Dr. Phillip Cook

Dr. Phillip M. Cook
423-367-7136  (mobile)


1.  Facilitate student understanding of the importance and applicability of chemistry in their daily lives regardless of their fields of endeavor;   

2.  Leverage industrial experience to establish a viable and fundable interface to support  knowledge transfer between academia and business.                  

Work Experience:

> East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN (current)

> Lecturer (full-time in 6th year) Chemistry Department

  • Organic chemistry lecture and labs (CHEM 2010, 2011, 2020, 2021)
  • General chemistry (CHEM 1110 and 1030)
  • Integrated lab for advanced students (CHEM 3611)
  • Special Topics (Polymer Chemistry (CHEM 4957) – Spring 2008

> Yasoo Health, Johnson City, TN

Director of Formulation Technology – responsible for development and evaluation of efficacious nutrient formulations for at-risk children, especially those products with enhanced bioavailability.

> Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN

Senior Team Leader with supervisory and multi-disciplinary team leadership responsibilities. 

Conceptualization, development, and commercialization of new technology and products.


  • Awarded 28 patents
  • Multitude of technical presentations to customers, members of management, students, and technical communities
  • Custom synthesis of chemicals and polymers at bench, pilot plant, and commercial scales of manufacture
  • Development of novel drug delivery applications utilizing enteric coatings, fibers,  and cellulose esters
  • Cellulose and cellulose ester technology for use in a variety of coating applications (wood, automotive, industrial) and cosmetic products
  • Controlled and sustained release of actives for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and agricultural applications
  • Design and development of unique polymers for hair and nail care
  • Design and manufacture of polymers for uv-curable coatings
  • Process development for manufacture of textile and photographic dyes
  • Conceptualization and development of a novel process to make branched polyesters for biodegradable chewing gum base
  • Development of novel ingredients for food and beverage applications
  • Development of formulations for a variety of nutrition-oriented products utilizing water-dispersible vitamin E as multi-functional emulsifier.
  • Development of HSE-acceptable polymers and unusual ingredients not normally intended for beverage and food use.
  • Extensive customer interactions (technical, marketing, management)
  • Well-honed presentation skills applicable to wide variety of audiences
  • Knowledge and use of statistically designed experimentation

 > Owens Corning Fiberglas Technical Center, Granville, OH

        Senior Chemist

  • Develop novel low-density polyurethane/carbodiimide foamed products to compete with urea-formaldehyde foam for home insulation applications. I also did an extensive amount of problem solving and troubleshooting relating to use of urethane/fiberglass core-board in commercial built-up roofing systems.

> United States Air Force USA


  • Medical lab technologist responsible for testing program in all areas of clinical lab supporting 55-bed hospital at Tyndall AFB (FL). This included hematology, microbiology, blood-banking, chemistry, and serology. I also worked on weekends as a medical lab technologist at a local hospital.


    Ph.D. (synthetic organic chemistry)

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

  • My dissertation was directed towards development of a generalized method to prepare large carbocyclic rings containing chiral centers and to introduce such chirality in a controllable and predictable manner.  The approach involved investigation of photochemical annelation of substituted small rings (C5/C6) followed by disruption of the intervening cyclobutane bonds to release the macrocycle. Several articles have been published and presentations made at American Chemical Society meetings.

    BS in Chemistry

    Marshall University, Huntington, WV

    American Chemical Society- approved "BS in Chemistry" degree (54 semester hours of chemistry). Summer research resulted in two publications.


  • Creative, innovative, pragmatic, and appreciative of good science
  • Excellent teaching skills
  • Coordination of multi-disciplinary team efforts
  • Well-versed in project management software and techniques
  • On-going conceptualization of new technology and improvement of existing
  • Synthetic development and large scale manufacture of chemicals/polymers
  • Fundamental understanding of uv-cure processes and coatings technology
  • Well-grounded in technology for sustained and controlled release of actives
  • Strong background in formulation of nutritional supplements.
  • Well-versed in principles of emulsion and colloid chemistry
  • Working knowledge of and conversant in beverage and cosmetics technologies
  • Mentoring of young employees and students  (routinely recruit summer students to work in my lab – undergraduate and M.S./Ph.D.-program students
  • Technical recruiting at all educational levels (technician to Ph.D. candidates) 
  • Solid working knowledge of patenting and trademark processes
  • Computer literate (Mac and PC software)
  • Knowledge of and experience with statistically designed experimentation

Chemistry Department
Brown 342
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN  37614-0695