Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award

Royce W. Murray

The Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award was renamed in 2014.  Royce W. Murray, who counts among his many honors, was also the the 1988 Charles N. Reilley Awardee.  The decision to change the name of the award was based on Professor Murray’s long history of outstanding and inspiring research and, importantly, his mentoring and supporting young electroanalytical chemists. The latter included his undergraduate and graduate research students, postdoctoral associates, colleagues at the University of North Carolina, and other scholars who visited his laboratory over a career that has spanned more than 50 years.  In addition, Prof. Murray has given generously of his time to informally mentor three generations of young electrochemists who did not have a direct association with his research group. These activities have helped to ensure the vitality of the field of electrochemistry generally, and electroanalytical chemistry specifically.

Current Awardee – 2022

Colorado State University

Justin B. Sambur is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Colorado State University. Justin earned his B.S. degree in 2006 from the State University of New York (SUNY)-Binghamton and completed an honors thesis under the direction of David Doetschmann. Justin earned his PhD under the direction of Bruce Parkinson at Colorado State University (CSU) in the area of semiconductor photoelectrochemistry. In 2011, Justin traveled back to NY and joined Peng Chen’s lab at Cornell University for NSF ACC-F Postdoctoral Fellow work in the area of single molecule photoelectrochemistry. Justin returned to CSU in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and started a research program that tackles fundamental problems in electrochemical energy production and storage. Sambur’s lab advances light microscopy tools to study single battery
particle electrochemistry and single nanosheet photoelectrochemistry. The single particle-level approach simplifies interpretation of experimental data, pin-points how and why nanoscale materials function or fail, and reveals fundamental knowledge that could not be obtained with conventional measurements. His work has been recognized with the Air Force Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, and DOE Early Career Award. Justin was also named a Scialog Fellow in Advanced Energy Storage.

Award Nominations

Nominations should include a nomination letter describing the individual’s promise in the area of electroanalytical chemistry, at least one seconding letter of support, and a curriculum vitae for the nominee. All nomination materials will be retained by SEAC. Once nominated, an individual will be considered for the Murray Award without being re-nominated for three years, unless the nominee is more than ten years past awarding of their Ph.D. or other terminal degree. The retained nominations can be updated annually by the nominator as needed to best reflect the nominee’s accomplishments to date.

Nominations for the Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award will be accepted until April 1, 2022.

Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF attachment to the Award’s Committee Chair:

University of Texas at Austin

Award Sponsors

Awardee History

2021Robbyn AnandIowa State University
2020Martin EdwardsUniversity of Utah
2019Alex MartinsonArgonne National Laboratory
2018Parastoo (Parry) HashemiUniversity of South Carolina
2017Joaquín Rodríguez-LópezUniversity of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
2016Ryan WhiteUniversity of Maryland
2015Thomas HamannMichigan State University
2014Stephen MaldonadoUniversity of Michigan
2013Bo ZhangUniversity of Washington
2012Lane BakerIndiana University at Bloomington
2011Jill VentonUniversity of Virginia
2010Christy HaynesUniversity of Minnesota
2009not awardednot awarded
2008Shelley MinteerSaint Louis University
2007Mary Elizabeth WilliamsPennsylvania State University
2006Keith StevensonUniversity of Texas at Austin
2005David CliffelVanderbilt University
2004Jeffrey LongU.S. Naval Research Laboratory
2003Julie MacphersonUniversity of Warwick (UK)
2002Andy HillierUniversity of Virginia
2001Eric BakkerAuburn University
2000Merlin BrueningMichigan State University
1999Daniel FeldheimNorth Carolina State University
1998Greg SwainUtah State University
1997Ingrid FritschUniversity of Arkansas
1996Lou CouryDuke University
1995Mark AndersonVirginia Polytechnic Institute
1994Adrian MichaelUniversity of Pittsburgh
1993Leonidas BachasUniversity of Kentucky
1993Werner KuhrUniversity of California - Riverside