Adrian T Murdock

Dr Adrian T. Murdock

KIER Post-doctoral Research Fellow

BSc (Nanotechnology)(Hons) Curtin University
DPhil University of Oxford

Short biography

Adrian received a Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology with First Class Honours from Curtin University, Australia, studying as a John Curtin Undergraduate Scholar. Adrian’s honours dissertation (supervised by Professor Mark Ogden and Dr Thomas Becker) focused on high-resolution Atomic Force Microscopy characterisation of metal-organic framework crystals. From 2008 - 2009 he worked as a research assistant at the Nanochemistry Research Institute, investigating oil-water emulsions in degassed systems.

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. His DPhil research (supervised by Professor Nicole Grobert) focused on chemical vapour deposition (CVD) growth of large area graphene on metals. This multifaceted project included designing and building a customised low-pressure CVD (LPCVD) system, conducting systematic parameter investigations into the influence of synthesis conditions on the growth of LPCVD and atmospheric-pressure CVD graphene on various metals, and synthesis and microscopy of large-area heteroatom-doped graphene including nitrogen and boron-doped graphene. A key finding during the research was identifying the influence of the crystallographic orientation of the copper substrates on the alignment and orientation of graphene domains, which was filed for UK and international patents.

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

In 2014 Adrian completed his DPhil, and subsequently started work as a postdoctoral researcher.

Research summary

Dr Adrian T. Murdock’s broad research interests include nanoscience, two-dimensional nanomaterials, inorganic nanomaterials, graphene and the associated characterisation and microscopy of these materials.

Adrian is currently a named co-investigator collaborating with Dr Sun-Hwa Yeon from the Korean Institute of Energy Research (KIER). His current research is into the production and characterisation of two dimensional nanomaterials for energy storage applications including supercapacitors and batteries. Primary investigations are into the chemical modification of reduced graphene oxide powders, production of graphene/carbon nanotube buckypaper composites, and synthesis of novel high-surface-area carbon nanomaterials. He is also investigating the atomic structure and bonding of a variety of 2D nanomaterials including transition metal dichalcogenides by high resolution TEM and STEM.

Teaching and Science Communication

Adrian enjoys teaching and has previously worked as a university lecturer (2nd Year Radiation and Nuclear Physics, Curtin University, 2008 - 2009). Since 2012 Adrian has tutored the 2nd year Microstructural Characterisation classes for St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford. Adrian is passionate about science communication and outreach, and was the Director of the Curtin University Siemens Science Experience in 2009. He is currently a School Liaison Officer within the Department of Materials, and often participates in science festivals, open days, lab tours and gives lectures to prospective students.

Past Times

Adrian enjoys long-distance running (roads, trails, ultramarathons), playing squash and field hockey, and travelling.


• V. Babenko, A.T. Murdock, A.A. Koos, J. Britton, A. Crossley, P. Holdway, J. Moffat, J. Huang, J.A. Alexander-Webber, R.J. Nicholas, N. Grobert, Nature Communications, (2015), 6, 7536
• J. Britton, N.E.A. Cousens, S.W. Coles, C.D. van Engers, V. Babenko, A.T. Murdock, A.A. Koos, S. Perkin, N. Grobert, A graphene surface force balance, Langmuir, (2014), 30, 11485
• A.A. Koos, A.T. Murdock, P. Nemes-Incze, R.J. Nicholls, A.J. Pollard, S.J. Spencer, A.G. Shard, D. Roy, L.P. Biro, N. Grobert, Effect of temperature and ammonia flow rate on the chemical vapour deposition growth of nitrogen-doped graphene, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (2014), 16, 19446 • A.T. Murdock, A.A. Koos, T.B. Britton, L. Houben, T. Batten, T. Zhang, A.J. Wilkinson, R. Dunin-Borkowski, C.E. Lekka, N. Grobert, Controlling the orientation, edge geometry and thickness of CVD graphene, ACS Nano, (2013), 7, 1351
• R.J. Nicholls, A.T. Murdock, J. Tsang, J. Britton, T. Pennycook, A.A. Koos, P.D. Nellist, N. Grobert, J.R. Yates, Probing the bonding in nitrogen-doped graphene using electron energy loss spectroscopy, ACS Nano, (2013), 7, 7145
• K. Kertesz, A.A. Koos, A.T. Murdock, Z. Vertesy, P. Nemes-Incze, P.J. Szabo, Z.E. Horvath, L. Tapaszto, N. Grobert, L.P. Biro, Polarized light microscopy of chemical vapour deposition grown graphene on copper, Appl. Phys. Lett., (2012), 100, 213103


• A.T. Murdock, A.A. Koos, N. Grobert, C.E. Lekka, Process: Structural control of 2D nanomaterials produced by CVD on dedicated substrates, UK and US patent application filed March 2013, see Graphene Manufacture Technique: Isis Project No 8727 for further information.