Martin Mulvihill, Ph.D

Martin Mulvihill, Ph.D

Chemist, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Associate Director for Education & Outreach, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow in Gadgil Group, Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of California, School of Public Health
50 University Hall, #7360
Berkeley CA 94720-7360
phone: 510-517-2135

Full CV (pdf)

Creative Achievements

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (2009) at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on materials science and environmental sensing.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Reed College.

Current Research Interests

  • Green chemistry and sustainable design; creating new interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate curriculum in green chemistry.
  • Materials and environmental science, understanding the fate and transport of nanoparticles in the environment.
  • Environmental engineering, development of a sustainable sorbent for the remediation of excess fluoride in groundwater.

Key Publications
Mulvihill, M.; Tao, A.; Benjauthri, K.; Arnold, J.; Yang, P. “Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Trace Arsenic Detection in Groundwater,” Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2008, 6456.

Mulvihill, M. and Yang, P. “Complex Plasmonic Structures by Anisotropic Etching of Silver Nanoparticles,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, 268.

Mulvihill, M.; Habas, S.E.; Jen-La Plante, I.; Wan, J. and Mokari, T., “Influence of Size, Shape, and Surface Coating on the Stability of Aqueous Suspensions of CdSe Nanoparticles.” Chemistry of Materials, 2010, DOI: 10.1021/cm101262s


  • UC Berkeley Benjamin P. Boussert Memorial award (2009)
  • Martha and Paul Pitman Scholarship (2006)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (2003 and 2004)
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa (2002)
  • Frank H. Westhiemer Scholarship (2000-2002)
  • Stanley Adamson Memorial Scholarship (1999-2000)