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Christopher Muratore

Associate Professor; Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering


Email: Christopher Muratore
Phone: 937-229-1516
Kettering Laboratories Room 507A
Website: Visit Site


Christopher Muratore received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2002. He was an American Society for Engineering Education Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Plasma Physics Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where he developed novel plasma processing techniques to manipulate properties of diverse engineering surfaces. He joined the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in 2004 to develop smart thin film nanocomposite materials demonstrating temperature-adaptive mechanical properties and integrated health monitoring. He also led numerous studies on heat transfer at nanoscale surfaces and interfaces. He joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Dayton in December 2012 and is now the Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair Professor. He is currently engaged in the development of novel approaches for large-scale synthesis of ultra-thin layered atomic structures for flexible electronic devices and molecular sensors.

Selected Publications

  • Kim, R., Leem, J., Muratore, C., Nam, S. W., Rao, R., Durstock, M., McConney, M., Voevodin, A., & Glavin, N. (2018, November). Photonic crystallization of stretchable, two-dimensional MoS2 photodetectors. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
  • Muratore, C., Juhl, A. T., Stroud, A. J., Wenbi Lai, D., Jawaid, A. M., Burzynski, K. M., Dagher, J. M., Leuty, G. M., Harsch, C., Kim, S. S., Ngo, Y.H., Glavin, N. R., Berry, R. J., Durstock, M. F., Derosa, P. A., Roy, A. K., Heckman, E. M., & Naik, R. R. (2018). Printed biomolecular templates for 2D material patterning. Applied Physics Letters, 112, 233704. 
  • Vilá, R. A., Rao, R., Muratore, C., Bianco, E., Robinson, J. A., & Maruyama, B. (2017). In situ crystallization kinetics of two-dimensional MoS2 2D. Materials, 5, 011009.
  • McConney, M. E.,  Muratore, C., Jespersen, M. J., Shelton, T. E., Stevenson, R. E., & Voevodin, A. A. (2016). Low temperature growth of MoS2 on stretchable substrates enabled through laser annealing. Journal of Materials Research, 31, 967-974.
  • Glavin, N., Muratore, C., Jespersen, M., Hu, J. J., Hagerty, P., Hilton, A., Blake, A., Grabowski, C., Durstock, M., McConney, M., Hilgefort, D., Fisher, T., & Voevodin, A. (2016). Amorphous boron nitride:  a universal, ultra-thin dielectric for two-dimensional material systems. Advanced Functional Materials, 26, 2640-2647.
  • Alam, M. T., Pulvarthy, R. A., Muratore, C., & Haque, M. A. (2015). Mechanical strain dependence of thermal transport in amorphous silicon thin films. Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, 19, 1-16.
  • Voevodin, A. A., Aouadi, S. M., & Muratore, C. (2014). Hard coatings with adaptive high temperature lubrication: Review of recent progress. Surface and Coatings Technology, 257, 247–265. (Invited Review) 
  • Muratore, C., Hu, J. J., Wang, B., Haque, M. A., Bultman, J. E., Jespersen, M. L., Shamberger, P. J., McConney, M. E., & Voevodin, A. A. (2014). Continuous ultra-thin MoS2 films grown by low-temperature physical vapor deposition. Applied Physics Letters, 104, 261604. 
  • Muratore, C., Varshney, V., Gengler, J. J. Hu, J. J., Roy, A. K., Farmer, B. L., & Voevodin, A. A. (2014). Thermal anisotropy in nano-crystalline MoS2 thin films. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16, 1008-1014.
  • Bright, T. J., Watjen, J. I., Koukis, D. I., Tanner, D. B., Muratore, C., Voevodin, A. A., Arenas, D. J., & Zhang, Z. M. (2013). Optical and far-infrared properties of amorphous and nanocrystalline Ta2O5 thin films. Journal of Applied Physics, 114, 083515-1-10.
  • Ganguli, S., Reed, A. N., Jayasinghe, C., Sprengard, J., Roy, A. K., Voevodin, A. A., & Muratore, C. (2013). Improved thermal and electrical transport in nanotube yarns induced by inter-tube metallic bonding. Carbon, 59, 479-486.
  • Shenogin, S. V., Gengler, J. G., Voevodin, A. A., Roy, A. K., & Muratore, C. (2013). Molecular dynamics studies of thermal boundary resistance in carbon -metal interfaces. Scripta Mat., 69, 100-103.
  • Muratore, C., Varshney, V., Gengler, J. J., Bultman, J. W., Hu, J. J., Smith, T. M., Shamberger, P. J., Qiu, B., Ruan., X., Roy, A. K., & Voevodin, A. A. (2013). Cross-plane thermal properties of transition metal dichalcogenides. Applied Physics Letters, 102, 081604.
  • Muratore, C., Reed, A. N., Bultman, J. E., Cola, B. A., & Voevodin, A. A. (2013). Nanoparticle decoration of carbon nanotubes by sputtering. Carbon, 57, 274-281.
  • Watjen, J. I., Bright, T. J., Zhang, Z. M., Muratore, C., & Voevodin, A. A. (2013). Spectral radiative properties of tungsten thin films in the infrared. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 61, 106–113.
  • Gengler, J. G., Shenogin, S. V., Voevodin, A. A., Roy, A. K., & Muratore, C. (2012). Limited thermal conductance of metal-carbon interfaces. Journal of Applied Physics, 112, 094904. 
  • Alam, M. T., Manoharan, M. P., Haque, M. A., Muratore, C., & Voevodin, A. A. (2012). Influence of strain on thermal conductivity of silicon nitride thin films. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 22, 045001.
  • Muratore, C., Bultman, J. E., Aouadi, S. M., & Voevodin, A. A. (2011). In situ Raman spectroscopy for examination of high temperature tribological processes. Wear, 270, 140-145.
  • Rebelo de Figueiredo, M., Muratore, C., Franz, R., Chromik, R. R., Wahl, K. J., Voevodin, A. A., O’Sullivan, M. Lechthaler, M., & Mitterer, C. (2010). In situ studies of TiC1-xNx hard coating tribology. Tribology Letters, 40, 365-373.
  • Varshney V., Patnaik, S. S., Muratore, C., Roy, A. K., Voevodin, A. A., & Farmer, B. L. (2010). MD simulations of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2): Force field parameterization and thermal transport behavior. Computational Materials Science, 48, 101-108. 
  • Muratore C., & Voevodin, A. A. (2009). Chameleon coatings: Adaptive surfaces to reduce friction and wear in extreme environments. Annual Reviews of Materials Research, 39, 297-324. (Invited Review)

