- Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2019
- B.S., Chemical Engineering, Ohio University, 2014
- Professional Engineer Chemical, California, #7035
- Presidential Fellowship, Georgia Tech, 2014-2018
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Dr. Moran is a chemical engineer whose areas of expertise include failure analysis, separations/filtration, material synthesis, material characterization, nanoparticles and adsorption. His current research interests include metallurgy, alternative energy processes, biorenewable products, industrial chemical processes, and process safety.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Moran was a Graduate Research Assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he engaged in the synthesis, characterization, and application of amorphous carbon allotropes, oxide nanoparticles, and structured porous frameworks. He has extensive experience with the adsorptive removal and corrosive nature of complex mixtures of both acid and basic gases, with a focus on SO2, H2S, NOX, and HN3.
Dr. Moran also created and proposed concepts for sprayable filtration masks to be used as countermeasures in the event of a chemical attack for the Department of Defense. He is well versed in material characterization techniques including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), elemental dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and volumetric/gravimetric adsorption equipment. He holds detailed knowledge on the synthesis and respective properties of carbon products, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), and zeolites.
Additionally, he held an internship with the process controls company RoviSys, where he worked in process design and human machine interface (HMI) programing for large-scale batch and continuous reactors.