in San Francisco and give a total of three well-received presentations. Cathy and Prashant Jain run their "Plasmonic Nanomaterials; From Fundamental Physical Chemistry to Societal Impact" symposium at the ACS meeting on Wednesday and Thursday. Cathy and Josh catch up with Murphy Group alum Elissa Grzincic and her husband and Jain alum Jeremy Smith, who live and work in the Bay Area now. Phew!

Congratulations to Josh Hinman, who has won a Graduate College Conference Travel Award! This award will help support Josh's trip to the ACS meeting in San Francisco.

The Murphy Group welcomes two new graduate students, Jacob Turner and Matthew Gole!

We bid a fond farewell to Dr. Nathan Burrows, now off to Penn State!

Well, that was fast. We say Hello and Goodbye to our summer REU students Christian Franco (nanoREU) and Nicole Moehring (CSN REU). You two were awesome!

Cathy chairs the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Noble Metal Nanoparticles, gives the introductory lecture at the Faraday Discussion on Nanoparticles with Morphological and Functional Anisotropy, and delivers a keynote lecture at Nano Korea 2016.

Congratulations to Jordan Dennison, who received the Graduate College Travel Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Nardine Abadeer, who defended her Ph.D. on April 26, 2016!

Congratulations to Ji (Ricky) Li, M.S. in chemistry!

Congratulations to our graduating undergraduates Andrei Andreev, Zoe Frankowicz, and Junheng Li!

Congratulations to Dr. Ariane Vartanian and Dr. Elissa Grzincic!! Two successful Ph.D. defenses in one day!

We welcome our new participant-observers: Donna Carnow (Dance), Ester Cho (Architecture), Peggy Flavin (Environmental Design) and Reika McNish (Dance).

Cathy gives 3 talks at Pacifichem 2015 in Hawaii

The Murphy Group welcomes first-year students Daniel Hofmann, Meng Wu, and Xi (Cassie) Zhang!

Summer is ending. That means we say "farewell" to our undergraduate researchers (thanks!) and "get ready" for the ACS meeting in Boston!

The Murphy Group welcomes REU students Jennifer Lott and Jonathan Dwyer, and returning visiting scholar Priscila Falagan Lotsch!

Congratulations to Cathy on her election into the National Academy of Sciences!

Congratulations to Jonathan Eller, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis to become Dr. Jonathan Eller!

The Murphy Group welcomes Peng Gu, a visiting student from the University of Strathclyde!

Cathy gives three talks at the ACS national meeting in Denver on behalf of the group. While there, she celebrates Jackie Barton winning the Priestley Medal!

The Murphy group would like to share an automated rod sizing program (developed by our undergraduate researcher Andrew Ritchhart) for the efficient analysis of TEM images containing nanorods. This program can be found in the "Publications" section of our website.

Cathy has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry!

We bid a fond farewell to Ji Eun Park, who graduated in Dec. 2014.

Cathy, Nathan, Elissa, Nardine, Jonathan and Ariane give amazing (if we do say so ourselves) talks at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco!

The Murphy Group welcomes back Prof. Alaaldin Alkliany of the University of Jordan!

Congratulations to Elissa! She has won the Drickamer Fellowship!

Congratulations to Wayne! He has won the Ullyot Fellowship!

Congratulations, Dr. Jingyu Huang, who successfully defended her Ph.D.!

Cathy and the Murphy Group are on the "Highly Cited Researchers 2014" list by Thomson Reuters, both for chemistry and for materials science!
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The Murphy Group welcomes undergraduate researchers Samantha Harvey, Fred Idesis, Nelliza Medero, Jennifer Ortiz, and Andrew Wang!

The Murphy group extends congratulations to Jingyu for walking in the PhD ceremony, Bethany for receiving her masters degree, and undergrads Ji Eun and Naima for receiving their bachelors degree.

Cathy, Wayne and Jingyu give talks at the ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX.

The Murphy Group bids a fond farewell to Priscila Lotsch, who heads back to warm and sunny Brazil!

The Murphy Group welcomes our new undergraduate non-science participant observers: Delia Chang, Athanasia Giannatis, and Travis Norville.

The Murphy Group congratulations Jie An Yang, who defended his Ph.D. on October 29, 2013, and is off to Singapore for his job with Mitsui & Co.!

The Murphy Group welcomes Dr. Priscila Falagan Lotsch, who is visiting from Brazil's, Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia-INMETRO.

The Murphy Group welcomes first-year graduate students Jordan Dennison and Joshua Hinman!

Sam, Nathan, Jonathan, Elissa and Cathy present at the ACS meeting in Indianapolis. Elissa gets to go on the race track and Jonathan wins a Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division poster award!

Nardine Abadeer wins an NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Award to work in Sweden, and is highlighted on the UIUC Chancellor's blog! Congratulations! Read More...

Congratulations, Stefano Boulos! He successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on July 29, 2013!

Cathy writes her very first blog post about our Lycurgus Cup trip.

The Murphy Group welcomes Visiting Scholar Prof. Jianjun Li, from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.

The Murphy group takes a field trip to Chicago to see the Lycurgus Cup!

The Murphy group welcomes our REU students Hillary Mitchell and Beth Dewing.

Congratulations, Timothy Yang, B.S. 2013!

Congratulations, Sway Wu, who just received her B.S. degree, May 2013!

Congratulations, Sean Sivapalan, who was just hooded in the Ph. D. Engineering ceremony, May 2013!

Congratulations, Stefano Boulos, who was just hooded in the Ph.D. Chemistry ceremony, May 2013!

Jie An's paper about nano-vacuuming is highlighted at

Cathy wins the 2013 Carol Tyler Award from the International Precious Metals Institute!

The Murphy Group is part of Centers for Chemical Innovation Sustainable Nanotechnology Initiative.

Jie An Yang has won the 2013 Dissertation Award in Materials Chemistry! Congratulations!

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