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About Tim Kowalczyk

Our research focuses primarily on organic materials that combine light-absorbing and electrically conducting components in a single package. We develop and apply computational strategies rooted in quantum mechanics to understand the self-assembly and electronic properties of these materials. We are also interested in predictive models of photostability: how long will an organic dye integrated into a device operate before it is photodamaged? We are developing a simulation framework based on density functional tight binding which will allow us to identify and control key degradation pathways.


Present Faculty Member, Western Washington University Western Expert
Present Assistant Professor, Western Washington University Department of Chemistry
Present Assistant Professor, Western Washington University Institute for Energy Studies
Present Assistant Professor of Physical & Computational Chemistry, Western Washington University AMSEC - Advanced Materials Science & Engineering Center

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry, ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry, Fall 2018
  • Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2018
  • Snohomish PUD Professor of Energy Studies, 2017-2018
  • NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Award


  • CHEM 461 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 462 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 463 Physical Chemistry III
  • CHEM 465 Physical / Inorganic Lab II
  • CHEM 497B Computational Chemistry
  • ENRG 320 Science of Energy Resources
  • ENRG 420 Advanced Energy Science
  • ENRG 392 Energy Symposium
  • MSCI 110 Intro to Renewable Energy for Scientists and Engineers
  • MSCI 330 Intro Materials Science II


2014 Nagoya University ‐ JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
2012 Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‐ Department of Physical Chemistry
2007 B.S., University of Southern California ‐ Department of Chemistry

Contact Information

Chemistry Building 241
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

360-650-6622 (office)


Peer-Reviewed Publications (23)