Dr. Michael Grubb

Dr. Michael Grubb
Associate Professor of Chemistry


  • Physical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Chemical Reaction Dynamics
  • Photochemistry
  • Laser Physics and Optics​


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2012
  • B.S., Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2007


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About Dr. Michael Grubb

Dr. Michael Grubb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Fort Lewis College, where he teaches physical chemistry courses that incorporate a novel computer-program development approach to quantum mechanics. He joined the College in 2016. Prior to joining Fort Lewis, Grubb was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Bristol in England, where he conducted experiments detailing the effect of solvents on the dynamics of uni- and bi- molecular reactions and developed data analysis software for decomposing transient spectra that is used by research groups worldwide.

A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Grubb received the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from 2013-2015, the AFS Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research in 2012, and the Bruno J. Zwolinski Award in Physical Chemistry in 2011.

Since 2009, Grubb has given oral presentations regularly at conferences such as the International Meeting on Atomic and Molecular Physics and Chemistry in Birmingham, United Kingdom (2015), the Dynamics of Molecular Collisions Conference, Asilomar, California (2015), the Southwestern Universities Spectroscopy and Dynamics Conference, Bristol, United Kingdom, (2014), and the Stereodynamics Conference, Paris, France, (2012). In addition, Dr. Grubb publishes regularly in peer-reviewed, scientific journals such as Nature Chemistry, Science, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Chemistry Review, and Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, to name a few. 


  • Awarded 2-year Marie Curie Research Fellowship, a highly competitive European Union research fellowship. 
  • Over 20 scientific publications, with first author publications in high impact journals such as "Science" and "Nature Chemistry."
  • Designed and constructed University of Bristol's Ultrafast Spectroscopy Laboratory.
  • Wrote and published Kinetics Observed After Light Absorption (KOALA) software to non-linearly decompose transient spectral data, now used by research groups worldwide.  
  • Interested in developing new ways to make difficult concepts in quantum mechanics more intuitive through analogies with familiar concepts like sound and music, as well as through the development of visual computer simulation 'playgrounds'.

Selected Publications

M.P. Grubb, P. Coulter, H.J.B. Marroux, B. Hornung, R.S. McMullen, A.J. Orr-Ewing, M.N.R. Ashfold.  “Translational, rotational, and vibrational relaxation dynamics of a solute molecule in a non-interacting solvent,”  Nat. Chem., (in press, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2570) (2016).

K. Roettger, H.J.B. Marroux, M.P. Grubb, P. Coulter, H. Bohnke, A.S. Henderson, M.C. Galan, F. Temps, A.J. Orr-Ewing, G.M. Roberts.  “Ultraviolet Absorption Induces Hydrogen-Atom Transfer in G center dot C Watson-Crick DNA Base Pairs in Solution,”  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54, 49 (2015).

P. Coulter, M.P. Grubb, K. Daisuke, I.V. Sazanovich, G.M. Greetham, A.J. Orr-Ewing.  “Recombination, Solvation, and Reaction of CN Radicals Following Ultraviolet Photolysis of ICN in Organic Solvents,”  J. Phys. Chem. A, 119, 52 (2015).

K. Daisuke, P. Coulter, M.P. Grubb, G.M. Greetham, I.P. Clark, A.J. Orr-Ewing.  “Reaction Dynamics of CN Radicals in Acetonitrile Solutions,”  J. Phys. Chem. A, 119, 52 (2015).

M.P. Grubb, A.J. Orr-Ewing, M.N Ashfold. “KOALA:  A new program for the processing and decomposition of transient spectra,”  Rev. Sci. Inst, 85, 064104 (2014).

M.P. Grubb, M.L. Warter, S.W. North, “Stereodynamics of Multistate Roaming,” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 14, 6733 (2012).

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 àNO + O2,Science, 335, 1075 (2012).

M.P. Grubb, M. L. Warter, C.D. Freeman, N.A. West, K.M. Usakoski, K.M. Johnson, J.A. Bartz, S.W. North, “A method for the determination of speed-dependent semi-classical vector correlations from sliced image anisotropies,” J. Chem. Phys., 135, 94201 (2011).