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Andrew R. Barron

Charles W. Duncan, Jr. - Welch Chair of Chemistry & Professor of Materials Science & NanoEngineering

Professor Barron is the Charles W. Duncan, Jr. – Welch Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at Rice University. Research in the Barron Group is currently aimed at the development of rational molecular design approach to materials synthesis, with an emphasis on the leap from synthesis to application of nano-based materials. Since 2002, the focus of research within the Barron Research Group has involved the functionalization of fullerenes and single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs).

 Areas being investigated include: biological applications and interactions, catalysis and materials applications. Functionalization of fullerenes as amino acids allows for their inclusion into polypeptides for the development of new approaches to the treatment of flagrant diseases. The development of a catalytic approach for the amplification of SWNTs may be likened to the polymerase chain reaction for DNA and is aimed at the fabrication of specific nanotube structures for energy applications.

Professor Barron created the first educational programs at Rice to span the Schools of Science, Engineering and Management, and is also a co-director of the Rice Alliance for Entrepreneurship. He is also actively involved with educational programs in collaboration with the Rice section of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Publications

S. J. Maguire-Boyle, D. J. Garner, J. E. Heimann, L. Gao, A. W. Orbaek, and A. R. Barron Automated method for determining the flow of surface functionalized nanoparticles through a mineral formation using plasmonic silver nanoparticles. .  

E. Andreoli, E. P. Dillon, L. Cullum, L. B. Alemany, and A. R. Barron C60-cross-linked PEI for high capacity and selective CO2 capture..  

E. Andreoli, L. Cullum, and A. R. Barron Carbon dioxide absorption by polyethyleneimine-functionalized nanocarbons: a kinetic study. .  

S. J. Corr, M. Raoof, B. T. Cisneros, A. W. Orbaek, M. A. Cheney, A. R. Barron, L. J. Wilson, and S. A. Curley Heating properties and alignment of highly enriched semiconducting and metallic single-walled carbon nanotubes in a radiofrequency electric field. .  

H. Rutledge, B. L. Chatelain, S. J. Maguire-Boyle, and A. R. Barron Imbedding germanium quantum dots in silica by means of a modified Stoeber method..  

L. McJilton, C. Horton, C. Kittrell, D. Ogrin, H. Peng, F. Liang, W. E. Billups, H. K. Schmidt, R. H. Hauge, R. E. Smalley, A. R. Barron Nebulization of single-walled carbon nanotubes for respiratory toxicity studies., Carbon, 2009, 47, 2528-2530.  

E. P. Dillon, E. Andreoli, L. Cullum, and A. R. Barron Polyethyleneimine functionalized nanocarbons for the efficient absorption of carbon dioxide with a low temperature of regeneration. .  

A. W. Orbaek, L. Morrow, S. J. Maguire-Boyle, and A. R. Barron Reagent control over the composition of mixed metal oxide nanoparticles. .  

M. V. Liga, S. J. Maguire-Boyle, H. R. Jafry, A. R. Barron, and Q. Li Silica decorated TiO2 for virus inactivation in drinking water – green synthesis method and mechanism of enhancement..  

A. W. Orbaek, M, Phillips, R. T. Hamerly, L. Bodunrin, E. Rivera, A. Frewer, M. McHale, and A. R. Barron Silver nanotechnology as a doorway to science education and practice-based learning. .  

A. W. Orbaek, N. Aggarwal, and A. R. Barron The development of a ‘process map’ for the growth of carbon nanomaterials from ferrocene by injection CVD..  

E. Andreoli, L. Morrow, C. A. Crouse, E. P. Dillon, and A. R. Barron A study of cellulosic/silicate coated welding rods during breakage and cutting: assessment of environmental and health exposure. .  Main Group Chem., 2013

R. E. Anderson and A. R. Barron Catalytic epoxidation of C60 using Mo(O)2(acac)2/tBuOOH. .  Dalton Trans., 42 2013: 2186-2191

H. R. Jafry, R. C. Tailor, G. Ibbott, and A. R. Barron Coating carbon nanotubes with lead sulfide and bismuth siulfide. H. R. Jafry, R. C. Tailor, G. Ibbott, and A. R. Barron, Main Group. Chem., 2013, 12, 67-86. Coating carbon nanotubes with lead sulfide and bismuth siulfide. .  Main Group. Chem., 12 2013: 67-86

A. W. Orbaek and A. R. Barron Complications pertaining to the detection and characterization of individual and embedded single walled carbon nanotubes by scanning electron microscopy .  Nanoscale,, 5 2013: 2790-2797

Y.-T. Lu and A. R. Barron Nanopore-type black silicon anti-reflection layers fabricated by a one-step silver-assisted chemical etching. .  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15 2013: 9862-9870.

