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Jeffrey Moore

Professor, Chemistry

Director, Beckman Institute

Jeffrey “Jeff” Moore’s research 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.

Jeffrey Moore is the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair of Chemistry, and the Howard Huges Medical Institute Professor. Under Moore’s leadership, the Beckman Institute has strengthened research collaborations with Carle Foundation
Hospital, which has resulted in groundbreaking research in brain magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), and the addition of a 7 Tesla MRI scanner, offering Carle patients access to the highest magnetic field imaging strength available in the U.S.

Moore received his BS degree in Chemistry and his PhDin Materials Science 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.