Dr Robert Bruce Moore


Principal Research Fellow

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School of Science

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Science, Engineering and Health

Robert Bruce Moore


Dr Moore's program centres around the analysis of physical change through comparative studies across various orders of time, with an emphasis on outreach as the key activity of any practicing scientist. Technology is a publicly accessible aspect of science. Dr Moore's work focuses on applied technology in the following categories:

Indoor Air Quality

• Research and development

• Industrial advocacy

Physical water conditioning

• Applied physical chemistry

• Permittivity of water to electric fields

• Agitation of ions and dipoles by modulated electric fields

• Effect on mineral salts

Multidisciplinary science

• STEM Education

• Inclusion and diversity

• Innovation consultancy

Applications of physical water conditioning

• Farming

• Soil desalination

• Hydroponics

• Mineral ore leaching - productivity

• Dewatering

• Sustainable water use

• Aquaculture

Molecular Evolution

• Aquatic microbial ecology

• Agricultural microbiology

• Genetics and genomics

• Biofuels


Dr Moore has published peer-reviewed research in international journals since 1997. His papers have been cited ~600 times in total, with an annual citation average of 74 over the past 5 years. He has co-authored one provisional US patent (2013) and one granted US patent (2011).

Peer-reviewed publications

Google Scholar list of publications by Robert B Moore

Recent and current conference presentations

• Moore RB, Morgan LS, Lennard SP, Murphy CI, Pearce PJ, Ball AS (2016). Electromagnetic Treatment of Hydroponic Media Enhances Lettuce Growth and Prevents Crop Loss at High EC, IWA World Water Congress, Brisbane, October 2016

• Moore RB, Ball AS (2012), Reduction of calcium carbonate particle sizes by modulation of electromagnetic fields and relevance to descaling of irrigation systems. Irrigation Australia 2012 Conference, Adelaide Australia.

• Moore RB, Cumbo V, Marquis C, Salih A, and Baird A 2011. Are chromerids symbionts? The ancestral lifestyles of mixotrophic protists. 1st Chromera conference, Heron Island - Great Barrier Reef, November 21-25

• Carter DA and Moore RB 2008. Chromera velia and its chloroplast. Gordon Research Conference: Mitochondria and Chloroplasts, August 10-15, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine USA

• Moore RB, Green DH, Obornik M, Patterson DJ, Simpson AGB, Heimann K, Bolch CJS, Andersen RA, Logsdon JM, Hoegh-Guldberg O, and Carter DA 2004. Unicellular algae with apicomplexan phylogeny: kleptoplasty, parasitism or endosymbiosis? (Poster) Evolution of Protozoa and Other Protists; Joint meeting of Linnean Society, British Section of the Society of Protozoologists, and the Systematics Association, London, United Kingdom.

Key activities

Dr Moore's work in the domestic Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) industry involves galvanising the community-of-practice around a common set of standards or guidelines for air quality, which are derived from published international benchmarks. Australians have played, and are playing, a major role in shaping the domestic IAQ industry globally. Dr Moore collaborates with other RMIT chemists and biologists on a range of topics.

Professional activities


Office hours by phone Fridays, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm, email robertbruce.moore@rmit.edu.au for phone appointment.


  • Grad Dip. Ed. University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 2014
  • Ph.D. University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 2006
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1994

Industry experience

Dr Moore has worked in the areas of microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology and physical chemistry. As such, he applies a chemist's rigour to the field of microbiology. In the late 1990s he carried out rigorous tests on antimicrobial products that are used in the indoor air quality and surface disinfection area.

A prominent example of the significance of environmental microbes, are fungi and moulds that may occur indoors on surfaces and in the air. Indoor air quality (IAQ) can be affected by water damage, condensation, and dust accumulation, because these factors may lead to the growth of moulds. In high quantities moulds can affect health, because they release spores into the air. In very low quantities, moulds may represent normal flora of the indoor environment.

Measuring the particle concentrations in air can inform tradespeople and building owners of the relative state of contamination in a premises. Contamination is defined in the IAQ industry as - all particles in the air – i.e. anything other than pure air. Mould spores are one of the many types of particle that fall within that definition, others being pollens, ash, exfoliates, oils, moisture, etc.

Dr Moore's role in the IAQ industry is the quantification of contaminants as a whole. It is an applied area of science that brings strong benefits to the general community.

His prior activities (2011-2015) have been in the groundwater industry, centering on irrigation. The developing industry of Physical Water Conditioning (PWC) which Dr Moore has fostered, involves fundamental physics that must be assessed from first principles. Experimental results demonstrate clear potential for PWC technology in a range of commercial sectors, and outreach has been achieved through conferences (see Google Scholar list of publications, in the Overview section above) and patenting which reveals these first principles.

His main focus from 2008-2011 was on algae as biofuels, an interest gained through coral reef science and "protistology" (2000-2008). Protists are microbes that contain nuclei, and represent the ancestors (or "cousins") of animals, fungi, plants, seaweeds etc. Through eons of geological time, protists have created the hydrocarbons that we now use for transport, heating, and synthetics in the industrial era. Other protists include parasites, other algae, and common environmental isolates from water or soil. Protist labs often also work with fungi and moulds.

Dr Moore has worked professionally in the global microbiology discipline in two Australian states, one territory, and in the USA. His current work is arguably cross-disciplinary, with a grounding in physical chemistry coming to the fore as a companion discipline for microbiology.