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Simona E. Hunyadi Murph, Adjunct Professor

Research Interests

Nanoengineered Materials: Synthesis, Design, and Applications



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Chemistry/Nanotechnology, University of South Carolina (USC)                     
Education Specialist (EdS), Educational Leadership  & Administration, Augusta University (AU)
Masters of Science (MS), Chemistry/Electrochemistry, Babes-Bolyai University (BBU), Romania
Bachelor of Science (BS), Chemistry & Physics Major, Education Minor, Babes-Bolyai University (BBU), Romania


Selected Honors and Awards

2017: "Significant Figure of the Augusta University Community", Augusta University - Alumni Magazine.
2017: "Top-Ten Ranked Paper", Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials (JOM )
2017: "Mentor", The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
2016: "Exceptional Leadership" Award, Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL)
2016: “Distinguished Alumna" and "Presidential Alumna” Awards, Augusta University (AU) - College of Education,,
2015: “Key Contributor" Award for NanoTechnology Advancements, Savannah River National Lab (SRNL)
2015: “Inspirational Woman in STEM” Recognition, U.S.  Department of Energy (DOE),
2015 & 2016: Mentor, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS),
2011: Principal Investigator of the Year”, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - NNSA Programs
2011: “Women at the Forefront of their Field of Expertise” Recognition, Savannah River National Lab (SRNL) - NNSA Programs
2010: “Spot” Award, Savannah River National Lab (SRNL).                      

Patents and Invention Disclosures   

2017: 'Targeted Release of Nanoparticle Sequestered Analytes via Plasmonic or Magnetic Field'
2017: 'Controlled Release of Hydrogen Gas from Nano Hydrides via Induced Magnetic Field’'
2016: 'Plasmonic Distillation Separation of Hydrogen Isotopes in the Liquid Phase'
2016: 'Multifunctional Nanomaterials for Efficient Plasmonic Heating and Catalytic Applications
2015: 'Innovative Use of Gamma Rays from Radioactive Decay of Waste'
2015: 'Nanomaterial (NMs) Solutions toward Zn 65 Abatement"
2015: 'Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Spectroscopic Waveguide', U. S. Patent 4/15/2015, serial # 501665408S;
2013: 'Hybrid Ion Exchange-SERS Sensors for Determining Distribution Coefficients'
2012: 'Nanocatalysts and Shape Selective Method for Production of Nanocatalysts'
2010: 'A Novel MRI Technique Designed to Interrogate Myocardial Calcium Efflux with a Surrogate  Biomarker, Mn2+, Using T1-Weighted and/or T1-Mapping Manganese-Enhanced MRI (MEMRI)"


Recent Publications

1. Hunyadi Murph, S.E.; Larsen, G.K.; Coopersmith, K. "Anisotropic and Shape-Selective Nanomaterials: Structure-Property Relationships", 2017,  Springer International Publishing, 1st ed. 2017, ISBN-13:9783319596617. ean=9783319596617&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP75606
2. Hunyadi Murph, S.E.; Larsen, G.K.; Korinko, P.; Coopersmith, K.; Summer, A.; Lewis, R. "Nanoparticle Treated Stainless Steel Filters for Metal Vapor Sequestration", JOM, 201769, 162.  "Top-Ten Ranked Paper
3. Larsen, G.; Farr, W.; Hunyadi Murph, S.E. "Multifunctional Fe2O3-Au Nanoparticles With Different Shapes: Enhanced Catalysis, Photothermal Effects, and Magnetic Recyclability", J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120, 15162.
4. Hunyadi Murph, S.E.; Larsen, G.; Lascola, R. "Multifunctional Hybrid Fe2O3-Au Nanoparticles for Efficient Plasmonic Heating", JOVE, 2016, 108, e53598.                                   
5. Kun, Y.; Basnet, P.; Sessions, H.; Larsen, G.; Hunyadi Murph, S.E.; Zhao, Y. "Fe2O3/TiO2 Core-Shell for Visible Light Photocatalysis", Catalysis Today, 2016, 270, 51.
6. Hunyadi Murph, S.E.; Murphy, C.J.; Leach, A.; Gall, K. “A Possible Oriented Attachment Growth Mechanism for Silver Nanowire Formation”, Crystal Growth and Design, 2015, 15, 1968.