Julia Thompson is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS). Prior to joining CITS in 2014, she spent 15 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she worked on nonproliferation projects. She earned her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Northwestern University.
Ph.D., Northwestern University 1992, Inorganic Chemistry
M.S., Northwestern University 1992, Inorganic Chemistry
B.S., Beloit College 1987, Chemistry
Dual-use strategic goods
After completing her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University, Dr. Thompson was a Director’s Funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her research focused on the fundamental understanding of heavy metal binding for application to environmental remediation. Following her postdoctoral appointment, Dr. Thompson worked in industry for 5 years. She was the technical lead for the commercialization of the Polymer Filtration technology for PolyIonix Separation Technologies, Inc. The technology focused on the removal and recovery of heavy metal ions from industrial waters using water-soluble polymers. Dr. Thompson then went on to be the Materials Science Manager at Polymer Group Inc. where she managed the materials analysis department, work on technical evaluation of patent reissue applications and led a product team for the development of a recyclable automotive headliner.
After working in industry, Dr. Thompson returned to Los Alamos National Laboratory and was a member of the analytical team at the Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility. She then went on to work on nonproliferation projects. One area of particular interest is the nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction through the export control of strategic goods. While at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Thompson worked on the International Nonproliferation Export Control Program as a technical expert in chemicals and chemical equipment.