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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

Research Associates

Bing Yuan

Postdoctoral Research Associate, ISP/Applied Sciences Laboratory

(509) 338-7700

Scientific Interest and Work

Initial decomposition mechanisms of different types of energetic materials.

The overall objective of Dr. Yuan’s research activities is to understand the initial decomposition mechanism of single crystal energetic materials in shock wave conditions through time-resolved spectroscopy, including emission, transmission, Raman spectroscopy, etc. Information of the decomposition intermediates and products of energetic materials can be obtained from these spectra and possible decomposition mechanisms can be derived.


Dr. Yuan got her Ph.D. in the chemistry department at the University of Arizona. Her study focused on the temperature dependent rate coefficient measurement of reactions in the interstellar medium using a coaxial molecular beam ring electrode ion trap apparatus. After the Ph.D. program, she went to Colorado State University and worked as a post-doctoral research associate from 2012-2016. She studied the decomposition mechanisms of isolated energetic molecules (eg. Fox-7, DNP, TKX-50…) both experimentally (MALD + REMPI) and theoretically (CASSCF). Dr. Yuan’s experience on the study of decomposition mechanisms of energetic molecules suited similar research activities on the single crystal decomposition mechanism in the Institute.


Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry), 2012, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
B. Sc (Chemistry), 2007, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Honors and Recognition

  • WangDao Scholarship, Fudan University, 2005

Representative Publications

  1. Dynamics and Fragmentation of van der Waals Cluster Ions: (NH3)n and (NH3BH3)n Ionized at 10.5 eV. Bing Yuan, Joong-Won Shin, Atanu Bhattacharya, and Elliot R. Bernstein. 144, 144315, 2016.
  2. Initial Mechanisms for the Decomposition of Electronically Excited Energetic Salts: TKX-50 and MAD-X1. Bing Yuan, Zijun Yu, Elliot Bernstein, J. Phys. Chem. A. 119, 2965, 2015.
  3. Initial Mechanisms for the Decomposition of Electronically Excited Energetic Materials: 1,5′-BT, 5,5′-BT and AzTT. Bing Yuan, Zijun Yu, Elliot Bernstein, J. Chem. Phys. 142,124315, 2015.
  4. Azole energetic materials: Initial mechanisms for the energy release from electronical excited nitropyrazoles. Bing Yuan, Zijun Yu, Elliot Bernstein, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 034320, 2014.
  5. Variable-Temperature Rate Coefficients for the Electron Transfer Reaction N2+ + H2O Measured with a Coaxial Molecular Beam Radio Frequency Ring Electrode Ion Trap, Bing Yuan, Zachary Scott, George Tikhonov, Mark A. Smith, J. phys. Chem. A. 115, 25, 2011.