CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Makers of cars, planes, buses – anything that needs strong, lightweight and heat resistant parts – are poised to benefit from a new manufacturing process that requires only a quick touch from a small heat source to send a cascading hardening wave through a polymer.
Jeffrey S. Moore
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.
- 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
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
Shock wave energy dissipation (SWED) by Mechanochemically Active Materials
Autonomically adaptive materials
Energy Storage Materials
The Role of Macromolecular Architecture on Redox Active Molecules
Distinctions / Awards
- 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
In The News
Professor Jeffrey Moore is the Royal Society of Chemistry Stephanie L. Kwolek Award winner for 2018. He was born and raised in Joliet, IL.
Name: Timothy P. Moneypenny. Year: 3rd Year. Hometown: Akron, Ohio. Why Illinois? Awesome chemistry department and awesome people.
Jeffrey S. Moore, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been named a Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair.
The University of Illinois recently welcomed a noteworthy alumnus of the College of LAS. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work returned to campus for a tour of several state-of-the-art research facilities.