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Bruce A. Moyer
Distinguished R&D Staff and Group Leader
Phone: (865)574-6718         Fax: (865)574-4939

B.S. Chemistry, Duke University, 1974

Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1979

Research Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1979-1987

Group Leader, Chemical Separations, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1987-present

Research Interests:

Separations Chemistry
Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange
Supramolecular, Macrocyclic, and Coordination Chemistry
Anion binding and Separation
Radiochemistry and Reprocessing
Environmental Remediation and Waste Treatment

Professional Societies:

American Chemical Society, Member and Elected officer
ACS Industrial and Engineering Division, Member

Professional Service and Honors:

2005-pres  Editor, Ion Exchange and Solvent Extraction
         book series
2004 IR-100 Award, Highly Selective, Regenerable Perchlorate
        Treatment System.
2002-pres Co-Editor of the journal Solvent Extraction and
         Ion Exchange
2002 Outstanding Team Performance Award,
         Savannah River Site Salt Processing Project.
2000 UT-Battelle Technical Achievement Award for
         developing novel resin regeneration techniques.
1999 Lockheed Martin Technical Achievement Award for team          development of a novel bifunctional anion exchange resin.
1999 Lockheed Martin Technical Achievement Award for team          achievement in the invention, development, and testing
         of a novel process for cesium separation from waste.
1999 Lockheed Martin Valuable Invention Award for
         improvements to CSEX process.
1999 Lockheed Martin Leadership Award for leadership
         in research.
1994-pres  Editorial Board of the Journal Hydrometallurgy


  1. Bonnesen, P. V.; Moyer, B. A.; Sachleben, R. A. "Fluoro-Alcohol Phase Modifiers and Process for Cesium Solvent Extraction," U. S. Patent 6,566,561, May 20, 2003.
  2. Moyer, B. A.; Chambliss, C. K.; Bonnesen, P. V.; Keever, T. J. "Solvent and Process for Recovery of Hydroxide from Aqueous Mixtures," U. S. Patent 6,322,702, Nov. 27, 2001.
  3. Brown, G. M.; Gu, B.; Moyer, B. A.; Bonnesen, P. V. "Regeneration of Anion Exchange Resins by Sequential Chemical Displacement," U. S. Patent 6,448,299, Sept. 10, 2002.
  4. Moyer, B. A.; Sachleben, R. A.; Bonnesen, P. V.; Presley, D. J. "Calixarene Crown Ether Solvent Composition and Use Thereof for Extraction of Cesium from Alkaline Waste Solutions," U. S. Patent 6,174,503, Jan. 16, 2001.
  5. S. Kilambi, R. B. Robinson, B. A. Moyer, and P. V. Bonnesen, "Supported Liquid Membrane Separation," U. S. Patent 6,096,217, (Divisional of 6,086,769), Aug. 1, 2000.
  6. S. Kilambi, R. B. Robinson, B. A. Moyer, and P. V. Bonnesen, "Supported Liquid Membrane Separation," U. S. Patent 6,086,769, Jul. 11, 2000.
  7. S. D. Alexandratos, G. M. Brown, P. V. Bonnesen, and B. A. Moyer, "Bifunctional Anion-Exchange Resins with Improved Selectivity and Exchange Kinetics," U. S. Patent 6,059,975, May 9, 2000.
  8. B. A. Moyer, R. A. Sachleben, and P. V. Bonnesen, "Solvent Extraction Process for Removing Technetium from Alkaline Waste Solutions," U. S. Patent 5,443,731, Aug. 22, 1995.
  9. B. A. Moyer and W. J. McDowell, "Method for Extracting Copper, Silver, and Related Metals," U. S. Patent 4,927,610, May 22, 1990.

Selected Publications:

  1. Custelcean, R.; Remy, P.; Bonnesen, P. V.; Jiang, D.-e.; Moyer, B. A. Sulfate Recognition by Persistent Crystalline Capsules with Rigidified Hydrogen Bonding Cavities. Angew. Chem. 2008, 47, 1866-1870.
  2. Fowler, C. J.; Haverlock, T. J.; Moyer, B. A.; Shriver, J. A.; Gross, D. E.; Marquez, M.; Sessler, J. L.; Hossain, M. A.; Bowman-James, K. Enhanced Anion Exchange for Selective Sulfate Extraction: Overcoming the Hofmeister Bias. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130(44) 14386-14387.
  3. Wintergerst, M. P.; Levitskaia, T. G.; Moyer, B. A.; Sessler, J. L.; Delmau, L. H. Calix[4]pyrrole: A New Ion-Pair Receptor As Demonstrated by Liquid-Liquid Extraction. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130(12), 4129-4139.
  4. Custelcean, R.; Moyer, B. A. Anion Separation with Metal-Organic Frameworks. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2007, 1321-1340 (Invited review, featured on cover).
  5. Custelcean, R.; Sellin, V.; Moyer, B. A. Sulfate Separation by Selective Crystallization of a Urea-Functionalized Metal-Organic Framework. Chem. Commun., 2007, 1541-1543.
  6. Eller, L. R.; Stepien, M.; Fowler, C. J.; Lee, J. T.; Sessler, J. L.; Moyer, B. A. Octamethyl-octaundecylcyclo[8]pyrrole: A Promising Sulfate Anion Extractant. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 11020-11021. Correction: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 14523.
  7. Harmon, B. W.; Ensor, D. D.; Delmau, L. H.; Moyer B. A. Extraction of Cesium by a Calix[4]arene-crown-6 Ether Bearing a Pendant Amine Group. Solvent Extr. Ion Exch. 2007, 25(3), 373-388.
  8. Levitskaia, T. G.; Maya, L.; Van Berkel, G. J.; Moyer, B. A. Anion Partitioning and Ion-Pairing Behavior of Anions in the Extraction of Cesium Salts by 4,5"-bis(tert-octylbenzo)dibenzo-24-crown-8 in 1,2-Dichloroethane. Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46 (1), 261-272.
  9. Moyer, B. A.; Delmau, L. H.; Fowler, C. J.; Ruas, A.; Bostick, D. A.; Sessler, J. L.; Katayev, E.; Pantos, G. D.; Llinares, J. M.; Hossain, M. A.; Kang, S. O.; Bowman-James, K. "Supramolecular Chemistry of Environmentally Relevant Anions." In Advances in Inorganic Chemistry, Volume 59: Template Effects and Molecular Organization; van Eldik, R., Bowman-James, K., Eds.; Elsevier: Oxford; Chap. 5, pp 177-207, 2007.
  10. Custelcean, R.; Haverlock, T. J.; Moyer, B. A. Anion Separation by Selective Crystallization of Metal-Organic Frameworks. Inorg. Chem. 2006, 45, 6446-6452.
  11. Custelcean, R.; Moyer, B. A.; Bryantsev, V. S.; Hay, B. P. Anion Coordination in Metal-Organic Frameworks Functionalized with Urea Hydrogen-Bonding Groups. Cryst. Growth Design 2006, 6 (2), 555-563.
  12. Delmau, L. H.; Bonnesen, P. V.; Engle, N. L.; Haverlock, T. J.; Sloop, F. V., Jr.; Moyer, B. A. Combined Extraction of Cesium and Strontium from Alkaline Nitrate Solutions. Solvent Extr. Ion Exch. 2006, 24 (2), 197-225.
  13. Kang, H-A,; Moyer, B. A. Pseudo-Hydroxide Extraction in the Separation of Sodium Hydroxide from Aqueous Solutions Using Alkyl Phenols. Solvent Extr. Ion Exch. 2006, 24(3), 387-405.





Chemical Separations Group Staff

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Rev: March 2009