Joong Ho Moon enters research collaboration with Colgate-Palmolive Company

Joong Ho Moon

BSI faculty member and an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. Moon received a $55K award from the Colgate-Palmolive Company, an American multinational consumer products company focused on the production, distribution and provision of household, health care, and personal care products. This grant will provide funding support for a new research agreement and collaboration with Colgate. The project started on September 19, 2019.

Dr. Moon has published an article about “Synthesis of Antimicrobial Poly(guanylurea)s” in Bioconjugate Chemistry, a scientific journal on bioconjugation, published since 1990 by the American Chemical Society. ( In the abstract for this article, Professor Moon and his research group state: “Bacterial infections are serious health threats. Emerging drug resistance in bacteria further poses serious challenges to the treatment options involving traditional antibiotics. Antimicrobial polymers disrupt the physical cell membrane integrity of bacteria to address the drug resistance problems. Here, we introduce a conceptually new class of antimicrobial polymers containing positively charged guanylurea backbones for enhanced antimicrobial effects.”

 In addition, Dr. Moon received a U.S. Patent in 2018 for his invention titled “Antimicrobial Poly(guanylurea)s” (U.S. Patent No. 10,017,462).

Professor Joong Ho Moon contributed to this article.