Raymond graduated from Caltech with a PhD in chemistry. He did his undergraduate work in chemistry at Princeton, where he concentrated his research efforts on the surface modification of electrodes for organic electronic devices. His Caltech research focused on the interactions of light with polymeric materials, including block copolymer photonic crystals and photoinitiated catalysis. While his interests are diverse, the common goal of Raymond's work is to apply fundamental scientific insights to challenges in sustainability and energy. In 2013, Raymond won the Dow-SISCA Runner-up Prize for the project, "Recycling Catalyst Waste with Light: Towards Cradle-to-Cradle Olefin Metathesis".