J. Yang, T. J. Barbarich, and A. R. Barron SiO2 template-derived polyurethane and alumina nanoparticle-polyurethane lithium ion separator membranes..  Main Group Chem., 12 2013: 45-56

A. W. Orbaek, A. C. Owens, C. C. Crouse, C. L. Pint, R. H. Hauge, and A. R. Barron Single walled carbon nanotube growth and chirality dependence on catalyst composition. .  Nanoscale, 5 2013: ,DOI: 10.1039/C3NR03142J

B. Manshian, G. J. S. Jenkins, P. M. Williams, C. Wright, A. R. Barron, A. P. Brown, N. Hondow, P. R. Dunstan, R. Rickman, K. Brady, and S. H. Doak Single-walled carbon nanotubes: differential genotoxic potential associated with physico-chemical properties, .  Nanotoxicology, 7 2013: 144-156

E. Dillon, M. S. Bhutani, and A. R. Barron Small molecule capture and release from PEI-functionalized single walled carbon nanotubes, .  J. Mater. Chem., B, 2013, 1, B, 2013, 1 2013: 1461-1465

C. E. Hamilton, D. J. Flood, and A. R. Barron Thin film CdSe/CuSe photovoltaic on a flexible single walled carbon nanotube substrate. .  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15 2013: 3930-3938

A. W. Orbaek and A. R. Barron Towards a ‘catalyst activity map’ regarding the nucleation and growth of single walled carbon nanotubes. .  J. Exp. Nanosci., 2013, 8, in press. 2013

P. B. Amama, S. A. Putnam, A. R. Barron, and B. Maruyama Wetting behaviour and activity of catalyst supports in carbon nanotube carpet growth .  Nanoscale, 2013, 5, in press. 2013

A. R. Barron A frac-tious issue.  Public Service Review: European Union, 24 2012: 252-253

S. J. Maguire-Boyle, M. V. Liga, Q. Li, and A. R. Barron Alumoxane/ferroxane nanoparticles for the removal of viral pathogens: the importance of surface functionality to nanoparticle activity.  Nanoscale, 4 2012: 5627-5632

N. J. Alley, K.-S. Liao, E. Andreoli, S. Dias, E. P. Dillon, A. W. Orbaek, A. R. Barron, H. J. Byrne, and S. A. Curran Effect of carbon nanotube-fullerene hybrid additives on P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaics.  Synthetic Met., 162 2012: 95-101

M. Majumder, C. S. Rendall, J. A. Eukel, J. Y. L. Wang, N. Behabtu, C. L. Pint, T.-Y. Liu, A. W. Orbaek, F. Mirri, J. Nam, A. R. Barron, R. H. Hauge, H. K. Schmidt, and M. Pasquali Overcoming “coffee-stain” effect by compositional marangoni flow assisted drop-drying.  J. Phys. Chem., 116 2012: 6536-6542

B. Manshian, G. J. S. Jenkins, P. M. Williams, C. Wright, A. R. Barron, A. P. Brown, N. Hondow, P. R. Dunstan, R. Rickman, K. Brady, and S. H. Doak Single-walled carbon nanotubes: differential genotoxic potential associated with physico-chemical properties.  Nanotoxicology 2012

A. R. Barron The light at the end of the tunnel. .  Public Service Review: European Union, 23 2012: 438-439

B. L. Oliva and A. R. Barron Thin films of silica imbedded silicon and germanium quantum dots by solution processing.  Mat. Sci. Semicon., 15 2012: 713-721

S. J. Maguire-Boyle and A. R. Barron A new functionalization strategy for oil/water separation membranes.  J. Membr. Sci., 382 2011: 107-115

H. R. Jafry, M. V. Liga, Q. Li, and A. R. Barron A simple route to enhanced photocatalytic activity of P25 titanium dioxide nanoparticles by silica addition..  Environ. Sci. Technol., 45 2011: 1563-1568

