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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

Research Associates

Michelle Warter

Postdoctoral Research Associate, ISP/Applied Sciences Laboratory

(509) 338-7857

Scientific Interest and Work

Understanding chemical reactions using various spectroscopic techniques.

The decomposition of organophosphorus compounds is of interest due to its relevance to the incineration of chemical warfare agents (CWAs). Since work with CWAs is very difficult and hazardous, organophosphorus compounds serve as CWA simulants. The simulants can be exposed to extreme conditions and the products and kinetics can be studied to understand the combustion chemistry of CWAs. Dr. Warter’s research is focused on using optical emission spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and other methods to determine the reaction products and their kinetics after the extreme heating of different organophosphorus compounds.


Dr. Michelle Warter joined the Institute for Shock Physics’ Applied Sciences Laboratory after earning her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Texas A&M University. Dr. Warter’s graduate research focused on the UV photodissociation of ozone. She investigated the scalar and vector properties of ozone photolysis using velocity map ion imaging to help understand the unknown dissociation dynamics.


Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry), 2016, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
B.S. (Chemistry), 2009, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

Representative Publications

  1. M.P. Grubb, M.L. Warter, H.Y. Xiao, S. Maeda, K. Morokuma, S.W. North “No Straight Path: Roaming in Both Ground- and Excited-State Photolytic Channels of NO3 → NO + O2” Science, 335, 1075 (2012).