Prof. Jeffrey Moore received his B.S. in chemistry (1984) and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering with Samuel Stupp (1989), both from the University of Illinois. He then went to Caltech as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working with Robert Grubbs. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and in 1993 returned to the University of Illinois, where he is currently the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair, Professor of Chemistry, as well as a Professor of Materials Science & Engineering.
“Materials Functions for Polymer Lifecycle Control”
Thursday, October 11
11:30am via Zoom
Abstract: In this talk I will discuss the molecular design of organic structural materials that mimic living systems to protect, report, heal and even regenerate themselves in response to damage, with the goal of increasing lifetime, safety and sustainability of many manufactured items. I will emphasize recent developments in frontal ring-opening metathesis polymerization (FROMP) to manufacture composites with minimal energy consumption. FROMP is an energy efficient bulk polymerization method with a traveling reaction boundary. Depending on intrinsic reactivity and boundary conditions, FROMP persists in stable and unstable modes of propagation. I will discuss opportunities for pattern generation by taking advantage of the unstable modes.