J. J. Allen and A. R. Barron Demonstration of remote steric differentiation of cis/trans alkene coordination in copper(I) complexes of aryl substituted bis(2-pyridyl)amine.  Dalton Trans., 40 2011: 1189-1194

S. M. Griffiths, N. Singh, G. J. S. Jenkins, P. M. Williams, A. W. Orbaek, A. R. Barron, C. Wright, and S. H. Doak Dextran coated ultrafine superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: compatability with common fluorometric and colorimetric dyes.  Anal. Chem., 83 2011: 3778-3785

H. R. Jafry, M. Pasquali, and A. R. Barron Effect of functionalized nanomaterials on the rheology of borate cross-linked guar gum..  Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 50 2011: 3259-3264

A. R. Barron From source to use: How the armchair quantum wire can enable a sustainable global energy future.  Public Service Review, 22 2011: 232-233

A. R. Barron How is the experience of the Rice Alliance relevant to the development of the yellow river delta eco-economic zone Binzhou? .  J. Binzhou University, 27 2011: 29-31

A. W. Orbaek, A. C. Owens, and A. R. Barron Increasing the efficiency of single walled carbon nanotube amplification by Fe-Co catalysts through the optimization of CH4:H2 partial pressures.  Nano Lett., 11 2011: 2871-2874

H. R. Jafry, M. V. Liga, Q. Li, and A. R. Barron Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) as templates for the growth of TiO2: the effect of silicon in coverage and the positive and negative synergies for the photocatalytic degradation of Congo red dye.  New J. Chem., 35 2011: 400-406

N. Doostdar, C. Smith, M. B. Hamill, and A. R. Barron Synthesis of calcium-silica composites: a route towards an in-vitro model system for calcific band keratopathy precipitates.  J. Biomed Mater. Res., 99A 2011: 173-183

J. J. Brege and A. R. Barron Using fluorescence quenching of single walled carbon nanotubes with metal ions as a probe of surfactant…SWNT interactions..  Main Group Chem., 10 2011: 89-104

T. A. Strom and A. R. Barron A simple quick route to fullerene amino acid derivatives..  Chem. Commun. 2010: 4764-4766

V. C. Moore, L. A. McJilton, S. T. Pheasant, C. Kittrell, R. E. Anderson, D. Ogrin, F. Liang, R. H. Hauge, H. K. Schmidt, J. M. Tour, W. E. Billups, A. R. Barron, and R. E. Smalley Controlled attachment of metal nanoparticles to single walled carbon nanotubes as a key step in their seeded growth and lengthening..  Carbon, 48 2010: 557-570

J. J. Allen, C. E. Hamilton, and A. R. Barron Cross coupling of substituted anilines with quinoline: synthesis and structural characterization of HN(py)quin, PhN(py)quin, MesN(py)quin, and [PhN(py)(H-quin)]BF4.  J. Chem. Cryst., 2 2010: 137-144

N. T. Alvarez, A. Orbraek, A. R. Barron, J. M. Tour, and R. H. Hauge Dendrimer-assisted self-assembled monolayer of iron nanoparticle for vertical array carbon nanotube growth..  ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces., 2 2010: 15-18

T. A. Strom, E. P. Dillon, C. E. Hamilton, and A. R. Barron Nitrene addition to exfoliated graphene: a one-step route to highly functionalized graphene..  Chem. Commun. 2010: 4097-4099

K.-S. Liao, J. Wang, D. Früchtl, N. J. Alley, E. Andreoli, E. P. Dillon, A. R. Barron, H. Kim, H. J. Byrne, W. J. Blau, and S. A. Curran Optical limiting study of double wall carbon nanotube-fullerene hybrids..  Chem. Phys. Letters,, 489 2010: 207-211

J. R. Lomeda, Z. Sun, J. M. Tour, and A. R. Barron Radical addition of perfluorinated alkyl iodides to multi-layered graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes..  Nano Res., 3 2010: 138-145

J. J. Allen, C. E. Hamilton, and A. R. Barron Synthesis and characterization of aryl-substituted bis(2-pyridyl)amines and their copper olefin complexes: investigation of remote steric control over olefin binding..  Dalton Trans. 2010: 11451-11468

