Assistant Professor - Materials and Organic Chemistry
Educational & Professional Experience
- B.S. Plastics Engineering Techonology and B.A. Chemistry, Western Washington University, 2001.
- Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2006.
- NIH Teaching Education and Critical Research Skills Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University, 2006-2007.
- NIH Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University, 2007-2009.
Our research group is broadly interested in tailoring the molecular structure of conjugated organic polymers in order to control the fundamental properties of the bulk materials. Our polymers are designed, synthesized and tested for use in applications ranging from biomaterials to organic electronics. Conjugated polymers are of great interest as they are able to conduct electricity through their extended pi-system but are softer and more flexible than metals or other inorganic semiconductors such as silicon. Therefore, conducting polymers can offer distinct advantages when used in biological stimulation applications, as their mechanical properties can be tuned to match that of biological tissues leading to better integration and lower levels of tissue trauma. Likewise, replacing traditional materials with conducting polymers has led to the development of flexible and lightweight electronic displays and photovoltaic devices that would have otherwise been impossible to create.
*WWU undergraduate co-authors, #WWU M.S. co-author, ‡NSF-REU undergraduate co-authors
*Atterberry, Paige N.; *Roark, Travis J.; #Severt, Sean Y.; *Schiller, Morgan L.; Antos, John M.; Murphy, A.R. “Sustained Delivery of the Chemokine CXCL12 from Chemically Modified Silk Hydrogels.” Biomacromolecules, 2015, 16 (5), 1582–1589.
*Albin, Tyler J.; ‡*Fry, Melany M.; Murphy, A.R. “Synthesis, Characterization and Secondary Structure Determination of a Silk-Inspired Self-Assembling Peptide: A Laboratory Exercise for Organic and Biochemistry Courses.” J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91 (11), 1981–1984.
#Romero, I.; *‡Bradshaw, N.; *Larson, J.; *Severt, S.; *Schurr, M.; ‡Roberts, S.; Leger, J.M.; Murphy, A.R. "Biocompatible Electromechanical Actuators Composed of Silk-Conducting Polymer Composites." Adv. Funct. Mater. 2014, 24 (25), 3866–3873.
Murphy, A.R.; #Romero, I.S. “Biochemical and biophysical properties of native Bombyx mori silk for tissue engineering applications,” Chapter in: Silk biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Ed. S.C Kundu, Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2014 (ISBN: 9780857096999).
#Romero, I.; *Schurr, M.; *Kotlik, M.; *Lally, J.; Murphy, A.R. "Enhancing the Interface in Silk-Polypyrrole Composites Through Chemical Modification of Silk Fibroin." ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2013, 5 (3), 553-564.