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Robert J. Moon

Robert J. Moon

Materials Research Engineer
Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech
500 10th St. NW
Atlanta
Georgia
United States
30332-0620

Phone: 404-894-1026
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Current Research

Dr. Moon is an internationally recognized researcher in cellulose nanomaterials (CN).  He is an expert in processing-structure-property relationships as they apply in various aspects of CN research, such as, nanocomposites, hybrid composites, recyclable solar cells, multi-scale modeling, characterization, etc..  His research program on nanoscale science and engineering of CNs are highly collaborative with Purdue University and Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), where he holds Adjunct Professor appointments in both the School of Materials Engineering (at Purdue University), and in the School of Materials Science and Engineering (at GT). Dr. Moon a member of and is currently stationed at the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at GT. 

 

Dr. Moon works to develop cellulose nanomaterials (CN) pre-structures (e.g. films, continuous fibers, spheres, etc.) combined with targeted CN surface treatments to produce industrially relevant CN composites with improved performance (thermo-mechanical properties, etc) and new functionality/capabilities (e.g., antimicrobial, current conduction, etc.). Resent work has been in the areas of new cement systems, flexible electronics, and functional fillers in various polymer systems.

Research Interests

•Processing-Structure-Property Relationships

•Hierarchical Structure Effects on Properties

•Fracture and Wear of Materials

•Cellulose Nanomaterials: Composite Processing, Characterization, and Modeling

•Cellulose Nanomaterials: for cements, flexible electronics, and functional fillers in polymers

•Sustainable, Biodegradable, Carbon Neutral Materials

Education

  • Purdue University, Materials Engineering , 2000
  • Purdue University, Metallurgical Engineering , 1996
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Metallurgical Engineering , 1994

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Professor-, Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
    2014 - Current
  • Adjunct Professor-, Materials Engineering, Purdue University
    2007 - Current
  • Visiting Scientist, University of New South Wales, Australia
    2005 - 2005
  • ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of New South Wales, Australia
    2002 - 2005
  • 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

HighlightTitleYear


FPL-2011-01
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 ...

2011


FPL-2010-023
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 ...

2010


FPL-2013-154
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 ...

2013


FPL-2013-152
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 ...

2013


FPL-2013-155
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 ...

2013


FPL-2010-027
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 ...

2010


Last updated on : 05/08/2015