Richard is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta, with a joint appointment as a Senior Research Officer at the National Institute for Nanotechnology. Until 2006, he was Dow Professor of Chemistry at the Ohio State University. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Riverside, in 1970, and Ph.D. under Ralph Adams at the University of Kansas in 1974. His research involves spectroscopic probes of electrochemical processes, the electronic and electrochemical properties of carbon materials, and molecular electronics. Much of the research involves collaborations with materials scientists and engineers, as well as surface scientists and electrochemists. Current grant support includes projects funded by the National Research Council, an Alberta Ingenuity Scholar Award, an NSERC Discovery grant, and a CFI/SEGP funded Hybrid Device Facility in the NINT clean room. He leads an effort at NINT and the University of Alberta to investigate hybrid devices for molecular electronics, which combine existing CMOS technology with new electronic and optoelectronic devices containing active molecular components.
McCreery has written over 200 refereed publications, including a book entitled “Raman Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis” and eight U.S. Patents, with two of those extended to Europe (PCT) and Japan. Six of the patents are licensed by ZettaCore, Inc. to commercialize molecular memory devices having higher data density, longer retention, and lower cost than conventional microelectronic memory.