Jeffrey S. Moore

 Jeffrey Moore

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University of Illinois
1327A Beckman Institute, MC-251
405 North Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair, Professor of Chemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
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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

Research Description

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

Distinctions / 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

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