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.
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.
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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