Selected Patents

  • Electron Beam Enhanced Nitriding System, U.S. Patent U.S. 20110308461 A1
  • Large Area Metallization Pretreatment and Surface Activation System, U.S. Patent H2,209
  • Electron Beam Enhanced Large Area Deposition, U.S. Patent, U.S. 20090314633 A1
  • Crystalline transition metal dichalcogenide films and methods of making same, US Patent Application
    number 15962445

Courses Taught

  • MAT 595 – Synthesis and Characterization of Two-Dimensional Materials
  • CME 211 - Introduction To Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers
  • MAT/MEE 501 – Principles of Materials I
  • MAT/MEE 502 - Principles Of Materials II
  • EGR 202 - Engineering Thermodynamics


  • Ph.D., Materials Science, Colorado School of Mines
  • B.S., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Professional Activities

  • ICMCTF Program Chair 2019
  • Executive Board, AVS Advanced Surface Engineering Division
  • Executive Board, Ohio Chapter American Vacuum Society
  • Guest Editor, Surface and Coatings Technology/Thin Solid Films
  • American Vacuum Society Fellow
  • Member: Materials Research Society, Society of Vacuum Coaters, French Vacuum Society, Portuguese Vacuum Society, Mexican Tribological Network

Research Interests

  • 2D Materials Synthesis
  • Flexible Electronics
  • Molecular Sensing
  • Vapor Phase Synthesis of Materials
  • In Situ Characterization
  • Friction and Wear
  • Tribology