kristen felice noble
Kristen Felice Noble

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry, Forensic & Investigative Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

Current Research Objectives:
My work is focused on investigating the microstructure and degree of blockiness of copolymers prepared using a physical post-polymerization method. The goal of this work is to produce functional copolymers with tailored properties. Using syndiotactic polystyrene (sPS) as a model homopolymer, I have prepare brominated syndiotactic polystyrene (sPS-co-sPS-Br) copolymers with random (via solution-state bromination) and non-random (via gel-state bromination), i.e., "blocky," microstructures. I use NMR spectroscopy, DSC, TGA, HT-GPC, and WAXD to investigate the co-monomer sequence, thermal properties, and crystallization behavior of the copolymers. I have also developed computer simulations to evaluate the co-monomer sequence and blockiness of the sPS-co-sPS-Br copolymers.
Christina Orsino
Christina Orsino

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry, Christopher Newport University, Newport News VA

Current Research Objectives:
Probe the molecular-level and morphological origins of temperature dependent relaxations/transitions in perfluorinated ionomers. Utilize characterization tools to provide insight into the role of main and side chain dynamics of perfluorosulfonate ionomers on morphological development. Apply detailed understanding of organization of polar acid functionalities to tailor development of membranes with enhanced durability and fuel cell performance.
Lin Ju
Lin Ju

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry
M.S. Chemistry, West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

Current Research Objectives:
Synthesize polyester ionomers as a minor-component compatibilizer in PET/MXD6 blends. Investigate the influence of compatibilizer on the morphology and properties of polymer blends. Develop gas barrier systems for packaging applications.
Melissa Novy
Melissa Novy

Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
B.S. Chemistry, American University, Washington, D.C.

Current Research Objectives:
Elucidate solution properties and optimize film casting of perfluorosulfonic acid polymer dispersions. Synthesize metal nanoparticles on electrospun carbon nanofiber mats, then coat with Nafion to produce durable, flexible fuel cell electrodes. Measuring electrochemical and mechanical properties of the electrodes and fuel cell performance is in progress.
Zahra Mansouri
Zahra Mansouri

Ph.D. student in Chemistry
M.S. Chemistry, Yazd University, Iran
B.S. Chemistry, Shiraz University, Iran

Current Research Objectives:
Make and functionalize semicrystalline gel state polymers
Glenn Spiering
Glenn Spiering

Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
B.S. Plastics Engineering Technology, Penn State Behrend, Erie PA

Current Research Objectives:
Creating and functionalizing poly(ether ether ketone) gels.
Garrett Godshall
Garrett Godshall

Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA

Current Research Objectives:
Interpretation of polymer gel morphology in order to improve mechanical properties and probe phase separation behavior of polymer gels.
Group Activities

Melissa and Lin visit P&G in Cincinnati, OH for a poster session during Summer 2018.

Christy with her mentors in the Advanced Materials Division at 3M over her internship in Summer 2018.

Lindsey Anderson
Lindsey wows a K-5th grade audience with a chemiluminescence experiment at the SMWV Science Girls Camp 2018.

Sam conducting USANS/SANS experiments at the Jülich Center for Neutron Science at Technical University of Munich in Garching, Germany.

Sam and Kristen teach visiting elementary school students about different types of gases.

Moore group undergrad, Peter Moburg discussed his poster on blocky sulfonated polystyrene with the Dean of the College of Science.

Lin, Sam, Christy, and Kristen representing the MoRG at the 2018 Chemistry Graduate Recruitment Weekend.

Group dinner at Pat O'Briens on Bourbon St. in New Orleans during the Spring 2018 ACS National Meeting.

Some of the Moore group exploring the Jean LaFitte National Park to see some alligators during downtime at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.

Sam, Kristen, and Melissa checking out Jackson Square and enjoying some beignets during the 2018 Spring ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.

After completing 72 hours of beamtime at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Lab in February 2018.

Our groups' favorite part of visiting the synchrotron at ANL: the tricycles.

Moore Research Group Virginia Tech
Moore group enjoying a traditional Chinese lunch at Hunan King in Blacksburg.

Dr. Moore, Kristen, Sam, Lindsey, Christy, and Melissa getting a bird's-eye view of the snow-covered synchrotron at Argonne National Lab.

Kristen teaching kids all about gels at the 2017 Virginia Tech SciFest.

