Professor Craig Murray

Contact Information

University of California, Irvine
Department of Chemistry
1102 Natural Sciences 2
Irvine, CA 92697-2025
Office: Rowland Hall 317B
Group web site:


Professor Murray graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1997 and remained there for his Ph.D research, supervised by Ken McKendrick.  He held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Bristol (U.K.) and then the University of Pennsylvania, working with Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing and Professor Marsha Lester.  Following the award of a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2008, he returned to the University of Bristol before taking up a lectureship at the University of Glasgow in 2011.  He joined the faculty at UC Irvine in 2013.
Professor Murray's group uses a variety of laser-based spectroscopic techniques to explore fundamental gas-phase chemical processes, with a particular interest in atmospheric chemistry.  His current research includes:

  • Velocity-map ion imaging studies of non-conventional photochemistry
  • Spectroscopy and kinetics of reactive intermediates
  • Weakly-bound complexes
Research Interests: 

Atmospheric photochemistry

Selected Publications: 

The following is a list of selected publications.  A full list is available at
Observation of triplet imidogen as a primary product of methylamine photodissociation: Evidence of roaming-mediated intersystem crossing?
James O. Thomas, Katherine E. Lower and Craig Murray
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 3 1341-1345 (2012) [10.1021/jz300408z]
Temperature dependent structured absorption spectrum of molecular chlorine
Isla A. K. Young, Craig Murray, Chris M. Blaum, R. A. (Tony) Cox, Roderic L. Jones and Francis D. Pope
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 13 15318-15325 (2011) [10.1039/c1cp21337g]
A new spectroscopic window on hydroxyl radicals using UV+VUV resonant ionization
Joseph M. Beames, Fang Liu, Marsha I. Lester and Craig Murray
Journal of Chemical Physics 134 241102-4 (2011) [10.1063/1.3608061]
Analysis of the HOOO torsional potential
Joseph M. Beames, Marsha I. Lester, Craig Murray, Mychel E. Varner and John F. Stanton
Journal of Chemical Physics 134 044304-9 (2011) [10.1063/1.3518415]
Quantum state distributions of the OH X2Π products from collisional quenching of OH A2Σ+ by O2 and CO2
Logan P. Dempsey, Timothy D. Sechler, Craig Murray and Marsha I. Lester
Journal of Physical Chemistry A 113 6851-6858 (2009) [10.1021/jp902935c]

Selected Honors and Awards: 
Royal Society University Research Fellow, 2008-2012
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2008