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Brandon R. Barnett


  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry

PhD, University of California, San Diego, 2016

471  Hutchison Hall
(585) 275-8286


Research Overview

Research in the Barnett group seeks novel approaches toward the functionalization and separation of important chemical feedstocks. Our work lies at the interface of organometallic and inorganic materials chemistry, and our wide-ranging interests encompass both fundamental and applied chemistry. Specific aims include:

  • The synthesis of new inorganic catalysts that combine the shape-selectivity of certain zeolites and enzymes with the privileged tunability of discreet molecular species
  • The development of energy-saving alternatives to industrially relevant molecular separations using adsorbent and membrane technology
  • Leveraging the robust nature of metal–organic frameworks and zeolites to isolate and manipulate highly reactive chemical motifs

Members of the group will gain expertise in air-free and benchtop synthetic procedures, as well as state-of-the-art characterization techniques vital to pursuits in inorganic and materials/physical chemistry.

Selected Publications

  • Barnett, B.R.; Parker, S.T.; Paley, M.V.; Biggins, N.; Gonzalez, M.I.; Oktawiec, J.; Long, J.R. “Thermodynamic Separation of 1-Butene from 2-Butene in Metal–Organic Frameworks with Open Metal Sites.” J. Am. Chem. Soc.2019, 141, 18325-18333. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b09942
  • Barnett, B.R.; Neville, M.L; Moore, C.E.; Rheingold, A.L.; Figueroa, J.S. “Oxidative-Insertion Reactivity Across a Geometrically Constrained Metal-Borane Interaction.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2017, 56, 7195-7199. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201702151
  • Barnett, B.R.‡; Labios, L.A.‡; Stauber, J.M.‡; Moore, C.E.; Rheingold, A.L.; Figueroa, J.S. “Synthetic and Mechanistic Interrogation of Pd/Isocyanide-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling: -Acidic Ligands Enable Self-Aggregating Monoligated Pd(0) Intermediates.” Organometallics2017, 36, 944-954. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00035  (‡ denotes equal contributions)
  • Barnett, B.R.; Rheingold, A.L.; Figueroa, J.S. “Monomeric Chini-Type Triplatinum Clusters Featuring Dianionic and Radical-Anionic π*-Systems.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2016, 55, 9253-9258. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201604903
  • Smith, S.J.; Radford, R.J.; Subramanian, R.H.; Barnett, B.R.; Figueroa, J.S.; Tezcan, F.A. “Tunable Helicity, Stability and DNA-Binding Properties of Short Peptides with Hybrid Metal Coordination Motifs.” Chem. Sci.2016, 7, 5453-5461. DOI: 10.1039/C6SC00826G
  • Barnett, B.R.; Moore, C.E.; Chandrasekaran, P.; Sproules, S.; Rheingold, A.L.; DeBeer, S.; Figueroa, J.S. “Metal-only Lewis Pairs Between Group 10 Metals and Tl(I) or Ag(I): Insights into the Electronic Consequences of Z-type Ligand Binding.” Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 7169-7178. DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03104D
  • Barnett, B.R.; Labios, L.A.; Moore, C.E.; England, J.; Rheingold, A.L.; Wieghardt, K.; Figueroa, J.S. “Solution Dynamics of Redox Noninnocent Nitrosoarene Ligands: Mapping the Electronic Criteria for the Formation of Persistent Metal-Coordinated Nitroxide Radicals.” Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 7110-7121. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b01252
  • Barnett, B.R.; Moore, C.E.; Rheingold, A.L.; Figueroa, J.S. “Frustrated Lewis Pair Behavior of Monomeric (boryl)iminomethanes Accessed from Isocyanide 1,1-hydroboration.” Chem. Commun.2015, 51, 541-544. DOI: 10.1039/C4CC08037H
  • Carpenter, A.E.; McNeece, A.J.; Barnett, B.R.; Estrada, A.L.; Mokhtarzadeh, C.C.; Moore, C.E.; Rheingold, A.L.; Perrin, C.L.; Figueroa, J.S. “Direct Observation of -Chloride Elimination from an Isolable -Chloroalkyl Complex of Square Planar Nickel.” J. Am. Chem. Soc.2014, 136, 15481-15484. DOI: 10.1021/ja508956q
  • Barnett, B.R.; Moore, C.E.; Rheingold, A.L.; Figueroa, J.S. “Cooperative Transition Metal/Lewis Acid Bond-Activation Reactions by a Bidentate (Boryl)iminomethane Complex: A Significant Metal-Borane Interaction Promoted by a Small Bite-Angle LZ Chelate.”J. Am. Chem. Soc.2014, 136, 10262-10265. DOI: 10.1021/ja505843g

(‡Equal contributions. § Undergraduate coauthor.)