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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

Research Associates

Michael Mark

Postdoctoral Research Associate, ISP/Applied Sciences Laboratory

(509) 358-7851

Scientific Interests and Work

Dr. Mark’s current work involves the use of optical spectroscopy to monitor the properties of materials, such as a chemical’s oxidation state, while it undergoes a chemical reaction.

Use of Raman spectroscopy for such applications is advantageous as it is sensitive to small differences in chemical structure while being non-interacting. Further, development of this technique can be used for real-time in situ analysis of chemical reactions.


Dr. Michael Mark joined the Institute for Shock Physics’ Applies Sciences Laboratory (ASL) after completion of his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Rochester. His graduate work involved using various spectroscopic techniques, including Raman and ultrafast pulsed laser spectroscopies, to understand the mechanisms of energy and electron transfer occurring on sub-picosecond timescales in materials designed for alternative energy.


Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry), 2018, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
M.S. (Chemistry), 2015, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
B.A (Chemistry), 2012, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

Representative Publications

  1. Li, G., Mark, M.F., Lv, H., McCamant, D.W., Eisenberg, R. “Rhodamine-Platinum Diimine Dithiolate Complex Dyads as Efficient and Robust Photosensitizers for Light-Driven Aqueous Proton Reduction to Hydrogen.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 7, 2575-2586 (2018).
  2. Mark, M.F., Kryman, M., Detty, M., McCamant, D. “Intermolecular Charge-Separation in Aggregated Rhodamine Dyes Used in Solar Hydrogen Production.” J. Phys. Chem. C. 122(29), 16519-16531 (2018).
  3. Ho, P., Mark, M.F., Wang, Y., Yiu, S.C., Yu, W.H., Ho, C.L., McCamant, D.W., Huang, S. “Panchromatic Sensitization Using Zn(II) Porphyrin-Based Photosensitizers for Light-Driven Hydrogen Production from Water.” ChemSusChem 11, 15, 2517-2528, (2018)
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