Dr. Brij Moudgil: Reflecting on a Storied Career in Materials Science

Brij Moudgil, Ph.D., distinguished professor, has retired from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

Dr. Moudgil joined the department in 1982, and over his four-decade-plus tenure at the University of Florida, his research interests encompassed nanostructured multifunctional materials, corrosion inhibition, polymer coatings, and particulate materials-based systems for enhanced performance in microelectronics, advanced materials, energy, water purification, and biomedical applications.

His contributions to MSE extend beyond the lab, with patented technologies such as nano-engineered particulate coatings for citrus crop protection. 

He was the director of both the Particle Engineering Research Center and the Center for Particle and Surfactant Systems. He also served as the director of the UF Mineral Resources Research Center.

Dr. Moudgil holds fellowships in several major professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. He is a foreign fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and is a member of both the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Engineering.

His numerous awards include the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the 2020 KONA Award, recognizing lifetime achievement in powder and particle science and technology. He has been granted 31 patents and is the author or co-author of 13 books and more than 300 technical publications.