Department of Chemistry
Royce Murray

Royce Murray

Kenan Professor of Chemistry
919-962-2388 (fax)
Kenan C342


Not Accepting Doctoral Students

Research Interests

Electrochemistry, Molecular Design, Sensors

Professional Background

B.S. Chemistry, Birmingham Southern College, (1957); Ph.D. Northwestern University (1960); University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (1960 to present); Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, (1969-72); Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Research Fellow, (1978); Guggenheim Fellowship, (1980-1981); Distinguished North Carolina Chemist Award of the NC Institute of Chemists, (1987); Fellow, American Institute of Chemists, (1986); The Electrochemical Society Carl Wagner Memorial Award, (1987); Charles N. Reilley Award of Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, (1988); Electrochemical Group Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, (1989); Eleventh North Carolina ACS Section Distinguished Speaker Award, (1989); ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry, (1990); ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry, (Fisher Award) (1991); Member, National Academy of Sciences, elected (1991); Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected (1992); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected (1992); Fellow, The Electrochemical Society, elected (1995); Eastern Analytical Symposium Award in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry, (1995); Breyer Medal, Electrochemistry Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, (1997); Olin Palladium Medal, The Electrochemical Society, (1997); Thomas Jefferson Award, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (2001); North Carolina Award for Science, (2001); National Associate of the National Academies, (2001); Oesper Award, (2002); Luigi Galvani Medal of the Italian Chemical Society, 2004; Centenary Lecturer of The Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K. 2005; Editor-in-Chief of the journal Analytical Chemistry, (1991-2011); Southern Chemist Award, Memphis Section of ACS, (2008); ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry, (2010); ACS Fellow, (2012)

Research Synopsis

The breadth of the research gives entry into numerous related chemical phenomena and applications, such as electrocatalysis, chemical sensors, long distance electron transfers, and polymer design and dynamics, and the need for use of a variety of related analytical methods. My student colleagues consequently have diverse learning experiences. I consider them adventuresome explorers and inventors of new forms of measurement science.

The laboratory has graduated 85 students with Ph.D. or Master's degrees and has had 62 post-doctoral colleagues pass through its benches and hoods. Murray is particularly proud that all of the laboratory's members have found good employment, in a variety of industries and government laboratories, and that 45 are or once were in the teaching profession. A notable number of undergraduate researchers have also gone on to achieve prominence in chemistry.

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