School of Physical Sciences


Barry attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, Canada and graduated with a BSc in Honors Chemistry in 2003. He then moved to the University of Western Ontario in London, ON, Canada where he graduated with a PhD in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. James Wisner. In 2008, Barry accepted a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) with Prof. David Leigh (now at the University of Manchester). Following this fellowship, he accepted an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada) in 2010 to work with Prof. Suning Wang at Queen's University in Kingston, ON, Canada. Barry joined the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK in January 2013 as a Lecturer in Chemistry.

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Room 307, Ingram Building

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Marshall, R. et al. (2017). Functional Versatility of a Series of Zr MOFs Probed by Solid-State Photoluminescence Spectroscopy. Journal of the American Chemical Society [Online]. Available at:
Blight, B. et al. (2017). Four new families of polynuclear Zn-Ln coordination clusters. Synthetic, topological, magnetic and luminescent aspects. Crystal Growth and Design [Online]. Available at:
Löschmann, N. et al. (2016). ABCB1 as predominant resistance mechanism in cells with acquired SNS-032 resistance. Oncotarget [Online] 7. Available at:
Fard, Z. et al. (2016). Alkaline-earth phosphonate MOFs with reversible hydration-dependent fluorescence. Chemical Communications [Online] 52:12865-12868. Available at:
Shipman, M., Ramhit, K. and Blight, B. (2016). Sensing a Bacillis anthracis biomarker with well-known OLED emitter EuTta3Phen. Journal of Materials Chemistry B [Online]. Available at:
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Research Interests

Molecular recognition and directed self-assembly are two major themes in the research that this group carries out. By using design principles that take advantage of inherent reactivity and complimentary non-covalent interactions, we hope to synthesize 'smart materials' that improve on the state-of-the-art efficiency, while reducing the number of synthetic steps. Research interests include: heterogeneous catalysis employing chiral MOFs, supramolecular allostery in catalysis, and influences of hydrogen bonding in organic materials.

Metal Organic Frameworks in Catalysis
We are interested in producing solvolytically stable homochiral MOFs for heterogeneous catalysis by incorporating chiral struts in the MOF architecture. Researchers will gain a number of skills while working with these materials including, organic synthesis, coordination chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and more...

Strong Hydrogen Bonding in Polymer Devices
We are interested in exploring the effects of strong hydrogen bonding in conventional light-harvesting polymer material and other electro- or photoactive organic substrates. Researchers will gain a number of skills while working with these materials including, organic synthesis, some coordination chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, calorimetry, optical spectroscopy, and more... 

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Completed Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Kent.
Awarded 2015 Faculty of Science Teaching Prize.

CH309: Fundamental Organic Chemistry for Physical Scientists
CH530: Polymeric and Organic Materials (lectures and practical labs)
PS534: Inorganic Chemistry, Fibres and Microscopy
CH624: Transformations and Chirality in Organic Chemistry

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School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 25/11/2015