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Dr Adrian Murdock

Research Scientist


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Adrian Murdock received a BSc in Nanotechnology with First Class Honours from Curtin University in 2007 studying as a John Curtin Undergraduate Scholar, where he was the recipient of the Nanotechnology Prize (‘04, ‘05, ’06, ’07), the Faculty of Science Dean's Prize (’04), and also appointed on the Vice-Chancellor’s List (‘04, ‘05, ’07). In 2008 he worked as a research assistant at the Nanochemistry Research Institute (with Professor Mark Ogden and Dr Thomas Becker).

In 2009 Adrian was awarded a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship and a Clarendon Research Grant to undertake a DPhil (PhD) in Materials at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Nicole Grobert. His DPhil research focused on chemical vapour deposition growth of large area graphene on metals. A key discovery was identifying the influence of the crystallographic orientation of copper substrates on the alignment and orientation of graphene domains, which was filed for UK and international patents.

Adrian was selected as one of 14 young ERC researchers to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Chemistry in Germany in 2013. He was also selected to join the Summer Internship Program at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in South Korea to investigate the synthesis of 2D transition metal chalcogenides including WS2 and MoS2 (supervised by Dr Seongjun Park in the Graphene Device Group).

In 2014 Adrian worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate following a successful grant from the Korean Institute of Energy Research International Cooperation Project with University of Oxford on Modified 2D materials for energy storage applications. His research focussed on chemical modification of reduced graphene oxide, and solution processing of carbon nanotube and carbon nanosphere composites. During this time he also developed skills in atomic-resolution scanning TEM of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides.

In 2015 Adrian was awarded an OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship at CSIRO Manufacturing in Lindfield, Sydney. Adrian was a member of the Graph Air team in the inaugural CSIRO ON Accelerator Program, and the Water Technology for the Future team for the A.I.M. FSP. Adrian’s post-doctoral research focused on plasma-assisted production of vertical graphene nanosheets and solution processing for use in printable inks, energy storage devices, and polymer nanocomposites.

In 2017 Adrian was one of 450 scientists to attend the Commonwealth Science Conference in Singapore under an Early Career Researcher award from the Royal Society. Following the conference Adrian was awarded a Commonwealth Science Collaboration Travel Grant by the Royal Society to start a new research project with the Royal Military College of Canada.

From 2018 to 2020 Adrian was an Executive Member of the Australian Academy of Science's Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Forum.

In 2019 Adrian became a Research Scientist with the aim of developing graphene membrane technology towards real-world commercial applications. Adrian is a co-inventor of CSIRO's patented graphene water membranes (GraphAir).

In 2020 Adrian was awarded the CSIRO John Philip Award for Excellence in Young Scientists for "outstanding research to scale-up graphene films, advancing the GraphAir technology towards commercialisation as a water purification membrane, and through exceptional science communication achieving wide exposure for CSIRO".

Adrian has over 10 years’ experience in teaching, tutoring, science communication and science demonstrations. He was an associate lecturer and unit coordinator for undergraduate physics at Curtin University; the director of the Curtin University Siemens Science Experience; a school liaison officer within physics, chemistry, and materials science departments; a tutor in materials science for St Anne's college at the University of Oxford; a guest presenter for BBC radio Oxford; a presenter for Pint of Science; and a materials science undergraduate admissions interviewer for St Edmund Hall at the University of Oxford.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2020

    John Philip Award for Excellence in Young Scientists

  • 2018-2018

    Commonwealth Science Collaboration Travel Grant
    The Royal Society

  • 2017-2017

    Award to attend the Commonwealth Science Conference 2017, Singapore
    The Royal Society

  • 2013-2013

    Summer Internship
    Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology

  • 2013-2013

    Scholarship to attend 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Chemistry
    European Research Council

  • 2012-2012

    Travel Bursary
    Worshipful Company of Founders

  • 2009-2009

    Travel Grant
    St Edmund Hall

  • 2009-2013

    Clarendon Research Grant
    University of Oxford

  • 2009-2013

    Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship
    University of Oxford

  • 2009-2013

    Student Travel Bursary
    20th Australian Conference on Microscopy and Microanalysis

  • 2004-2007

    Vice Chancellor's List
    Curtin University

  • 2004-2007

    Nanotechnology Prize
    Curtin University

  • 2004-2007

    Faculty of Science Dean's Prize
    Curtin University

  • 2004-2007

    John Curtin Undergraduate Scholar
    Curtin University

Current Roles

  • Research Scientist
    Advancing graphene research, including the scale up of GraphAir water purification membranes towards commercialisation

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014

    DPhil in Materials
    University of Oxford

  • 2007

    BSc(Hons) in Nanotechnology
    Curtin University

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-2018

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2014-2015

    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    University of Oxford


  • 2019-2021

    Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) Experimental Development Program, Scaled development of graphene membranes and development of a demonstration laboratory purification device for commercial trials, $2M

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2021-2022

    Health & Safety Representative, Lindfield

  • 2018-2020

    Australian Academy of Science Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Forum

  • 2016-2021

    Fire Warden, Lindfield


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