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STT = St. Thomas Campus,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

STX = Albert A. Sheen Campus,
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

STJ = St. John Academic Center,
St. John, US Virgin Islands

Brathwaite, Antonio, Ph.D.

Brathwaite, Antonio, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Department of Mathematical Sciences




QB 203A


My research combines experimental and theoretical techniques to investigate the structure, bonding interactions and reactivity of various molecular aggregates in the gas phase. Systems investigated include several metal-ligand (ligands – CO, N2, C2H2, H2O, CH3CN, C6H6 etc.) complexes. Molecules are prepared via laser vaporization in a pulsed-nozzle source. Specific ions are mass selected in a homemade time-of-flight mass spectrometer and infrared photodissociation spectroscopy is used to gain insight into their structural identity. The relative simplicity of the gas-phase spectra obtained, provides a basis for direct comparison with theory. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations are carried out in support of the experiments.




  • PhD, University of Georgia, 2013
  • BS, Erskine College, 2009

Selected Publications

  • A. D. Brathwaite, H. L. Abbott-Lyon and M. A. Duncan “Distinctive Coordination of CO and N¬2 to Rhodium Cations: An Infrared and Computational Study” Journal of Physical Chemistry A. (submitted August 2016)
  • O. Gorlova, J. W. DePalma, C. T. Wolke, A. D. Brathwaite, T. T. Odbadrakh, K. D. Jordan, A. B. McCoy and M. A. Johnson “Characterization of the Primary Hydration Shell of the Hydroxide Ion with H2 Tagging Vibrational Spectroscopy of the OH¯(H2O)n=2,3 and OD¯(D2O)n=2,3 Clusters” Journal of Chemical Physics. (accepted September 2016)
  • M. K. Assefa, J. L. Devera*, A. D. Brathwaite, J. D. Mosley and M. A. Duncan “Vibrational Scaling Factors for Transition Metal Carbonyls” Chemical Physics Letters. October 2015, 640, 175.
  • A. F. DeBlase, J. A. Maner, A. D. Brathwaite “The 70th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy” Journal of Physical Chemistry A August 2015, 119, 9570.
  • A. D. Brathwaite, R. S. Walters, T. B. Ward and M. A. Duncan “Cation-π and CH-π Interactions in the Coordination and Solvation of Cu+(acetylene)n Complexes” Journal of Physical Chemistry A May 2015, 119, 5658.