James Moller, Ph. D., P.E.

Portrait of Dr. James Moller

Associate Professor

56F Garland Hall

Research Interests

  • Materials chemistry
  • Atomistic simulation


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.Eng., Mechanical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering
    Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests

  • Multiscale simulation of fracture in thermoset polymers
  • Adsorption of rare earth elements on mineral surfaces

Years of Service on this Faculty

  • Associate Professor, 2001–present
  • Assistant Professor, 1995–2001

Related Experience

  • Faculty Fellow - ASEE-AFOSR, Summer 2005 & 2006
  • Faculty Fellow - ASEE-NASA, Summer 1997 & 1998
  • Instructor -Design & Manufacturing Laboratory, R.P.I., 1994–1995
  • Teaching Assistant - Experimental Mechanics, R.P.I., 1990–1994
  • Research & Project Engineer, Calspan Advanced Tech. Center, Buffalo, NY, 1984–1986, 1987–1990


  • Contractor, Universal Technology Corporation, Materials Laboratory-Wright Patterson AFB, OH, Summer 2007, 2009, 2010, Sept. 2011–present.
  • Technical Services, Atkins & Pearce, Covington, KY, 2008–2009
  • Patent litigation, Collard & Roe, P.C., Roslyn, NY, 2006–2007
  • Patent litigation, Faruki, Ireland, & Cox, Dayton, OH, 2002–2005

Professional Registration

  • Ohio, P.E. # 61737

Scientific and Professional Societies

  • American Chemical Society

Honors and Awards

  • Arthur Olson Generational Teaching Award, March 2007.

Professional Development Activities

  • Fuel Cell Seminar, sponsored by EMTEC, 11 Dec. 2003.
  • Lean Manufacturing Seminar, sponsored by EMTEC, May 14, 2002

Principal Publications

Journal Articles

  • J.C. Moller, S.A. Barr, E.J. Schultz, T.D. Breitzman, and R.J. Berry, “Simulation of fracture nucleation in cross-linked polymer networks,” JOM, (2013).
  • J. Heuser, J. Moller, W. Spendel, and G. Pacey, “Aqueous Foam Drainage Characterized by Terahertz Spectroscopy,” Langmuir, vol. 24, pp. 11414-11421, (2008).
  • J.C. Moller, L. Tran, D. Shrader, J.R. Douglas, and G.W. Kuhlman, “Augmented upper bound element technique for prediction of temperature and strain in forgings,” Journal of Materials Processing Technology, vol. 152, pp 162-175, (2004).
  • J.C. Moller and D. Lee, “Verification of Extensional Viscosity Effects in Injection Mold Filling Simulation”, Polymer Engineering & Science, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 307-325, (2002).
  • A.M. Kijak, J.C. Moller, and J.A. Cox, “Strengthening Silica Prepared by Sol-Gel Chemistry by Inclusion of a Polyamidoamine Dendrimer,” Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 213-219, (2001).
  • J. Moller and A. Mokaddem , “A Tool for Learning Mohr’s Circle,” International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 53-72, (2001).
  • J.C. Moller and D. Lee, “Development of a Design and Manufacturing Laboratory Course,” Journal of Engineering Design, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 39-57, (1999).
  • J.C. Moller, D. Lee, B.W. Kibbel and L. Mangapora, “Effect of Extensional Viscosity and Wall Freezing on Modelling of Mold Filling”, Polymer Engineering & Science, vol. 35, no. 18, pp. 1440-1454, (1995).\
  • J.C. Moller and D. Lee, “Constitutive Behavior of a Powder/Binder System at Molding and Debinding Temperatures”, International Journal of Powder Metallurgy, vol. 30, no. 4, (1994).
  • M.G. Dunn, C. Padova, J.C. Moller and R.M. Adams, “Performance Deterioration of a Turbofan and a Turbojet Engine Upon Exposure to a Dust Environment”, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power Transaction of the ASME vol. 109, pp. 336-343, (1987).
  • P.F. Batcho, J.C. Moller, C. Padova and M.G. Dunn, “Interpretation of Gas Turbine Response Due to Dust Ingestion”, Journal of  Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power Transaction of the ASME, vol. 109, pp. 344-352, (1987).
  • M.G. Dunn, W.K. George, W.J. Rae, S.H. Woodward, J.C. Moller and P.J. Seymour, “Heat-Flux Measurements for the Rotor of a Full-Stage Turbine: Part II - Description of Analysis Technique and Typical Time-Resolved Measurements”, Journal of Turbomachinery, vol. 108, pp. 98-107, (1985).


