Dr Timothy Barendt MChem (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Timothy Barendt

School of Chemistry
Associate Professor in Supramolecular Chemistry

Contact details

Haworth Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Timothy Barendt is a Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry.

His research interests span inorganic, organic and materials chemistry, with specific projects within supramolecular host–guest chemistry, organic dye molecules and molecular machines. This aims to improve our fundamental understanding of non-covalent bonding, the interactions of molecules with light and electron transfer processes. Applications include sensing of biological/medical substrates and green energy such as solar cells.

In the past, this research has been funded through the EPSRC and Royal Society of Chemistry. For more information, please visit Tim's personal research page.


  • DPhil, Inorganic Chemistry, 2016, University of Oxford
  • MChem, Chemistry, 2012, University of Oxford


Tim graduated with an MChem in 2012 from the University of Oxford and then a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Paul Beer. His PhD research was focused on molecular motion within interlocked molecules such as rotaxanes and catenanes. In 2016 Tim was awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize and then a Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford (Christ Church), working in the Departments of Chemistry and Materials on the supramolecular chemistry of fullerenes and photoactive host–guest assemblies.

During this time, he was also a visiting researcher at Columbia University in the group of Professor Colin Nuckolls, investigating carbon nanomaterial-based semiconducting materials and devices. In 2019 Tim moved to the University of Birmingham to take up a Lectureship in the School of Chemistry.

Postgraduate supervision

Tim is interested in supervising MSci and postgraduate students in the following areas:

  • Supramolecular chemistry; molecular recognition and sensing, including chiral guests
  • Synthesis and photophysics of organic dye molecules for e.g. artificial photosynthesis
  • Organic electronic materials including carbon nanomaterials e.g. fullerenes
  • Mechanically interlocked molecules as switches and machines
If you are interested in this research, please reach out to Dr Barendt via the contact details above.


Research themes include:

  • Supramolecular host–guest chemistry for sensing
  • Organic dyes, including chiral molecules and artificial photosynthesis 
  • Interlocked molecules as molecular machines
  • Organic electronic materials, including carbon nanomaterials

This requires a variety of techniques such as NMR spectroscopy, HPLC, electrochemistry and photophysical analysis.


  •  T. A. Barendt, W. K. Myers, S. P. Cornes, M. A. Lebedeva, K. Porfyrakis, I. Marques, V. Félix & P. D. Beer, (2020) The green box: an electronically versatile perylene diimide macrocyclic host for fullerenes, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142, 349. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b10929
  •  T. A. Barendt, M. L. Ball, Q. Xu, B. Zhang, B. Fowler, A. Schattman, V. C. Ritter, M. L. Steigerwald & C. Nuckolls, (2020) Supramolecular Assemblies for Electronic Materials, Chemistry A European Journal, 26, 3744. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202000514
  •  T. A. Barendt, I. Rašović, M. A. Lebedeva, G. A. Farrow, A. Auty, D. Chekulaev, I. V. Sazanovich, J. A. Weinstein, K. Porfyrakis & P. D. Beer, (2018) Anion mediated photophysical behavior in a C60 fullerene [3]rotaxane shuttle, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 140, 1924. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b12819
  •  T. A. Barendt, L. Ferreira, I. Marques, V. Félix & P. D. Beer, (2017) Anion- and solvent-induced rotary dynamics and sensing in a perylene diimide [3]catenane, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139, 9026. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b04295