Robert B. Moore, professor of chemistry in the College of Science and associate director for research and scholarship for the Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Moore was honored in the organization’s fifth class of Fellows in recognition for his accomplishments in polymer chemistry and his leadership positions he held with the American Chemical Society.

In its announcement, the society noted that Moore has made "fundamental contributions to the understanding of morphological and physical properties of ion-containing polymers, with special emphasis on ionomer membranes and materials for energy applications.”

American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society with more than 163,000 members, 759 of whom are recognized as Fellows. He joins six other American Chemical Society Fellows from Virginia Tech who were inducted in previous years.

Moore held numerous leadership positions for the Division of Polymer Chemistry for the American Chemical Society since 1991. He was treasurer for the division from 2003 to 2005. In 2009, Moore was vice chair for the division and advanced in the following years to chair-elect and chair.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2007, Moore has been the associate director for research and scholarships at the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science since 2010, and is closely affiliated with the university's Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute.

Moore and three other American Chemical Society Fellows were on the regional organizing committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry World Polymer Congress in 2012. Through the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, they organized the World Polymer Congress at Virginia Tech. Delegates from 52 countries, consisting of more than 1,400 total delegates, assembled for the event.

Moore received his bachelor's degree from Angelo State University and his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. He also held a two-year term as a postdoctoral Fellow in polymer physical chemistry at McGill University.

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Written by Kelly Kaiser

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