Moore group hosting a gel themed activity table at the 2017 Virginia Tech SciFest.
Moore research group halloween 2017
Moore Research Group dressed up as crayons for the 2017 MII Halloween party.
Robert Moore senior design team award ceremony
Our senior design team receives their award from the ASM International Design Competition at the MS&T meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

Sam Talley (front and center) attended the National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering at Argonne National Lab and Oak Ridge National Lab over summer 2017.

Lindsey and Sam were a part of group of eight VT students that hosted a student symposium at the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting.

Lindsey and Sam take a tour of the Capitol Building hosted by BASF at the 2017 ACS National Meeting in DC.

Christy, Dr. Moore, and Lindsey attend a dinner boat cruise hosted by Waters Corp. and TA Instruments at the ACS National Meeting in DC.

Kristen, Lindsey, Christy, Lin, and Greg at the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Kristen, Dr. Moore, Lindsey, Sam, and Lin at the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Christy and Melissa tour the 3M Innovation Center after their meeting with our 3M project sponsors in St. Paul, Mn.

Our Summer 2017 REU student, Jason Linn, presents his research at the REU Symposium.
Hike to Sharp Top
The group enjoys a summer trip to hike Sharp Tooth Mountain right outside of Roanoke, VA in summer 2017.
MoRG Hike to Sharp Top
Moore Research Group at 3,800 ft at the top of Sharp Tooth Mountain.
Lin Ju, Christy Orsino, Lindsey Andseron, Kristen Felice
Lin, Christy, Lindsey, and Kristen talk about our research at the 2017 Virginia Tech Chemistry and Macro program recruitment weekend.
Christy Orsino casting membranes
Christy casting perfluorinated ionomer membranes on our Elcometer automated casting table for membrane morphology-property studies.
Fuel Cell Conference
Spending a day in Napa, CA before the 2017 Polymers for Fuel Cells, Energy Storage & Conversion Conference.
Argonne National Lab
Probing hierarchical macromolecular structures at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Lab in Lemont, IL.
MII Halloween Party
Dressed up in our group Halloween costume as the "Moore-ority" for the 2016 MII Halloween Party.
Tricycles at APS
Riding tricycles around the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Lab.
Sam at NASA
Samantha Talley spending a few days at NASA Glenn Research Center working with collaborators on PEEK aerogels.
VT Scifest
Kids learn about polymer gels at the Moore Group booth at the 2016 Virginia Tech SciFest.

Taking a break from the Fall 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelpha to watch a Phillie's game.

Sam and Lindsey attend a dinner cruise hosted by Waters Corp. during the 2016 ACS National Meeting.
Ted outreach
Ted shows how balloons shrink with liquid nitrogren at a homeschool outreach event in 2016.

Kristen volunteers as an instructor for the STEM girl's camp at the Science Museum of Western Virginia. Here she is demonstrating the properties of polymer gels.

Moore group dressed as the "MorGue" for the MII Halloween Party in 2015.

Greg attending scattering school in 2015.
Former Group Members

Lindsey Anderson, PhD, Solvay Specialty Polymers
Samantha Talley, PhD, Los Alamos National Lab
Jeremy Beach, PhD, IARL
Theodore Canterbury, PhD, AkzoNobel
Joe Rittenhouse, MS, Memjet Technology
Elise Naughton, PhD, University of Colorado
Amanda Hudson, PhD, RJ Reynold's
Mingqiang Zhang, PhD, Machine Zone
Scott Forbey, PhD, SAIC
Orkun Kaymakci, MS, Arcelik Group
Katherine Finlay, PhD, Eastman Chemical Company
Nathanael May, MS, GrafTech International
Gilles Divoux, PhD, Solvay Specialty Polymers
Angela Osborn, PhD,
Sonya Benson, PhD, PepsiCo
Shawn Osboorn, PhD, Ascend Performance Materials
Kirt Page, PhD, Dean at Connect University
Greg Geminhardt, PhD, GE Aviation
Alan Phillips, PhD, Eastman Chemical Company
Peyton Hopson, PhD, Vistakon
Angels Domenech, MS, Dow Plastics, TS&D
Grant Barber, PhD, Ticona
Bo Pan, PhD, Pall Corporation
Eric Taylor, PhD, Hard Eight Holdings, LLC
Any Landis, PhD, Penn State York, Instructor of Chemistry
Raghu Gummaraju, PhD, BASF Corporation
Marty Boykin, PhD, Eastment Chemical Company
Kristine Ludwig, PhD, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Kari Haley, MS, Invitrogen
Steve Manning, PhD, Ascend Performance Materials
Bruce Orler, PhD, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Kevin Cable, PhD, Eastman Chemical Company