Doon Gibbs leads Brookhaven National Laboratory, a multi-program U.S. Department of Energy laboratory with about 3,000 employees, more than 4,000 facility users each year, and an annual budget of $600 to $700 million. Home to seven Nobel Prizes, Brookhaven Lab features a research portfolio that ranges from fundamental science to innovation, development, and commercialization of technologies, with major programs in nuclear and high energy physics; energy science and technology; biological and environmental research; nonproliferation and national security; and data-driven computational science. Brookhaven Lab's main user facilities include the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials.
Doon Gibbs earned a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Utah in 1977, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1979 and 1982 respectively. He joined Brookhaven in 1983 as an assistant physicist and progressed through the ranks to become a senior physicist in 2000. Gibbs's managerial experience at Brookhaven includes the posts of Group Leader of X-ray Scattering, Associate and Deputy Chair of Physics, Head of Condensed Matter Physics, Interim Director of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Associate Laboratory Director for Basic Energy Sciences, and Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology. He became Laboratory Director in 2013.
Gibbs was honored with the 2003 Advanced Photon Source Arthur H. Compton Award "for pioneering theoretical and experimental work in resonant magnetic x-ray scattering, which has led to many important applications in condensed matter physics." Gibbs was instrumental in overseeing the design and construction of Brookhaven's Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and has played a significant role in advancing other major Lab projects including the National Synchrotron Light Source II and Interdisciplinary Science Building. He has also overseen the growth of Brookhaven's basic energy sciences programs in chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, and condensed matter physics.
Gibbs is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.