The Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) supports multidisciplinary science and engineering team research in areas of critical concern to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Air Force. The goal of the MURI program is to advance defense research, accelerate technology transition, and educate scientists and engineers in interdisciplinary areas important to national defense.

The MURI for Electrochemical Imaging and Mechanistic Studies on the Nanometer Scale is supervised by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and is under the leadership of Professor Richard P. Van Duyne.  The team currently includes researchers from Northwestern University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Utah, Temple University and the University of Washington.

The scientific grand challenge of this MURI is to develop electrochemical analytical capabilities at the nanoscale with single molecule sensitivity. The resulting tools will enable electrochemical imaging and mechanistic studies that will provide a far more detailed understanding of the fundamentals of heterogeneous electron transfer processes than currently available. These processes are of great significance for many energy conversion and storage problems.

Image taken from Wilson et al. Nano Lett., 2015, 15 (9), pp 6110–6115


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