Joongho Moon


Chemistry and Biochemistry; Biomolecular Sciences Institute

Office: CP 311

Phone: 305-348-1368


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Moon received his Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry from Pohang University of Science and Technology in August 1999, where he studied surface modifications and characterizations. At MIT, Dr. Moon studied the conjugated polymer brushes and the effect of unique surface structures on chemical sensing under Prof. Tim Swager. After seven-year industrial research experience, Dr. Moon joined the Department of Chemistry at FIU in 2008. His current research focuses on the development of novel polymeric materials exhibiting optimized interaction with various types of cellular membranes to achieve either intracellular delivery of biologically active substances or antimicrobial activity.

Research Areas

Dr. Moon’s current research interests are to develop multifunctional macromolecules for biological/biomedical sensing, imaging, and delivery. Dr. Moon has been managing research projects including NSF CAREER award (BMAT, 2014-2022, self-assembled biodegradable conjugated polymers for RNA interference), NSF (BMAT, 2021-2022, poly(conjugated oligomer)s for noninvasive protein delivery), Colgate-Palmolive research agreement (2020-2021, evaluation of an antimicrobial polymer in household product formulations). Past years, Dr. Moon has managed national and international funding including Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) (2014-2019) for developing engineered polymers and their formulations for automobile applications, Advanced self-powered systems of integrated sensor technologies (NSF NRC, co-PI) for wearable electronic sensors, and NIH project (SC1, 2011-2015, PI) for developing multiphoton probes for deep tissue fluorescent imaging.


  • Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Pohang University of Science and Technology (Korea)
  • M.S., Pohang University of Science and Technology (Korea)
  • B.S., Pusan National University (Korea)