The Coblentz Award

2015 Award

    The Coblentz Society is happy to announce that the 2015 recipient of the Coblentz Award is Dr. Gary Douberly. 

Dr. Douberly is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia.  His research group has made significant contributions to the development of laser spectroscopic techniques designed for the helium nanodroplet isolation method.  Continuous, effusive pyrolysis sources of molecular radicals and carbenes have been optimized for doping helium nanodroplets, and the Douberly group has reported several spectroscopic studies that describe the fundamental chemical physics of these helium-solvated systems.  The low temperature (0.4 K) and rapid cooling associated with helium droplets provides a perfectly suited medium to isolate and spectroscopically probe these transient species.  Single and double resonance infrared laser spectroscopies are used to probe the structural and dynamical properties of these systems, often with sufficiently high resolution to resolve rotational fine structure.  Moreover, the Douberly group has leveraged the sequential pick-up technique developed by Scoles to investigate the mechanisms associated with several key elementary atmospheric and combustion reactions carried out inside the low temperature helium droplets.  The rational for these studies is that spectroscopic measurements carried out downstream from the pick-up zones are capable of identifying the structural configuration of key intermediates along the reaction path, along with the associated product branching ratios. 

                  Gary E. Douberly received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Central Florida in 2000.  He received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006 under the direction of Roger E. Miller and Tomas Baer, where he contributed to the early development of the Helium Nanodroplet Isolation method.  Following postdoctoral work with Michael A. Duncan at the University of Georgia, he began his faculty appointment at the University of Georgia in 2008.  Professor Douberly has received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the Early Career Award from the Department of Energy Office of Science, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry Lectureship Award.    

About the Coblentz Award

    The Coblentz Award is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist under the age of 40. This award is the Society’s original award (first awarded in 1964), and is the complement of the 'Craver Award' that recognizes young spectroscopists for efforts in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. The candidate must be under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year of the award. The award comprises an honorarium, a plaque with a prism from the periscope of a World War II Navy submarine, and a travel allowance.

Award Symposium

    The award is presented annually.


    Nominations for the 2016 Coblentz Award must include a detailed description of the nominee’s accomplishments, a curriculum vitae or resume, and minimum of three supporting letters. Nominations for 2016 close on July 15, 2015. Files of candidates will be kept active for 3 years or until the age of eligibility is exceeded. Annual updates of candidate files are encouraged and will be solicited from the nomination source by the award’s committee chair.

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Recipients of the Coblentz Award are listed below:

 2015Gary Douberly 
 2014 Peng Chen 
  2013 Nathalie Picqué
  2012 Greg Engel
  2011  --- No Award Presented ---
  2010 Timothy Schmidt
  2009 Benjamin McCall
  2008 Xiaowei Zhuang
  2007 Martin Zanni
  2006 Michael Strano
  2005 Sergey Nizkorodov
  2004 No Award Presented
  2003 Andrea Callegari
  2002 Andrei Tokmakoff
  2001 Stacey Bent
  2000 Martin Gruebele
  1999 Brooks Pate
  1998 Pat Treado
  1997 Moungi G. Bawendi
  1996 Xiaoliang Sunney Xie
  1995 David J. Rakestraw
  1994 A. Paul Alivisatos
  1993 Peter M. Felker
  1992 Thomas R. Rizzo
  1991 Paul W. Bohn
  1990 Hai-Lung Dai
  1989 Geraldine L. Richmond
  1988 Keith A. Nelson
  1987 Alan Campion
  1986 Joel M. Harris
  1985 John F. Rabolt / Graham Fleming
  1984 Stephen R. Leone
  1983 David G. Cameron
  1982 Christopher Patterson
  1981 Laurence A. Nafie
  1980 Richard P. Van Duyne
  1979 Lionel A. Carreira
  1978 Lester Andrews
  1977 Peter R. Griffiths
  1976 Geoffrey Ozin / George Thomas, Jr.
  1975 Bernard J. Bulkin
  1974 C. K. N. Patel
  1973 C. Bradley Moore
  1972 George E. Leroi
  1971 Clive Perry
  1970 Guiseppi Zerbi
  1969 James R. Durig
  1968 Jon T. Hougen
  1967 Peter Krueger
  1966 Edwin Becker
  1965 William Fateley / Robert Snyder
  1964 John Overend