College of Natural and Applied Sciences
Christopher Moore
Associate Professor

Department(s): Chemistry & Physics
Degree(s): Ph.D. Chemical Physics
Area of Study: Electronic Materials, Surface Chemistry, Sensors/Detectors, Scientific Reasoning Patterns
Office: SCI 115, CSSC 127
Phone: 843-349-2985
Christopher Moore earned a M.S. in applied physics and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Moore has taught high school physics in the Richmond, Va. area, and before coming to CCU in 2010, was an assistant professor of physics at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

Dr. Moore studies the electrical and surface chemical properties of semiconductor nano-scale materials that have applications in environmental sensing and detection, high efficiency bright light sources, and photovoltaics. Dr. Moore's National Science Foundation funded research group (NSF DMR #0804679 and #1104600) has been studying the electrical and chemical properties at the interface of ZnO and GaN systems. His group is involved in the development of new nano-sensors and photocatalytic thin films for environmental remediation. The group is also interested in the environmental impact of emerging nano-scale materials, and specifically studies photochemical processes that can lead to the destruction of marine organisms.

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.

Selected Publications
“Photocatalytic degradation of organic species at the surface of polycrystalline ZnO thin films,” C.V. Thompson, R. Louder, and J.C. Moore, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. (in press).

“Photoconductivity and transient response of Al:ZnO:Al planar structures fabricated via a thermal oxidation process,” L.R. Covington and J.C. Moore, Thin Solid Films (in press).

"Affect of film thickness on the blue photoluminescence from ZnO," J.C. Moore, L.R. Covington, and R. Stansell, Phys. Status Solidi a, DOI:10.1002/pssa.201127613 (2012).

"Scientific reasoning abilities of non-science majors in physics-based courses," J.C. Moore, L.J. Rubbo, Phys. Rev. ST PER 8, 010106 (2012).

"ZnO ultraviolet photodetectors grown via thermal oxidation of Zn- metal on glass and sapphire substrates," J.C. Moore, L.R. Covington, R.L. Foster, E.J. Gee, M.R. Jones, S.A. Morris, Proc. of SPIE, 7940, 79401L (2011).

"Using billiard balls to explore the concept of virtual images," J.C. Moore, R.D. Floyd, C.V. Thompson, Phys. Educ., 46, 382 (2011).

"Manipulation of surface charge on GaN," J. Ferguson, M. Foussekis, M.D. Ruchala, J.C. Moore, M.A. Reshchikov, A.A. Baski, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 1202, I04-01 (2010).

"Graphical method for determining projectile trajectory," J.C. Moore, J.C. Baker, L. Franzel, D. McMahon and D. Songer, Phys. Teach., 48, 203 (2010).

"Study of the electronic behavior of the Zn- and O-polar ZnO surfaces using conductive atomic force microscopy," J.C. Moore, S.M. Kenny, C.S. Baird, H. Morkoc, A.A. Baski, J. Appl. Phys., 105, 116102 (2009).

"Two tracks demonstrate average speed," J.C. Moore, Phys. Educ., 44, 456-457 (2009).

"Investigation of charge trapping at the oxide/semiconductor interface for MBE-grown GaN films," J.C. Moore, M.A. Reshchikov, J.E. Ortiz, J. Xie, H. Morkoc, A.A. Baski, Proc. of SPIE, 6894, 68940B (2008).

"Local electronic and optical behavior of a-plane GaN grown via epitaxial lateral overgrowth," J.C. Moore, V. Kasliwal, X. Ni, U. Ozgur, H. Morkoc, A.A. Baski, Appl. Phys. Lett., 90, 011913 (2007).