J. J. Allen, C. E. Hamilton, and A. R. Barron, J. Chem. Cryst., 2010, 2, 130-136 Synthesis and structural characterization of (2,6-iPr2C6H3)N(quin)2 and [Cu{(2,6-iPr2C6H3)N(quin)2}2]BF4..  J. Chem. Cryst., 2 2010: 103-136

Alvin Orbaek, Mary McHale, Andrew R. Barron Silver Nanoparticles: A Case Study in Cutting Edge Research.  Connexions 2009

Caoimhe de Fréin, Andrew R. Barron Thermogravimetric Analysis of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes.  Connexions 2009

L. W. Zhang, J. Yang, A. R. Barron, and N. A. Monteiro-Riviere Endocytic mechanisms and toxicity of a functionalized fullerene in human cells.  Tox. Lett., 191 2009: 149-157

Andrew R. Barron Isotopes of Hydrogen.  Connexions 2009

M. R. Khan and A. R. Barron Carbon fibers: opportunities and challenges.  Adv. Mater. Processes, 166 2008: 47-49

C. L. Edwards, R. Morgan, L. Norman, and A. R. Barron Correlation of cement performance property measurements with C3S/C2S ratio determined by solid state 29Si NMR measurements.  Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 47 2008: 5456-5463

L. Zeng, L. B. Alemany, C. L. Edwards, and A. R. Barron Demonstration of covalent sidewall functionalization of single wall carbon nanotubes by NMR spectroscopy: side chain length dependence on the observation of the sidewall sp3 carbons.  Nano Res., 1 2008: 72-88

C. E. Hamilton, D. Ogrin, L. McJilton, V. C. Moore, R. Anderson, R. E. Smalley, and A. R. Barron Functionalization of SWNTs to facilitate the coordination of metal ions, compounds and clusters.  Dalton Trans. 2008: 2937-2944

J. Chattopadhyay, A. Mukherjee, C. E. Hamilton, J. H. Kang, S. Chakraborty, W. Guo, K. F. Kelly, A. R. Barron and W. E. Billups Graphite epoxide.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130 2008: 5414-5415

Andrew R. Barron, Don Johnson Portland Cement in the Energy Industry .  Connexions 2008

C. Crouse and A. R. Barron, Reagent control over the size, uniformity, and composition of Co-Fe-O nanoparticle.  J. Mater. Chem., 18 2008: 4146-4153

R. Colorado, Jr., C. Crouse, C. N. Zeigler, and A. R. Barron, Self-assembled monolayers and multilayers of the nanocluster [HxPMo12O40⊂H4Mo72Fe30(O2CMe)15O254(H2O)98] on gold.  Langmuir, 24 2008: 8912-8917

C. A. Crouse, E. P. Dillon, and A. R. Barron Synthesis and characterization of covalently attached polyethyleneimine functionalized single-wall carbon nanotubes.  ACS Nano, 2 2008: 156-164

D. Ogrin, R. E. Anderson, R. Colorado, Jr., B. Maruyama, M. J. Pender, V. C. Moore, S. T. Pheasant, L. McJilton, H. K. Schmidt, R. H. Hauge, W. E. Billups, J. M. Tour, R. E. Smalley, and A. R. Barron Amplification of single walled carbon nanotubes from designed seeds: separation of nucleation and growth.  ,J. Phys. Chem. B, 111 2007: 17804-17806

J. G. Rouse, J. P. Ryman-Rasmussen, J. Yang, A. R. Barron, and N. A. Monteiro-Riviere Effects of mechanical flexion on the penetration of fullerene amino acid-derivatized peptide nanoparticles through skin.  Nano Lett., 7 2007: 155-160

Barron Research Group
Barron Research Group

  • Post-doctoral Research Associate (1986-1987) University of Texas, Austin
  • Ph.D. (1983-1986) Imperial College of Science and Technology
  • D.I.C. (1983-1986) Imperial College of Science and Technology
  • B.Sc. (1st Class, Hons) (1980-1983) Imperial College of Science and Technology
  • A.R.C.S. (1980-1983) Imperial College of Science and Technology
  • Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
  • Environmental and Energy Systems Institute
  • Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • Inorganic Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology
Email: arb@rice.edu
Phone: (713) 348-5610
Office: Dell Butcher Hall, 410C