Brandon R. Barnett, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Starting Jan. 2021)
University of Rochester

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (2016-Present)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, San Diego (2016)
B.S. Chemistry, Pepperdine University, Summa Cum Laude (2011)

Selected Awards and Honors
ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award (2017)
UC San Diego Teddy G. Traylor Award (2015)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2013)
Deptartment of Education GAANN Fellowship (2013)
Pepperdine University Most Outstanding Graduate in the Natural Sciences (2011)
Tooma Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2010)
Junior Giants Scholar, San Francisco Giants Community Fund (2007)

Brief Bio
Brandon matriculated at Pepperdine University as a psychology major, but soon discovered his love for the physical sciences. After deciding to pursue chemistry, he began research in the lab of Prof. Joseph Fritsch, where he investigated the cobalt-catalyzed reductive dechlorination of chlorinated ethylenes and synthesized new zinc-based initiators for lactide polymerization. Desiring more time in a lab with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Brandon headed south on I-5 to undertake doctoral studies in the laboratory of Prof. Joshua Figueroa at UC San Diego. As both a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Department of Education GAANN Fellow, Brandon studied the chemistry of reduced nickel, palladium, and platinum complexes bearing encumbering isocyanide ligands. Brandon next moved to UC Berkeley to perform postdoctoral work with Prof. Jeffrey R. Long. There, his work has examined the use of metal–organic frameworks for applications in hydrocarbon separations and hydrogen storage.

Brandon will begin his appointment as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in January 2021. He is particularly excited to assemble and mentor a diverse group of students who are passionate for scientific discovery. He’s also intrigued to learn more about this thing called “weather.”

For info on the research interests of the Barnett group, please click here. You can also follow Brandon on Twitter (@BRBchemistry).