Jim Barr Ph.D. Chemistry Office: ANS 109
Lab: ANS 108
Phone: 731-989-6348
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B.S., Chemistry, Freed-Hardeman University, 1999

M.S., Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, 2004

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Memphis, 2020

Office Hours

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Class Schedule

BPH300/400 Special Topics & Seminar
M: 4:00pm - 4:50pm (BK 152)

BPH300/400 Special Topics & Seminar
W: 4:00pm - 4:50pm (BK 152)

CHE321 Organic Chemistry I
MWF: 8:30am - 9:20am (ANS 105)

CHE322L Organic Chemistry I Lab
T: 12:00pm - 2:50pm (ANS 105)

CHE322L Organic Chemistry I Lab
T: 3:00pm - 5:50pm (ANS 105)

PHS111 Physical Science I
MWF: 12:00pm - 12:50pm (ASC 107)


About Jim Barr

Chemistry has interested me since my first day of high school chemistry when Mr. Luthy ignited a large jug of methanol vapor that singed the ceiling tile leaving a discolored ring. I took an "advanced" chemistry course the subsequent year and have been immersed in the discipline ever since.

I attended Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) after high school and graduated with a degree in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. My intention was to continue into pharmaceutical research, but I always had this nagging interest in physics and, at the last moment, decided to go on to graduate school to pursue a degree in chemical physics. This decision was surely because of my time spent with Dr. DeLay and Dr. Thornthwaite who both, in their own quirky and thoughtful ways, opened my eyes to the fascinating realm of chemistry that I have enjoyed ever since those youthful days.

I attended the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) after graduating from FHU and had the opportunity to take part in several different research projects as well as work with the Department of Energy at Sandia National Laboratory in their Combustion Research Facility. I worked with Dr. Cline at UNR and was fortunate to have great success in our projects involved in chemical dynamics and molecular control. In 2005, after graduation, I decided to return to FHU and joined the chemistry faculty.

I began my Ph.D. in 2010 through the University of Memphis and initially worked with Dr. Webster in the area of computation chemistry considering the isomerization pathways of organometallic photochromic targets. I switched groups in 2014 to work with Dr. Wang, which was a tremendous blessing, and continued computation research, but turned to consider plasmonic properties of metal nanoparticles. I finished my Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2020.

I was greatly blessed while a student at FHU. The faculty were considerate and encouraging, and the Christian atmosphere was nurturing such that I can truly say that I would not be the person I am today without FHU. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work in both experimental and computational chemistry, and I believe this provides me with excellent perspective and experience to help guide the young people I'm around every day. My desire is to continue to help provide a place of learning that will foster academic excellence as well as spiritual growth and maturity.

May God use me to accomplish His will and may I always keep my eyes open to opportunities to be more fully transformed into the image of His Son.