Dr. Barnes received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 1977; he earned a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Stanford University in 1982. He then undertook postdoctoral work in chemistry at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. In 1984, Dr. Barnes joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee.
Current research projects include: the synthesis and reactivity of cluster complexes of cobalt, rhodium and iridium; the preparation of glassy carbon materials doped with different transition metal clusters; and the characterization of rhodium and iridium species bound to the surfaces of different oxide support materials. In addition to becoming familiar with the foundations of organometallic chemistry, members of my group become experienced in the manipulation and characterization of air sensitive materials and make extensive use of both solid and solution state NMR spectroscopies, extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) and electrochemical methodologies.