Robert J Moon Bio

Robert J Moon

Materials Research Engineer
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Adjunct Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology,
Adjunct Professor, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University


Dr. Robert J. Moon is a GS-14 Materials Research Engineer at the USDA Forest Service - Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), and is an Adjunct Professor in both the School of Materials Science and Engineering (at GaTech), and in the School of Materials Engineering (at Purdue University). Dr. Moon received a B.S. in Metallurgy from the University of Wisconsin (1994), a M.S. (1996) and PhD (2000) in Materials Engineering from Purdue University. He was a postdoctoral researcher (2000-2002) and Australian Research Council (ARC) postdoctoral fellow (2002-2005) in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His specialty is in processing-structure-property relationships of layered, gradient, and hierarchical structured materials in composite materials.   In 2005 Dr. Moon joined the FPL, and in 2007 he relocated to Purdue University to establish a joint FPL-Purdue research program on cellulose nanomaterials (CN). Then in 2013 he relocated to GaTech to further build and coordinate programs in CNs at GaTech.  He is currently stationed at and is a member of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at GaTech.  

Work in Cellulose Nanomaterials:

Dr. Moon is an expert in processing-structure-property relationships as they apply in various aspects of cellulose nanomaterial research.  Within the area of cellulose nanomaterials, Dr. Moon has over 45 peer reviewed journal publications (including 1 critical review, 1 best practices review), 2 patents, 3 patent applications, an editor of 1 book, and has given over 50 invited talks at conferences, universities and research centers worldwide.  Dr Moon is active in the broader international research efforts of cellulose nanomaterials and renewable materials: he has been active in the TAPPI NanoDivison since its inception, a member of ISO standards development for cellulose nanomaterials, participates in workshops and roadmap development including being selected by the National Research Council of the National Academies to serve as a committee member to develop a roadmap for transforming glycoscience with the specific task of including cellulose nanomaterials into the roadmap.

Dr. Moon’s connections to TAPPI NanoDivision:  

In 2014, he was named chairman of the TAPPIs NanoDivision, and from 2011-2014 he was the co-chair of the NanoDivision Technical team. Since 2008 he has member of the organizing committee for the annual TAPPI NanoConference, where he served in various roles, session chair, theme leader, and was a conference Co-Chair in 2012.  He was one of the lead authors for the 2011 Roadmap for the development of International Standards for Nanocellulose.