Welcome to the Barnes Laboratory!

The Barnes Integrated Materials Research Group employs a multi-disciplinary approach towards research challenges in the areas of stimuli-responsive materials, combination therapeutics, and porous crystalline materials that serve as a platform for catalysis, chemical separation, and energy storage applications.  The “keystone” of our research program is based on using known methodologies in synthetic organic chemistry.  Supramolecular and polymer chemistries are directly associated with this keystone, and together, all three areas represent the foundation of the research group.  We aim to build on this foundation by constructing novel 'smart' materials with well-defined functions – for both fundamental and applied purposes – that will ultimately lead us down research pathways in the areas of nanomaterials, biomedical engineering, and inorganic and environmental chemistries. 

Researchers who join the Barnes laboratory will gain valuable experience in a broad range of areas and techniques, such as synthetic chemistry, spectrometric identification of organic compounds, polymer synthesis, characterization of non-covalent bonding interactions and host-guest systems, absorption spectroscopy, electrochemistry, size-exclusion chromatography, dynamic light scattering, cell culturing, and in vivo efficacy studies.  The new Barnes Group research space will consist of a large synthesis laboratory (multiple fume hoods, glovebox, solvent purification system, etc.), in addition to a biological laboratory (complete with a cell culture room) and an instrument room for electrochemistry and optical absorption spectroscopy experiments.

Washington University's beautiful Danforth campus!



Link to the Chemistry Department's Home Page 

Link to My Course, Chemistry 452: Synthetic Polymer Chemistry

News & Updates

March 13th, 2017

Jonathan has been selected by the Foresight Institute to be a member of the 2017 class of Foresight Fellows!  This is a great opportunity to network with a lot of talented individuals from so many different areas of science and engineering!


January 17th, 2017

A highlight of the 2016 Chemistry Nobel Prize written by Jonathan and Chad Mirkin appears online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences!


January 4th, 2017

Congratulations to Abby Delawder, Matthew Straub, and Joseph Warner, all first-year graduate students in the Barnes group who were selected to receive a GAANN Fellowship sponsored by the Department of Education!  Only six of these multi-year fellowships were available for this year's class of graduate students in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University, so their selection is quite the achievement.  Congrats again Abby, Matt, and Joe!!


***December 6th to 11th, 2016***

Dr. Barnes makes his way to Stockholm, Sweden to partake in the Nobel Week festivities as an invited guest of one of this year's Chemistry Nobel Laureates, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart!!  


***October 5th, 2016***

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has selected Sir J. Fraser Stoddart (Prof. Barnes' PhD advisor), Jean-Pierre Sauvage, and Ben Feringa to receive the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines"!!!  These three amazing chemists deserve this recognition not only for their contributions to science, but also for their class and professionalism which they have exhibited over the past five decades.  Congratulations all around!!!


September 19th, 2016

The Barnes Group is happy to welcome two more undergraduate researchers in Troy Kincaid and Josh Chartock!


September 12th, 2016

Xuesong Li begins his first day as a postdoctoral associate in the Barnes Research Group!  Welcome aboard Xuesong!!! 


September 2nd, 2016

The Barnes Group is happy to welcome our first undergraduate researchers Anusree Natraj and Mary Danielson, with several more on the way! Corresponding member profiles coming soon...


August 3rd, 2016

Kevin Liles completes his summer research stint with the Barnes Group and is now switching gears to get ready for the start of what will no doubt be a stellar graduate career in chemistry at Washington University!  His invaluable contributions this summer will definitely be missed!


August 1st, 2016

Angelique Greene begins her first day as a postdoctoral associate in the Barnes Research Group!  Welcome aboard Angelique!!! 


May 11th, 2016

Jonathan has been invited to attend the Cottrell Scholars' New Faculty Workshop this fall (August 4-6) in Washington, DC!  The workshop will be a great opportunity to network with other newly appointed faculty from around the country and to learn the ins and outs of jump-starting one's independent academic career!! 


April 24th, 2016

The Barnes Group welcomes three new members: Postdoctoral Associates Angelique F. Greene (PhD: Tulane University, USA) and Xuesong Li (PhD: University of Bordeaux, France), as well as incoming Graduate Student Kevin Liles (Summer research)!  Looking forward to a productive Summer!!


March 25th, 2016

Jonathan will be at Wash U again getting the chance to meet with additional prospective graduate students, telling them all about the rich and diverse research that is ripe for the taking in the Chemistry Department at Wash U! 


March 13th-16th, 2016

Jonathan will be in San Diego for the ACS National Meeting's Poly division.  Looking forward to a great conference in sunny SoCal!


March 4th-5th, 2016

Jonathan will be at Wash U getting the chance to meet with prospective graduate students and demonstrating his awesome prowess at the bowling alley!  Sounds like fun!


March 2016

The Barnes Research Group is currently looking for very talented and highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students and a postdoctoral associate/fellow!


February 2016

The Barnes Group site launches on Leap Day!