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James Moore

Professor Emeritus
chemistry and chemical biology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
United States of America


B. S., Chemistry, St John's University, Brooklyn, NY, 1961 Ph. D., Chemistry, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, 1967 Prof. Moore was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Mainz, West Germany in 1967 and in 1968 he was a Research Associate at the University of Michigan. In 1969 he joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he is currently Professor of Organic and Polymer Chemistry. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and has been Associate Editor of Macromolecules and Chairman of the Division of Polymer Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. He is the author more than 200 publications, including 6 books and 13 patents, and in 1985 received the American Cyanamid Award for Significant Achievement in Synthesis. In 1999 he received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his work on generating polymers from waste cellulose. In 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Professor Moore's research interests are concentrated in the general area of synthesis and chemical modification of polymeric materials. He is also active in several specific research areas such as the synthesis of radiation sensitive and thermally stable materials for use in the development of new composites and in microelectronic processing. He is developing new approaches to the synthesis of organic polymers as on-chip dielectrics by vapor phase deposition, and has also helped to develop a novel approach to the chromatographic purification of proteins. e has a long term interest in the preparation of novel polymeric materials from renewable natural resources.

Research Interest

Organic Polymer Chemistry


  • “Alkyl-based Selective Displacers for Protein Purification in Ion Exchang Chromatography”, Christopher J. Morrison, J.A. Moore, Steven M. Cramer, Chromatographia, 72 (11/12), 1025-34 (2010).

  • Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of Polycarbonate-containing Carboxyl Side Groups”, Ruifeng Zhang and J. A. Moore, Macromolecular Symposia,199 (Polycondensation 2002), 375-390 (2003).

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