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

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 Bio

Dr. James C. Moller received a B.S. from Case Western Reserve University, a M.S. from M.I.T., and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982, 1984, and 1989, respectively. All are in mechanical engineering. Prior to entering academia, he was a project engineer with an aeronautical engineering firm where he designed and built large-scale test facilities.

Dr. Moller’s research deals with simulation of stochastic, thermal, and mechanical phenomena in a variety of processes. Recently, his focus has been on developing a multi-scale understanding of fracture in thermoset resins. This work has demonstrated the connection among polymer molecular behavior and accepted yield theories in continuum mechanics. He has also collaborated with geologists to understand the causes of impurity inclusion during mineral growth.

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).