Prior to co-founding Enovix, Murali was involved in the research and development of new materials and structures at FormFactor, a leader in the design and production of patented 3D MEMS contact technology for semiconductor wafer testing. This included the invention of metal deposition processes and chemistries for high-aspect ratio electrochemical deposition, electroless deposition, and etching.
Previously, at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and Storage Systems Division, Murali was responsible for research, development, and implementation of novel high-moment magnetic materials essential to achieving a 10X increase in the areal density of hard-disk drives. Murali earned a B.S. in chemical and electrochemical engineering from the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) in Karaikudi, India and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in chemical engineering. He has been cited as an inventor on 97 issued patents or patent applications in electromechanical materials, processes, and architectures.