Christopher Moore earned a M.S. in applied physics and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before entering graduate school, he taught high school physics in the Richmond, Va., area. He is an assistant professor at Coastal Carolina University (CCU). Before coming to CCU in 2010, he was an assistant professor of physics at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
Dr. Moore studies the electrical properties of semiconductor thin films and nano-wires that have applications in blue laser technology (Sony Blu-Ray), hydrogen gas sensing, high efficiency bright light sources, ultraviolet detectors and photovoltaics. These applications span an interesting assortment of areas, such as computer gaming, the coming hydrogen economy, solar energy, national security, and recently, environmental remediation. Specifically, Dr. Moore's National Science Foundation funded research group (NSF DMR #0804679 and #1104600) has been studying the electrical properties at the interface of ZnO and GaN nano-scale systems, nano-sensors, and photocatalytic thin films and nano-wires.
Dr. Moore also studies teaching techniques specifically designed to improve scientific reasoning patterns of nonscience majors at the college level, and the development of post-formal reasoning in a research context with upper-level physics majors. Furthermore, he regularly runs workshops with elementary and middle school teachers on effective techniques for targeting reasoning in the physical sciences, and leads the Robotics in Education Group at CCU that offers camps and after-school programs for elementary and middle school students.
Nanoscale phenomena, Technology tools and applications, Environment, Careers in nano, Consumer products, Envisioning the future