Bruce A Moyer

Group Leader, Chemical Separations

Experience Highlights 

  • Over 39 years of experience and >200 open-literature publications in separation science and technology
  • Secretary of Energy Award, 2013
  • ORNL Corporate Fellow, AAAS Fellow
  • Editor, journal Solvent Extr. Ion Exch. and book series Ion Exch. Solvent Extr.

Education

PhD, 1979, Inorganic Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BS, 1974, Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University

Research and Professional Experience

Bruce Moyer is a Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), specializing over a 39-year career in both fundamental and applied aspects of separation science and technology. Under the direction of Prof. Thomas J. Meyer, his graduate work dealt with fundamental mechanisms of redox catalysis, including proton-coupled electron transfer, and oxygen-atom transfer. In 1979 he joined the staff at ORNL and has worked on a variety of fundamental and applied problems in separations chemistry, always with an eye on incorporating principles of molecular recognition to achieve high selectivity. Early interests led to his formulation of the “eleven ways” to use macrocycles like crown ethers and calixarenes for ion separation, initially recognition of cations like lithium and cesium but more recently oxoanions like perchlorate and sulfate. In addition to his duties as Group Leader, Chemical Separations, in the ORNL Chemical Sciences Division, Dr. Moyer leads two programs for the US Department of Energy: Principles of Chemical Recognition and Transport in Extractive Separations (Office of Science) and the Diversifying Supply Focus Area of the Critical Materials Institute, a USDOE Energy Innovation Hub, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Ofice. In the period 2009–2018, he led the Sigma Team for Advanced Actinide Recycle for the USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy. He has also provided leadership for the chemical development of the Caustic Side Solvent Extraction (CSSX) process for radiocesium removal from millions of gallons of legacy nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site, which won the Secretary of Energy's Award in 2013. Dr. Moyer edits the journal Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange and the book series Ion Exchange and Solvent Extraction. In 2018–2019 he has been serving on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on A Research Agenda for a New Era in Separations Science. Overall, Dr. Moyer has 165 journal articles; 5 edited books; 15 book chapters; 28 refereed proceedings papers; 21 open-literature reports; 16 patents (incl. 4 pending); and 2 R&D 100 awards.

Relevant Projects

  • Lead PI for the research program “Principles of Chemical Recognition and Transport in Extractive Separations,” DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science.
  • Diversifying Supply Focus Area—leads this $4M/y arm of the Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub under the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office.
  • Caustic Side Solvent Extraction (CSSX)—developed process at the heart of the $2B Salt Waste Processing Facility for cesium removal from millions of gallons of legacy nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site.
  • Sigma Team for Advanced Actinide Recycle—led this $3M–$4M/y project for DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, 2009–2018.
  • Co-developed BiQuat, bifunctional anion exchange resin commercialized by Purolite for perchlorate and pertechnetate removal from groundwater: R&D 100 Award, 2004.