Principal Investigator

Gary E. Douberly


Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught and Teaching Philosophy

Gary joined the Department of Chemistry faculty of the University of Georgia in August of 2008.  Since then he has taught junior level Physical Chemistry, senior level Experimental Methods Laboratory, and graduate level Molecular Spectroscopy.  His research interests revolve around the use of high resolution molecular spectroscopy techniques in the service of fundamental problems in cold molecular physics, combustion science, atmospheric science, and astrochemistry. 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.  Most recently, Gary received the Coblentz Memorial Award from the Coblentz Society recognizing advancements in the field of Molecular Spectroscopy by a scientist under the age of 40.

Postdoctoral Associates


Graduate Students

Joseph T. Brice


2013 B.S. Chemistry, University of West Florida

Alaina R. Brown


2014 B.S. Chemistry, Newberry College

Peter R. Franke


2014 B.S. Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University

Gregory T. Pullen


2015 B.S. Chemistry, B.A. Chinese, Wofford College

Travis Jones


2016 B.S. Chemistry, Georgia Gwinnett College

Kale King


2015 B.S. Chemistry, University of West Florida

Former Group Members

Postdoctoral Associates

Paul L. Raston


1999 B.S. Chemistry, Griffith University

2007 Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Wyoming (Advisor: David Anderson)

2007 Postdoctoral Associate, University of Alberta (Advisor: Wolfgang Jaeger)

2011 Postdoctoral Associate, University of Georgia

2013 Ramsay Fellow, University of Adelaide

2015 Assistant Professor, James Madison University

Paul was a feral child born and raised by wild dingoes in the merry ole land of Oz.  Upon being “reintroduced” to civilization, Paul earned his bachelors degree in chemistry and moved to the cowboy state in the US of A.  Surviving on a diet of canned soup and sleeping on a pile of feathers, he eventually defended his Ph.D. thesis on tunnelling reactions in the solid molecular hydrogens (H2, HD, D2).  This was done under the guidance of Assoc. Prof. David T. Anderson and involved learning the techniques of rapid vapor deposition (to grow the crystals; thanks Mario!) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (to analyze them).

A glutton for punishment, Paul ventured deep into the subarctic landscape of Canada to study finite sized superfluidity in the group of Prof. Wolfgang Jäger.  There, he was given the wonderful opportunity to learn and develop upon several different techniques, namely, pulsed nozzle Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy (for the study of small clusters) and helium nanodroplet isolation spectroscopy (for larger droplets).  He recently moved to the south and is fired up to investigate reactive species in helium nanodroplets, and to finally eat some of George Jones’ famous country sausages! He enjoys westerns, Cosmos, vortices (quantized and otherwise), long walks on the beach, etc...

Christopher M. Leavitt


2008 B.S. Chemistry, Wichita State University

2013 Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Yale University (Advisor: Mark Johnson)

2013 Postdoctoral Associate, University of Georgia

2014 Intel Corporation, Portland Oregon

Bernadette Broderick


2010 B.S. Chemistry, Saint Mary's College

2014 Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Wayne State University (Advisor: Arthur Suits)

2014  Postdoctoral Associate, University of Georgia

2015  Research Staff Scientist, University of Missouri

Graduate Students

Alexander M. Morrison


2008 B.S. Chemistry, Kennesaw State University

2012 M.S. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2012 Utrafast Systems, Sarasota Florida

Steven D. Flynn


2008 B.S. Chemistry, North Carolina State University

2013 M.S. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2013 RJ Reynolds, Winston-Salem North Cakalack

Tao Liang


2009 B.S. Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China

2014 Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2014 Coherent, Inc. Shanghai China

Caitlyne C. Shirley


2011 B.S. Chemistry, University of Southern Mississippi

2014 M.S. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2014 SciGenesis, Hattiesburg Mississippi

Emmanuel I. Obi


2011 B.S. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2014 M.S. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2014 Cogent Education, Athens Georgia

Bradley Acrey


2011 B.S. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2014 M.S. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2015 Environmental Protection Agency, Athens Georgia

Christopher P. Moradi


2010 B.S. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2016 Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Georgia

2016 Intel Corporation, Portland Oregon