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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

Research Associates

Maxwell Wallace

Postdoctoral Research Associate

(509) 335-7054

Scientific Interests and Work:

Dr. Wallace’s current work is focused on understanding structural (elastic limit, inelastic structural deformation, phase transformation, etc.) and thermodynamic response of shock compressed crystals along different crystallographic directions.

Shock wave loading by means of the plate impact method provides an unmatched approach to investigate materials under extreme dynamic conditions. Transformations across a planar shock front can be accurately determined from the shock wave parameters obtained via the plate impact method. Thus, fundamental insight of detailed material behavior in nanosecond timescale can be obtained.


Dr. Wallace received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Central Washington University (advisor: Dr. Anthony Diaz). His research at CWU was on understanding electron-hole pair trapping efficiency of rare earth doped phosphor compounds under vacuum ultraviolet excitation. Dr. Wallace received his Ph.D. in 2019 from Oregon State University (advisor: Dr. Mas Subramanian). His Ph.D. dissertation research was on fundamental structure – property investigations of novel metal oxides (honeycomb layered, perovskite, spinel, pyrochlore, etc.) and intermetallics with a focus towards topological insulators, quantum spin liquids, superconductors, and thermoelectric materials.


Ph.D. (Chemistry), 2019, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
M.S. (Chemistry), 2014, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
B.S. (Chemistry), 2012, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Honors and Recognition:

  • Whiteley Graduate Fellowship for Materials Science, Oregon State University, 2018
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Oregon State University, 2015
  • Dale and Mary Jo Comstock Distinguished Thesis Award, Central Washington University, 2014
  • Society for Information Display (SID) International Symposium Distinguished Paper Award, 2013
  • American Chemical Society Undergraduate Inorganic Chemistry Award, 2011

Representative Publications:

  1. Wallace, M. K., LaBarre, P.G., Li, J., Shu-Ting, Pickett, W.E., Dessau, D.S., Haskel, D., Ramirez, A.P., Subramanian; M.A., “Local moment instability of Os in honeycomb Li2.15Os0.85O3”, Scientific Reports-Nature, 8, 6605, 1-9, 2018.
  2. Wallace, M.K., Li, J., Subramanian, M.A., “Structural, electronic, and thermal properties of Indium-filled InxIr4Sb12 skutterudites”, Solid State Sciences, 80, 170-177, 2018.
  3. Way, Z., Wallace, M.K., Diaz, A.L., “VUV optical properties of rare earth doped YPO4 prepared by different routes”, ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, 1, R3163-R3170, 2018.
  4. Kumari, S.L., Wallace, M.K., Barnes, J.T., Tong, B., Ramirez, A.P., Subramanian, M.A., “Charge transfer instability in a mixed Ir/Rh honeycomb lattice in Li2Ir1-xRhxO3 solid solution”, Solid State Sciences, 61, 232-238, 2016.
  5. Wallace, M.K., Diaz, A.L., “Systematic trends in electron-hole pair trapping efficiency of rare earth doped YBO3 under vacuum ultraviolet excitation”, Journal of Luminescence, 161, 403-410, 2015.
  6. Wallace, M.K., Diaz, A.L., “Investigation of e-h trapping efficiency in Eu3+ doped YPO4 using VUV spectroscopy”, ECS transactions, 61, 5, 205-211, 2014.
  7. Wallace, M., Diaz, A.L., “Characterization of electron-Hole pair migration and trapping in rare earth doped YBO3 under vacuum ultraviolet excitation”, SID Digest of Technical Papers, 44, 1, 210-213, 2013.
  8. Wallace, M.K., Diaz, A.L., “Quantitative assessment of host-to-activator energy transfer efficiency of multiple d-orbital trap states for microcrystalline YBO3:Tb3+”, SID Digest of Technical Papers, 44, 1, 1217-1220, 2013.