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Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a PhD in Materials Science. Grid Storage Leader and Lead PI for the Non-Aqueous Redox Flow thrust within the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory. Research focuses on organic materials and self-healing polymers as part of the Autonomic Materials Systems group at the Beckman Institute. Experienced educator specializing in nontraditional instructional delivery especially for large-enrollment science courses with interests in curiosity-driven learning and personalized instruction of the molecular sciences to pre-professional undergraduates.

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Professor Moore received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1989 from the University of Illinois. Thereafter, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty in 1993. Professor Moore served as "Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society" from 1999-2013. He is a faculty member of the Beckman Institute and the Frederick Seitz Material Research Lab.

Research Interests

self-healing polymers and mechanochemistry; novel chemistry for composites manufacturing; molecular self-assembly and dynamic covalent chemistry; structure-controlled macromolecules to understand protein-synthetic polymer interactions; materials for energy storage; materials and methods for nano- and mesoscale device fabrication

Professional Information

The Moore group is dedicated to the professional development of next-generation scientists and educators who will impact the world with their skills and knowledge. The group’s research integrates ideas from physical organic chemistry and engineering with polymer synthesis to invent mechanically responsive materials. Motivated by the technological need for materials that are safer and last longer, experiments are designed to understand the fundamental science of mechanochemical transduction, which in turn helps in the design of polymers that produce chemical signals or undergo chemical reactions following mechanical activation. Specific examples include materials that heal themselves, warn of high stress, or repair electrical circuits. Recently, the Moore group partnered with frequent collaborators Nancy Sottos and Scott White to demonstrate plastics that not only heal after damage, but regenerate, thanks to reactive fluids pumping through vascular channels within the material, similar to blood in a circulatory system.

New Polymeric Materials

Compartmentalization and On-demand Release

Functional Membranes for Water Purification

Molecular Modulators for Controlled Growth of Fibrillar Networks

Touch-and-Go Reactions  

Self-Healing Polymers 


Shock wave energy dissipation (SWED) by Mechanochemically Active Materials

Autonomically adaptive materials


Energy Storage Materials

The Role of Macromolecular Architecture on Redox Active Molecules

Honors & Awards

Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair
Stephanie L. Kwolek Award, Royal Society of Chemistry
Member, National Academy of Sciences
Edward Leete Award, American Chemical Society
Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Fellow, American Chemical Society
Fellow, Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Office Address

University of Illinois
1327A Beckman Institute, MC-251
405 North Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

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