Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2022
  • B.S.E., Polymer Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2016
Professional Affiliations
  • American Chemical Society

Dr. Cotey is a materials scientist who specializes in the mechanical, chemical, and physical characterization of soft materials including thermoplastics, thermosets, hydrogels, organogels, nanomaterials, supramolecular assemblies, surfactants, and non-Newtonian fluids. Dr. Cotey focuses on structure property relationships and has broad experience with characterization techniques including rheometry, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), optical microscopy (OM), confocal laser scanning microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Dr. Cotey applies his experience to projects in numerous fields including consumer products, medical devices, coatings, and construction materials.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Cotey was a graduate research assistant in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University where he researched gelation processes, self-assembly of macromolecular structures, and structure-property relationships in a variety of soft materials.