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Desmond Cook

  • Desmond Cook
  • Professor
  • Physics
  • 235 OceanographyandPhysics Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4695
  • dccook@odu.edu
  • Professor Cook was born in Geelong, Australia where he attended school prior to completing his B.Sc.(Hons) and Ph.D. in Physics at Monash University in Melbourne. He spent 3 years as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New England in Armidale Australia before traveling to the US in 1981 to accept the Assistant Professor position at Old Dominion University.
  • Education

    Monash University (Australia), 1978
    Major: Physics
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Monash University, 1971
    Major: Physics
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    The Cook Research Group specializes in Applied Materials Physics in the areas of corrosion of structural steels and development of specialized corrosion resistant alloys. Research is also centered on the corrosion of historic US Civil War artifacts such as the USS Monitor and CSS Hunley.
  • Expertise

    Physics
    Corrosion of Steels / Rust / Metallic Coatings / Metals and Alloys
  • 2010: Old Dominion University Shining Star Award, Division of Student Affairs
  • 2006: University Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Critical Fluid Applications for Conservation of Submerged Marine Artifacts
    Sponsoring Organization: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and The Mariners' Museum
    Date: June 1, 2007 - May 31, 2010
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Improved Corrosion Resistant Steel for Highway Bridge Construction
    Sponsoring Organization: Federal Highway Administration
    Date: May 1, 2008 - April 30, 2010
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Fletcher, F. B.; Wilson, A. D.
    Acquisition of an Electron Probe Microanalyzer for Innovative Geological, Biochemical, and Material Science Applications
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF (Major Research Instrumentation)
    Date: May, 2008 - May, 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Darby, D. A.; Jones, C.; Elsayed-Ali, H.; Elmustafa, A.
    Formation of Akageneite Under Accelerated Corrosion Conditions
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Antioquia, Columbia
    Date: January 1, 2007 - May 31, 2007
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Barrero, C.
    An Evaluation of Supercritical Drying and Peg/Freeze-Drying of Waterlogged Archaeological Wood
    Sponsoring Organization: National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
    Date: August 1, 2005 - March, 2007
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Drews, M.; Schindelholz, E.; Blanchette, R.; Seifert, B.
    XAFS Investigation of Chlorine and Sulfur Contaminants in Organic Artifacts
    Sponsoring Organization: Spring-8, Japan Transportation Ministry
    Date: January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2006
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Yamashita, M.
    Nano-Analysis of Iron Oxides Formed in Corrosive Environments
    Sponsoring Organization: JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
    Date: September, 2003 - August, 2004
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Yamashita, M.
    Tecnology Innovation Center (Center for Plasma and Photon Processing)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology
    Date: November, 1998 - 2003
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Gupta, M.; Manos, D.
    Corrosion and Preservation of the USS Monitor
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Summer Research Program
    Date: July, 2003 - August, 2003
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Yamashita, M.
    Microcomputer-Controlled Automated Nuclear Counting for Advanced Physics Laboratory
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: July, 1997 - June, 2001
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Microcomputer-Controlled Automated Nuclear Counting for Advanced Physics Laboratory
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University
    Date: July, 1997 - June, 2001
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Electrochemical Techniques in Corrosion Engineering
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Faculty Development Funds
    Date: June, 1999 - June, 2000
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Planning Visit for Corrosion Research in Mexico
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 1996 - 1998
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Van Orden, A. C.
    X-Ray Diffraction and Characterization of High Purity Fe-Zn Alloys
    Sponsoring Organization: International Center for Diffraction Data
    Date: March, 1996 - December, 1996
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Identification of the Zinc-Iron Phases in Galvanneal Steel Coatings by Mössbauer Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology
    Date: July, 1995 - August, 1996
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Identification of the Zinc-Iron Phases in Galvanneal Steel Coatings by Mössbauer Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction
    Sponsoring Organization: International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Inc.
    Date: January, 1994 - December, 1994
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Identification of the Zinc-Iron Phases in Galvanneal Steel Coatings by Mössbauer Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction
    Sponsoring Organization: International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Inc.
    Date: January, 1993 - December, 1993
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Radiation Detector for On-line Monitoring of the Zinc-Iron Phases in Galvanneal Steel Coatings
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology
    Date: January, 1993 - December, 1993
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Identification of the Zinc-Iron Phases in Galvanneal Steel Coatings by Mössbauer Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction
    Sponsoring Organization: International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Inc.
    Date: January, 1992 - December, 1992
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Radiation Detector for On-line Monitoring of the Zinc-Iron Phases in Galvanneal Steel Coatings
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology
    Date: January, 1992 - December, 1992
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Mössbauer Analysis of the Zinc-Iron Phases of Galvanneal Steel
    Sponsoring Organization: Bethlehem Steel Corporation
    Date: January, 1988 - December, 1990
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Mössbauer and X-Ray Analysis of Plasma Sprayed Ferrite Coatings
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of the Navy
    Date: January, 1988 - June, 1990
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Undergraduate Research Experiences in Pure and Applied Physics
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: March, 1989 - February, 1990
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Kernell, R. L.
    Undergraduate Research Experiences in Pure and Applied Physics
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: March, 1988 - February, 1989
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Kernell, R. L.
    Mössbauer Study of the Relative Wear Resistance of Carbon Steel
    Sponsoring Organization: Naval Research Laboratory
    Date: July, 1985 - May, 1987
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Mössbauer Spectroscopy of Human Mutant Hemoglobins
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH
    Date: January, 1985 - May, 1987
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Hoy, G. R.
    Studies of Iron-Implanted Polymers and Graphite Using Conversion Electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy
    Sponsoring Organization: Naval Research Laboratory
    Date: May, 1984 - May, 1986
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    CEMS Studies of Fe Compensated INP
    Sponsoring Organization: Naval Research Laboratory
    Date: October, 1984 - June, 1985
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Hoy, G. R.
    Feasibility Studies of Conversion Electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS) of Iron-doped INP
    Sponsoring Organization: Naval Research Laboratory
    Date: May, 1983 - May, 1984
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Hoy, G. R.
    Oxygen Bonding to the Active Site in Hemoglobin
    Sponsoring Organization: NIH
    Date: February, 1983 - February, 1984
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Cook, D.; Hoy, G. R.
    Study of the Line Narrowing of the 105.3 KEV Mössbauer Transition in 155GD
    Sponsoring Organization: Research Corporation
    Date: December, 1982 - December, 1983
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Cook, D.
    Study of the Line Narrowing of the 105.3 KEV Mössbauer Transition in 155GD
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University: Summer Research Fellowship
    Date: June, 1982 - August, 1982
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Cook, D.