People & Research

Mikhail V. Barybin

Associate Professor

Mikhail Barybin photo

1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Malott Hall, Room 1025
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

Phone: (785) 864-4106

Fax: (785) 864-5396


Academic Degrees

  • B.S. in Chemistry with Minor in Mathematics (fulfilled requirements), 1994, Higher Chemical College, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1999, University of Minnesota
  • Postdoctoral Associate, 1999-2001, MIT


  • 2011 Outstanding Educator Award, KU Mortar Board Honor Society, 2011
  • Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award, CLAS, University of Kansas, 2010
  • DuPont Young Professor Award, 2007
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2006
  • First Award, Kansas NSF EPSCoR, 2003
  • Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1998 – 1999
  • Lando-NSF REU Summer Fellowship Award, University of Minnesota, 1993
  • B. Yeltsin Presidential Fellow, Higher College of Chemistry (Russia), 1993 - 1994
  • 1st Prize, All Russia Competition of Undergraduate Students in Chemistry Research, Russian Chemical Society, 1992

Areas of Specialization

Organometallic, Coordination, and Supramolecular Chemistry

Research Interests

Barybin Research Group Webpage

Our research program is at the interface of inorganic, coordination, organic, and materials branches of chemistry. It largely involves development of organometallic and inorganic synthetic methodologies and studies of electron delocalization and transport in electron-rich organometallics. For example, we have recently devised strategies for incorporating the electronically unusual azulenic motif (a carbon framework involving fused 5- and 7-membered rings) into molecular and supramolecular hybrid metal/organic ensembles relevant for applications in molecular electronics and nanotechnology. We employ a variety of theoretical, analytical, and spectroscopic tools to assess physicochemical properties of the new compounds/materials established in our laboratory as well as guide our synthetic efforts. Among these methods are multinuclear and multidimensional NMR (including NMR of paramagnetic molecules and ions), organic and organometallic electrochemistry, single crystal X-ray crystallography, electronic and vibrational spectroscopies, Density Functional Theory calculations, and various surface and imaging techniques. The current projects can be grouped into the following categories:

  • Azulene-based organometallics: toward new hybrid metal/organic compounds and materials with unusual electron transport and optical properties

Azulene-based organometallics

(e.g., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 2300-2309)

  • Reversible electron-rich electrochromic systems, compact molecular electron reservoirs

Reversible electron-rich electrochromic systems

(e.g., Organometallics 2004, 23, 2927-2938)

  • Designed organic surfaces for electronics or sensing applications

Designed organic surfaces for electronics or sensing applications

(e.g., Langmuir 2006, 22, 4599-4606)

Selected publications

Neal, B. M.; Vorushilov, A. S.; DeLaRosa, A. M.; Robinson, R. E.; Berrie, C. L.; Barybin, M. V. "Ancillary Nitrile Substituents as Convenient IR Spectroscopic Reporters for Self-Assembly of Mercapto- and Isocyanoazulenes on Au(111)," Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 10803-10805.

McGinnis, D. M.; Deplazes, S. F.; Barybin, M. V. “Synthesis, properties and complexation of (pS)-1-isocyano-2-methylferrocene, the first planar-chiral isocyanide ligand,” J. Organomet. Chem. 2011, 696, 3939-3944 (Special Issue on Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis Invoking Metal-Carbon Multiple Bonds).

Motohashi, S.; Nagase, K.; Nakakita, T.; Matsuo, T.; Yoshida, Y.; Kawakubo, T.; Miura, M.; Toriyama, M.; Barybin, M. V. “Stereochemically Controlled Asymmetric 1,2-Reduction of Enons Mediated by a Chiral Sulfoxide Moiety and a Lanthanum(III) Ion,” Journal of Organic Chemistry 2011, 76, 3922-3936.

Barybin, M. V. “Book review of Functional Supramolecular Architectures: For Organic Electronics and Nanotechnology, Vols. 1 and 2,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133, 8774.

