Greg Fahs
Gregory Fahs

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry
B.S. in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA

Current Research Objectives:
Developing models to study morphological differences between blocky functionalization performed in the gel-state and homogeneously functionalized sulfonated semicrystalline copolymers. These models aim to predict phase correlation lengths from very small nanometer sized collections of ions and crystallites to micron sized heirarchical collections of these features. Ultimately, these descriptions hope to provide an in depth understanding of the relationship between polymer chain architecture and synthetic protocols in order to enable tailored copolymer morphologies and properties.

Kristen Felice

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

Current Research Objectives:
Develop structure/function/property relationships for brominated syndiotactic polystyrene (Br-sPS) copolymers prepared by a post-polymerization functionalization method carried out in solution (homogeneous) or in the gel state (heterogeneous). Develop models to evaluate comonomer sequence, "blockiness" in the Br-sPS copolymers. In solution, brominating reagent interacts non‑discriminately with styrene monomers, producing a random copolymer. Meanwhile in the sPS gel, bromine is expected to selectively interact with monomers in the amorphous domains of the gel network, producing non‑random, "blocky" copolymers. This work is a fundamental investigation aimed at understanding how to control copolymer "blockiness" using a physical post-polymerization method in order to produce functional copolymers with tailored properties.

Lindsey Anderson

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin TX

Current Research Objectives:
Functionalize poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) by direct sulfonation and halogenation in the gel-state to produce controlled, blocky architectures. Investigate this influence of architecture on the resultant morphology and properties of functionalized PEEK membranes. Develop blocky-functionalized PEEK with pendant superacid groups for use as proton exchange membranes.. 
Samantha Talley
Samantha Talley

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS

Current Research Objectives:
Utilize Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) and Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering (WAXS) as a tool to probe polymer morphologies including lamellar thickness in semicrystalline polymers, heterogeneities in ionomers, and dimensions of phase-separated domains in block copolymers. Fabricate Boron Nitride Nanotube (BNNT) sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) aerogel composites for investigation of thermal and mechanical properties.

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.
Steve Seichepine

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

Current Research Objectives:
Sulfonation of poly (ether ether ketone) (PEEK)
Christian Rogers
Christian Rogers

Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
M.S. Chemistry from Fisk University
B.S. Mathematics from Alabama State University

Current Research Objectives:
Analyzing the effects of carbon nanofiber characteristics, such as fiber diameter, degree of graphitization, and orientation, on ionic polymer carbon composite electrodes. The technology has applications for use as a material for artificial muscles, lightweight dynamic sensors, and energy harvesting.
Group Activities

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

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