Alexander Barnes

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Alexander Benjamin Barnes
Born (1981-05-01) May 1, 1981 (age 38)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)
Whitman College (BS)
Known forinnovations in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Awards2019 Varian Young Investigator Award
2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
Scientific career
InstitutionsETH Zurich
Washington University in St. Louis
Stanford University
Doctoral advisorRobert G. Griffin

Alexander Benjamin Barnes is an American chemist. Educated at Whitman College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and ETH Zurich.


Alexander Barnes earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 2003 from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. After earning his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2011 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under advisor Robert G. Griffin, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Stanford University.[1] He was an assistant chemistry professor of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis from 2012-2019[2], and is presently a Full Professor of Solid State NMR Spectroscopy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich[3].

Barnes specializes in developing hardware for the interrogation of chemical structures using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. Some of his most notable innovations include the use of spherical sample containers instead of cylindrical ones,[4] frequency-agile gyrotrons for use in dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) NMR experiments,[5] and improving the signal-to-noise ratio of NMR experiments by operation at liquid helium temperatures.[6]

In 2018, Barnes received the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.[7][8]

At the 2019 Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference[9] in Asilomar, California, Barnes was presented with the second-ever Varian Young Investigator award.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Alexander Barnes CV" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Alexander Barnes WUSTL Website".
  3. ^ "11 professors appointed at ETH Zurich".
  4. ^ "Magic angle spinning spheres".
  5. ^ "Frequency-agile gyrotron for electron decoupling and pulsed dynamic nuclear polarization" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Electron decoupling with cross polarization and dynamic nuclear polarization below 6 K".
  7. ^ "2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards".
  8. ^ "Chemist Barnes receives teacher-scholar award".
  9. ^ "Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference".
  11. ^ "Conference Program ENC 2019".