Dr. Michael Grubb

Dr. Michael Grubb
Associate Professor of Chemistry


  • Physical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Chemical Reaction Dynamics
  • Photochemistry
  • Laser Physics
  • 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 has taught physical and general chemistry courses since 2016. Before joining Fort Lewis, Dr. Grubb was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Bristol in England. He conducted ultrafast spectroscopy experiments and developed data analysis software for decomposing transient spectra used by research groups worldwide.

His recent research focuses on "Trash Chemistry":  building high-functioning scientific instrumentation from commonly available or discarded items.  

In 2016, Dr. Grubb started the first annual Fort Lewis Science Open House, an event he organizes and performs each spring.

Selected Publications

B.A. Maitland, J. W. Tune, M.P. Grubb. "Identification of the natural origin of waterproofing pine pitch in historical southwest American Indian basketry through gas chromatography-mass spectrometry." J. Archaeol. Sci. 30, 102190 (2020).

F.W. Eagle, K. Seaney, M.P. Grubb. "A musical analogy to quantum mechanics." J. Chem. Ed., 94, 1989-1994 (2017).

M.P. Grubb, P.M. 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., 8, 1042 (2016).

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, 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).