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Tom Moore

Tom Moore

Regents Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Molecular Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 871604
Tempe, AZ 85287-1604


  • Distinguished Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Regents Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Thomas A. Moore is a Regents Professor in the School of Molecular Science at Arizona State University where he is a founding member of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis and a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigely Global Institute of Sustainability. Professor Moore worked under the direction of Professor Pill-Soon Song for the Ph.D. degree from Texas Tech University and was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Alvin Kwiram at the University of Washington. He served as President of the American Society for Photobiology in 2004 and received the Senior Research Award from the Society in 2001. Over the period 2005-2007, Professor Moore was awarded a Chaire Internationale de Recherche Blaise Pascal, Région d'Ile de France. He has served on several Department of Energy Basic Research Needs Workshops including the DOE Basic Energy Sciences Grand Challenges Committee, which produced “Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination,” outlining research priorities for the foreseeable future. Professor Moore and his long-time colleagues, Professors Ana Moore and Devens Gust, collaborate on research in artificial photosynthesis. Their work addresses the design, synthesis and assembly of bio-inspired constructs for solar energy conversion and the design principles for artificial systems to be realized through reengineered photosynthesis and synthetic biology.


  • PhD, Texas Tech, 1975


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Journal Articles


Ravensbergen, J., C. L. Brown, G. F. Moore, R. N. Frese, R. van Grondelle, D. Gust, T. A. Moore, A. L. Moore and J. T. Kennis. 2015. Kinetic isotope effect of proton-coupled electron transfer in a hydrogen bonded phenol-pyrrolidino[60]fullerene. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 14:2147-2150. DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00259A. (link )


Faunce, T., W. Lubitz, A. W. Rutherford, D. MacFarlane, G. F. Moore, P. Yang, D. G. Nocera, T. A. Moore, D. H. Gregory, S. Fukuzumi, K. B. Yoon, F. A. Armstrong, M. R. Wasielewski and S. Styring. 2013. Energy and environmental policy case for a global project on artificial photosynthesis. Energy & Environmental Science 6(3):695-698. DOI: 10.1039/C3EE00063J. (link )


Moore, G. F., J. D. Megiatto Jr., M. Hambourger, M. Gervaldo, G. Kodis, T. A. Moore and A. L. Moore. 2012. Optical and electrochemical properties of hydrogen-bonded phenol-pyrrolidinol[60]fullerenes. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 11:1018-1025. DOI: 10.1039/C2PP05351A. (link )


Moore, G. F., M. Hambourger, G. Kodis, W. Michl, D. Gust, T. A. Moore and A. L. Moore. 2010. Effects of protonation state on a tyrosine-hstidine bioinspired redox mediator. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 114(45):14450-14457. DOI: 10.1021/jp101592m. (link )


Hambourger, M., G. Kodis, M. D. Vaughn, G. F. Moore, D. Gust, A. L. Moore and T. A. Moore. 2009. Solar energy conversion in a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell. Dalton Transactions 45:9937-10124. DOI: 10.1039/B912170F. (link )

Hambourger, M., G. F. Moore, D. M. Kramer, D. Gust, A. L. Moore and T. A. Moore. 2009. Biology and technology for photochemical fuel production. Chemistry Society Reviews 38:25-35. DOI: 10.1039/B800582F. (link )


Moore, G. F., M. Hambourger, M. Gervaldo, O. G. Poluektov, T. Rajh, D. Gust, T. A. Moore and A. L. Moore. 2008. Journal of the American Chemical Society. Journal of the American Chemical Society 130(32):10466-10467. DOI: 10.1021/ja803015m. (link )

Rizzi, A. C., M. van Gastel, P. A. Liddell, R. E. Palacios, G. F. Moore, G. Kodis, A. L. Moore, T. A. Moore, D. Gust and S. E. Braslavsky. 2008. Entropic changes control the charge separation process in triads mimicking photosynthetic charge separation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 112(18):4215-4223. DOI: 10.1021/jp712008b. (link )


Berera, R., G. F. Moore, I. H. van Stokkum, G. Kodis, P. A. Liddell, M. Gervaldo, R. van Grondelle, J. T. Kennis, D. Gust, T. A. Moore and A. L. Moore. 2006. Charge separation and energy transfer in a caroteno–C60 dyad: photoinduced electron transfer from the carotenoid excited states. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 5:1142-1149. DOI: 10.1039/B613971J. (link )


Bennett, I., H. M. Vanegas Farfano, F. Bogani, A. Primak, P. A. Liddell, L. Otero, L. Sereno, J. J. Silber, A. L. Moore, T. A. Moore and D. Gust. 2002. Active transport of CA2+ by an artificial photosynthetic membrane. Nature 420:398-401. DOI: 10.1038/nature01209. (link )