Jonathan Barnes

​Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD, Northwestern University
BS MS, University of Kentucky
research interests:
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Polymer Synthesis
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Inorganic & Environmental Chemistry
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    • Washington University
    • CB 1134
    • One Brookings Dr.
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    The overarching goal of the Barnes group is to develop next-generation polymeric materials that can be programmed at the (macro)molecular level with precise functions, resulting in advanced materials that have enhanced properties for a broad range of applications. We design and synthesize functional monomers, polymers, and crosslinkers with non-covalent bonding capabilities – i.e., supramolecular properties – that adopt unique pathways of self-assembly and/or activation. Ultimately, the Barnes group seeks to find solutions to problems at the interface of chemistry, engineering, materials science, biology, and medicine.

    The Barnes research group employs a multi-disciplinary approach towards research challenges in the areas of stimuli-responsive polymers and hydrogels, nanoparticle-based combination drug delivery, biomaterials, and topologically complex polymers and materials. The “keystone” of our research program is synthetic organic chemistry, which is central to the preparation of all functional materials in our group. 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.

    Appointments

    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis 
    Siteman Cancer Center Member, Oncologic Imaging Program, Washington University School of Medicine

    Awards and Fellowships

    2019 Kavli Fellow (Kavli Foundation / U.S. National Academy of Sciences)                
    2017 Young Investigator Award (Cancer Research Foundation)                   
    2017 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering (Packard Foundation)        
    2017 Foresight Fellow – Synthetic Polymer Chemistry (Foresight Institute)        
    2015 IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists                
    Northwestern Department of Chemistry Award for Excellence in Graduate Research    
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation    
    2013 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award Winner            
    Department of Energy Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award            
    Northwestern International Institute for Nanotechnology Ryan Fellowship        
    Department of Defense National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
    World Class University Fellowship – NanoCentury KAIST Institute / Korea    
    Thomas B. Nantz Memorial Scholarship (Excellence in Chemistry), University of Kentucky

    Independent Publications & Patents

    Publications (at WashU)

    Li, R.; Li, X.; Zhang, Y.; Delawder, A. O.; Colley. N. D.; Whiting, E.; Barnes, J. C.* Diblock Brush-Arm Star Copolymers via a Core-First/Graft-From Approach Using γ-Cyclodextrin and ROMP: A Modular Platform for Drug Delivery. Polym. Chem. 2020, DOI: 10.1039/C9PY01146C. Part of the 'Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators 2020' issue.

    Delawder, A. O.; Natraj, A.; Colley, N. D.; Saak, T.; Greene, A. F.; Barnes, J. C.* Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Photomechanical Actuator Performance of a Sequence-Defined Polyviologen Macrocrosslinker. Supramol. Chem. 2019, 31, 523–531. Part of the ‘Emerging Supramolecular Chemists in the United States’ special issue.

    Amir, F.; Liles, K. P.; Delawder, A. O.; Colley, N. D.; Palmquist, M. S.; Linder, H. R.; Sell, S. A.; Barnes, J. C.* Reversible Hydrogel Photopatterning: Spatial and Temporal Control Over Gel Mechanical Properties Using Visible-Light Photoredox Catalysis. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11, 24627–24638.

    Liles, K. P.; Greene, A. F.; Danielson, M. K.; Colley, N. D.; Wellen, A.; Fisher, J. A.; Barnes, J. C.* Photoredox-based Actuation of an Artificial Molecular Muscle. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2018, 1700781.

    Greene, A. F.; Danielson, M.; Liles, K. P.; Delawder, A. O.; Li, X.; Natraj, A.; Wellen, A.; Barnes, J. C.* Redox-Responsive Artificial Molecular Muscles: Reversible Radical-Based Self-Assembly for Actuating Hydrogels. Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 9498–9508. 

    Barnes, J. C.*; Mirkin, C. A.* Profile of Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, and Bernard L. Feringa, 2016 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2017, 114, 620–625. 

    Patents (at WashU)

    Barnes, J. C.; Li, X.; Delawder, A. O.; Li, R. U.S. Patent Application 16/370,316. Compositions of Drug Delivery Agents and Methods of Use Thereof. Filed: March 29, 2019.

    Barnes, J. C.; Greene, A. F.; Delawder, A. O.; Liles, K. P. U.S. Patent Application 15/939,515. Actuating Materials and Method of Making and Using the Same. Filed: March 29, 2018.