Barybin, M. V. “Nonbenzenoid Aromatic Isocyanides: New Coordination Building Blocks for Organometallic and Surface Chemistry,” Coord. Chem. Rev. 2010, 254, 1240-1252.

Alberding, B. G.; Barybin, M. V.; Chisholm, M. H.; Gustafson, T. L.; Reed, C. R.; Robinson, R.E.; Patmore, N. J.; Singh, N.; Turro, C. “Molecular, Electronic Structure and Spectroscopic Properties of MM Quadruply Bonded Units Supported by Trans-6-carboethoxy-2-carboxylatoazulene Ligands,” Dalton Trans. 2010, 39, 1979–1984.

Maher, T. R.; Spaeth, A. D.; Neal, B. M.; Berrie, C. L.; Thompson, W. H.; Day, V. W.; Barybin, M. V. “Linear 6,6’-Biazulenyl Framework Featuring Isocyanide Termini: Synthesis, Structure, Redox Behavior, Complexation, and Self-Assembly on Au(111),” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 15924-15926..

Toriyama, M.; Maher, T.R.; Holovics, T.C.; Vanka, K.; Day, V.W.; Berrie, C.L.; Thompson, W.H.; Barybin, M.V. "Multipoint Anchoring of the [] Metacyclophane Motif to a Gold Surface via Self-Assembly: Coordination Chemistry of a Cyclic Tetraisocyanide Revisited," Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 3284-3291.

Barybin, M. V.; Chisholm, M. H.; Patmore, N. J.; Robinson, R. E.; Singh, N. “Concerning the Molecular and Electronic Structure of a Tungsten-Tungsten Quadruply Bonded Complex Supported by Two 6-Carboethoxy-2-carboxylatoazulene Ligands,” Chem. Commun. 2007, 3652-3654.

Barybin, M. V.; Brennessel, W. W.; Kucera, B. E.; Minyaev, M. E.; Sussman, V. J.; Young, V. G., Jr.; Ellis, J. E. “Homoleptic Isocyanidemetalates of 4d- and 5d-Transition Metals: [Nb(CNXyl)6]-, [Ta(CNXyl)6]-, and Derivatives Thereof,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 1141-1150.

DuBose, D. L.; Moody, D.; Robinson, R. E.; Holovics, T. C.; Weintrob, E. C.; Berrie, C. L.; Barybin, M. V. “Interaction of Mono- and Diisocyanoazulene Derivatives with Gold Surface: First Examples of Self-Assembled Monolayer Films Involving Azulenic Scaffolds,” Langmuir 2006, 22, 4599-4606.

Holovics, T. C.; Robinson, R. E.; Weintrob, E. C.; Toriyama, M.; Lushington, G. H.; Barybin, M. V. “The 2,6-Diisocyanoazulene Motif: Synthesis and Efficient Mono- and Heterobimetallic Complexation with Controlled Orientation of the Azulenic Dipole,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 2300-2309.

Barybin, M. V.; Chisholm, M. H.; Dalal, N. S.; Holovics, T. H.; Patmore, N. J.; Robinson, R. E.; Zipse, D. J. “Long-Range Electronic Coupling of MM Quadruple Bonds (M = Mo or W) via a 2,6-Azulenedicarboxylate Bridge,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 15182-15190.

Robinson, R. E.; Holovics, T. C.; Deplazes, S. F.; Lushington, G. H.; Powell, D. R.; Thompson, W. H. Barybin, M. V. “Five Possible Isocyanoazulenes and Electron-Rich Complexes Thereof: A Quantitative Organometallic Approach for Probing Electronic Inhomogeneity of the Azulenic Framework,” Organometallics 2005, 24, 2386-2397.

Damaso, C. O.; Bunce, R. A.; Barybin, M. V.; Wilks, A.; Rivera, M. “The Ferrous Verdoheme Heme Oxygenase Complex is Six-Coordinated and Low Spin," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 17582-17583.

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