Welcome New Faculty

UF ChE Welcomes Dr. Moon and Dr. Restrepo-Florez
From left to right: Dr. Joshua Moon and Dr. Juan Manuel Restrepo-Flórez

The Department of Chemical Engineering Welcomes Two New Faculty Members Starting January 2023.

Joshua Moon, Ph.D.
Joshua Moon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2019, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Moon’s research focuses on designing advanced polymer materials for clean energy, clean water, and environmental sustainability. He combines modular polymer synthesis with experimental tools that probe both molecular-scale and macroscopic transport in polymers with the goal of informing predictive design of the next generation of materials for membrane-driven separations. 

Dr. Moon was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara, co-advised by Craig Hawker, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Materials and Rachel Segalman, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin under the mentorship of Benny Freeman, Ph.D., and Donald Paul, Ph.D., in 2019 and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Alabama in 2014.

Juan Manuel Restrepo-Flórez, Ph.D.Juan Manuel Restrepo-Flórez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2016, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Restrepo-Flórez’s research lab will develop models and tools to enable systematic analysis of problems in the broader area of sustainability, with emphasis in integration of process synthesis, materials design, and product formulation for the production of advanced fuels. 

Dr. Restrepo-Flórez was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Before accepting his position in Madison, he was a Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his Ph.D., he pioneered the use of metamaterials theory in mass diffusion and membrane applications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from the National University of Colombia and a master’s degree in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Western Ontario.