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Robert J. Moon

Materials Research Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
West Lafayette, IN 53726-2398
Phone: 765-496-3397
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Current Research

Purdue University and the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) share a mutual interest in developing innovative science and technologies applicable to wood utilization. Initiated in 2007, this partnership builds upon the strengths of the nanotechnology infrastructure and expertise at Purdue University Discovery Park and the wood science expertise at FPL. To bridge the two institutions, FPL permanently relocated one scientist, Dr. Robert Moon, to Purdue University. The culmination of this collaborative effort will be the establishment of a Forest Products Nanotechnology Center (FPNC) at Purdue University.

Dr. Moon is a member of the Birck Nanotechnology Center and is developing research programs that capitalize on interdisciplinary approaches for investigating the underlying science and technologies needed to understand how the nanodimensional interactions of structure, chemistry, and properties of wood-based materials create a desired result.

For additional information about the work on Cellulose Nanocrystal Materials and Cellulose Nanocrystal Characterization that Dr. Moon is currently engaged in, please click here.

Research Interests

  • Processing-Structure-Property Relationships
  • Hierarchical Structure Effects on Properties
  • Fracture and Wear of Materials
  • Indentation Techniques for Material Characterization
  • Cellulose Nanocrystal Composite Processing, Characterization, and Modeling
  • Sustainable, Biodegradable, Carbon Neutral Materials


  • Purdue University, Ph.D. Materials Engineering, 2000
  • Purdue University, M.S. Metallurgical Engineering, 1996
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, 1994

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Scientist, University of New South Wales, Australia
    2005 - 2005
  • ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of New South Wales, Australia
    2002 - 2004
  • Visiting Scientist, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
    2002 - 2003
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of New South Wales, Australia
    2000 - 2001

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Research Highlights


Cellulose Nanocrystals

Cellulose nanocrystals are ultra-small rod-like reinforcement material that can be extracted from trees, plants and some sea animals. This new t ...


Cellulose Nanocrystals: Novel Templates for the Synthesis of Nanostructures

Harvesting the properties of widely available natural biopolymers for the design of novel systems in nanobiotechnology has been largely ignored ...


Ceramic-Like Thermal Expansion Obtained from Cellulose Nanocrystal Films

One of the unique properties of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) are their low dimensional change with changes in temperature. Understanding the rol ...


New Process Fabricates Efficient Reclyclable Solar Cells Using Natural Substrates

Solar cells fabricated on optically transparent cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) films reach a power conversion efficiency of 2.7 percent, an unprece ...


Removing Organic Compounds from Water with Reusable Nanofiber Films

Researchers produced films for water decontamination using cellulose nanofibers as a matrix material for the suspension of photocatalytic nano p ...


Scale-up of cellulose nano material production

There is considerable research internationally on cellulose nano-materials as reinforcement fibers for high strength composites. A persistent pr ...


Last updated on : 01/22/2015