  • J. Moller, R. Berry, T. Breitzman, “The Nature of Fracture Nucleation in Thermoset Resins,” Polymer Preprints, ACS (2012).
  • J. Moller, L. Ward, R. Berry, T. Breitzman, D. Mollenhauer, and M. Unroe, “Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Thermoset Fracture with Micromechanics Analysis Integration,” Proc. MS&T 2010 Conf., Houston (2010).
  • J. Moller and R. Berry, “Dynamics of Hydrated Polymers, Effects of Hydration Level and Temperature,” SAMPE Fall Mtg., Cincinnati (2007).
  • J. Moller and R. Berry, “Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Proton Diffusion in Sulfonated Polymer Membranes,” Proc. AIChE Ann. Mtg., Cincinnati (2005).
  • J. Moller, “Prediction of Rake and Flank Temperature Distributions during Wet and Dry Machining”, Proc. 2005 NAMRC Conf., New York, SME, Dearborn, MI (2005).
  • J. Moller, , “The Upper Bound Element Technique and Energy Formulation for Prediction of Strain and Temperature in Forging,” Proc. 2003 ASM Materials Solutions Conf., Pittsburgh, PA, ASM, Cleveland, OH (2003).
  • J. Moller, L. Tran, D. Shrader & K. Gu, J. R. Douglas, G. W. Kuhlman, “The Upper Bound Element Technique for Prediction of Temperature and Cumulative Strain Distribution,” Proc. 2002 ASM Materials Solutions Conf., Columbus, OH, ASM, Cleveland, OH (2002).
  • J.C. Moller, D. Shrader, K. Gu, J.R. Douglas, J. Gunasekera, G.W. Kuhlman, “Application of the Upper Bound Elemental Technique to Forging Process Design,” Proc. Forging Technology Solutions Conf., Columbus, OH, 2-3 Oct. 2001, SME, Dearborn, MI (2001).
  • J.C. Moller and D.R. Shrader, “Process Design Tool for Rapid Estimation of Titanium Turning Cost,” Proc. SAE AMTC 2000 Conference., SAE, Warrendale, PA, (2000).
  • O. Ettouney, K. Schmahl, J. Stenger, J. Moller, C. Noble, “Techniques for Assessment in a Successful ABET 2000 Accreditation Evaluation,” Proc. ASEE Ann. Conf., Washington, DC,ASEE (2000).
  • J.C. Moller, J.S. Litt, and T.-H. Guo, “Neural Network-Based Sensor Validation For Turboshaft Engine,” Proc. AIAA Joint Propulsion Conf., Cleveland (1998).
  • J.C. Moller and J.J. Rowe, “Prediction of injection molded part quality by neural networks,” Proc. SPE Ann. Technical Conf., Atlanta  (1998).
  • J.C. Moller, M.C. Carlson, R. Alterovitz, and J. Swartz, “Post-ejection cooling behavior of injection molded parts,” Proc. SPE Ann. Technical Conf., Atlanta  (1998).
  • J.C. Moller and A. Mokaddem, “A Tool For Teaching Stress Transformation by Mohr’s Circle,” Proc. ASEE Ann. Conf., Washington, DC (1997).
  • J.C. Moller, “Manufacturing processes course with emphasis on modeling, experimentation, and design”.  Proc. ASME Ann. Meeting, Dallas (1997).
  • J.C. Moller, K.E. Schmahl, B.Bardes, and K.Shinn, “Design for Manufacturing Thread in a Manufacturing Engineering Curriculum”, Proc. Frontiers in Education Conf., Pittsburgh (1997).    
  • J.C. Moller and O.M. Ettouney, “Insect Robots: Case Studies for Teaching Students about Computer Aided Experimentation,” Proc. RCE II, Albuquerque, NM  (1996).
  • J.C. Moller and D. Lee, “Method for Measurement of Shear Heating in Capillary Flows,” Proc. ANTEC ‘96, Indianapolis  (1996).
  • J.C. Moller and D. Lee, “Development of a Design and Manufacturing Course,” Proc. ASEE Ann. Conf., Washington, DC, (1996).
  • R.T. Fox, J.C. Moller, L.A. Najmi and D. Lee, “A Structured Approach to Injection Molding of Powder-Binder Mixtures”, Powder Injection Molding Symposium - 1992, P.H. Booker, J. Gaspervich and R.M. German, eds., Metal Powder Industries Federation, Princeton, NJ, (1992).
  • M.G. Dunn, J.C. Moller and R.C. Steele, “Development of a New High-Enthalpy Shock Tunnel”, AIAA Thermophysics, Plasmadynamics, and Lasers Conf., San Antonio, AIAA paper 88-2782 (1988).

Agency Reports

  • J.C. Moller,Universal Technology Corporation, Dayton, OH (2013)
  • J.C. Moller, “MD Toughness Predictions for Hybrids for Extreme Environments,” Contract No. : FA8650-07-D-5800, Universal Technology Corporation, Dayton, OH (2010)
  • J.C. Moller, “Simulation-Based Design System for Multi-Stage Manufacturing Processes,” Contract No.: F33615-99-C-5708 Final Report, AFRL/MLMR, WPAFB, Dayton, OH, (2007).
  • D.R. Shrader, J.C. Moller, “Simulation-Based Design System for Multi-Stage Manufacturing Processes,” Contract No.: F33615-99-C-5708 Final Report, AFRL/MLMR, WPAFB, Dayton, OH, (2002)
  • D.R. Shrader, J.C. Moller, J.B. Stenger, “Simulation-based design system for Multi-Stage Manufacturing Processes,” Contract no. F33615-98-C-5161 Final Report, AFRL/MLMR, WPAFB, Dayton, OH, (1999).