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Robert J. Moon

Robert J. Moon

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

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

Past Research

Hofferber, Blake M.; Kolodka, Edward; Brandon, Rishawn; Moon, Robert J.; Frihart, Charles R. 2006. Effects of swelling forces on the durability of wood adhesive bonds. Proceedings of the 29th annual meeting of the Adhesion Society, Inc., February 19-22, 2006, Jacksonville, Florida: pages 187-189. Frihart, Charles R.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John; Moon, Robert J.; Stone, Donald S.; Jakes, Joseph E. 2008. Enhanced understanding of the relationship between chemical modification and mechanical properties of wood. In: Proceedings for the 9th Pacific Rim bio-based composites symposium. 2008 November 5-8. Roturua, New Zealand. 141-148. Jakes, Joseph E.; Frihart, Charles R.; Beecher, James F.; Moon, Robert J.; Stone, D. S. 2008. Experimental method to account for structural compliance in nanoindentation measurements. Journal of materials research. Vol. 23, no. 4 (Apr. 2008): Pages 1113-1127. Moon, Robert J.; Jakes, Joseph E.; Beecher, Jim F.; Frihart, Charles R.; Stone, Donald S. 2009. Relating nanoindentation to macroindentation of wood. Advanced biomass science and technology for bio-based products. [S.l.] : Chinese Academy of Forestry, c2009: p. 145-157. Moon, Robert J.; Wells, Joseph; Kretschmann, David E.; Evans, James; Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.; Frihart, Charles R. 2010. Influence of chemical treatments on moisture-induced dimensional change and elastic modulus of earlywood and latewood. Holzforschung 64(6): 771-779. Moon, Robert J.; Hoffman, Mark; Rödel, Jörgen; Tochino, Shigemi; Pezzotti, Giuseppe; 2009. Evaluation of crack-tip stress fields on microstructural-scale fracture in Al-Al2O3 interpenetrating network composites. Acta materialia. Vol. 57, no. 2 (Jan. 2009): p. 570-581.


  • 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

  • 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


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 : 08/07/2019