Rob is the Director for the Interconnected Science Ecosystem (INTERSECT) Initiative at ORNL. The goal of the INTERSECT is to develop a scalable ecosystem to enable interdisciplinary "self-driving" processes. This laboratory of the future vision couples theory, high performance computing, edge computing, data analysis, and experimental instruments to enable autonomous workflows that significantly accelerates scientific discovery. As the Director, Rob develops the initiative strategy, conducts long-term planning, and provides project leadership to ensure the interdisciplinary teams deliver impactful research that furthers the mission of ORNL and the Department of Energy.
Rob's scientific focus is on the synthesis and in situ investigation of the electronic structure of quantum thin films and heterostructures. It is the electronic structure of materials that generates the exotic quantum physical and chemical properties that can transform future technologies and he focuses on connecting concepts as correlated electron physics and topology across material interfaces for a deeper understanding of emergent phenomena. Through a multi-modal approach combining Molecular Beam Epitaxy with Photoemission and Scanning Probe techniques his aim is to discover new ways to harness the quantum world.
Rob Moore is a Tennessee native and received a BS in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1994, after which he spent five years in the US Navy as a submarine officer aboard the USS Alaska (SSBN 732). He received a MS in physics from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2002 and a PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2006. Rob joined SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in 2006 as a postdoc where he became a staff scientist and the Assistant Director of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES). Rob joined ORNL in 2019 as a Strategic Hire for developing Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy capabilities at the laboratory. Rob became the Director of INTERSECT in 2023.