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Timothy Cook

Associate Professor of Chemistry
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


Molecular self-assembly, photochemistry, fluorescence, phosphorescence, batteries, alternative energy

Head shot of Timothy Cook in a laboratory.

Timothy Cook is an expert in materials science.

His lab develops and analyzes new materials created through self-assembly, a process in which small chemical units interact and join together — like Legos or puzzle pieces — to form a larger molecule. He is using this technique to synthesize chemical compounds with interesting properties tied to energy harvesting, storage and use.

One goal of his research is to develop materials that can be used in batteries, including redox flow batteries, capable of storing large amounts of energy. The development of such technology is crucial as the world grows more dependent on solar, wind and other green energy sources, which are only available on an intermittent basis, he says.


Timothy Cook, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences